When Zac Young challenged the Next Chefs to make their 'signature' cookie, I will admit that I was a little perplexed. Though the challenge did not have to be a cookie, we were encouraged to think outside the box and be original. I think that what I made says a lot about me as The Aimless Cook. It's simple and straight forward, has fun with flavours and is very satisfying and comforting... all in one bite. Hope you enjoy this.
1) Start by taking a block of mochi and slicing it in half lengthwise to make it about a quarter inch thick.
2) Add it to a dry non-stick pan on medium heat and turn frequently to get it evenly toasted. Alternatively, you can put it under the broiler, on the grill or even in your wafflemaker if you have one.
3) In a mixing bowl, combine about a 1/4 cup of softened butter, 1 tsp of shiromiso, 2 tbsp of sugar and a dash of vanilla extract. Whisk together until you get something like a whipped butter icing.
4) When the mochi is nice and toasty, it time to assemble your bite. Simply start by topping the mochi with a generous topping of the sweet miso butter. Next, sprinkle with a touch of soy sauce, then finish with sesame seeds and shredded nori.