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A Signature Bite - Mochiyaki

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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 flavors and is very satisfying and comforting... all in one bite. Hope you enjoy this.
Ingredients
  Mochi 1 Medium, sliced into half lengthwise (1 Block of Mochi used)
For the sweet miso butter topping
  Softened butter 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Shiromiso 1 Teaspoon
  Sugar 2 Tablespoon
  Vanilla extract 1 Dash
For the garnish
  Soy sauce 1 Teaspoon (as required)
  Nori 1 Teaspoon, shredded (as required)
  Sesame seed 1⁄2 Teaspoon (as needed)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Take a block of mochi and slice it into half lengthwise. Each half should be a 1/4-inch thick.

MAKING
2. Take a non-stick dry pan and heat it up to a medium heat and add the mochi slices and toast it. Flip sides frequently to make sure they toast evenly.
3. In a mixing bowl, combine softened butter, shiromiso, sugar and vanilla extract. Whisk together till you get a whipped butter icing consistency.

FINALIZING
4. Assemble by laying the toasted mochi on a serving plate, topped with a generous serving of the sweet miso butter followed by a touch of soy sauce.
5. Finish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and shredded nori.

SERVING
6. Serve fresh.

NOTE
The mochi slices can be toasted under the broiler or a grill or even a waffle maker as an alternative to using a frying pan.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Asian
Course: 
Snack
Taste: 
Sweet
Method: 
Pan Roasting
Interest: 
Easy
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
15 Minutes
Servings: 
2
What is your signature cookie, which represents you? Jay thinks out of the box and makes his 'signature' cookie as “The Aimless Cook.” A Korean inspired cookie, it is simple, with amazing contrasting flavors and textures that makes one satisfying and comforting bite. Imagine the delicate balance of savory and sweet, brought together by a rice miso butter, add to that the satisfying toasted rice flavor and the textures of crispy and chewy, all in one delicious bite!

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