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Ichigo Daifukumochi

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Daifuku (大福: literally "great luck") is a traditional Japanese confectionery. It is a mochi (glutinous rice cake) stuffed with anko (azuki - red bean paste). Ichigo (strawberry) daifuku is a rice cake with strawberry and red bean paste filling.
Directions

MAKING
1. Divide Tsubu-An (red bean paste with skin of beans) into 6 portions and wrap the strawberries.
2. Put Kiri-Mochi, sugar, and water in a microwavable glass container. Lightly cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 3 minutes at 500w.
3. When the mochi is done, use wooden spatula or rice paddle and knead. Lift up and mix until water dissolves.
4. Place Mochitoriko flour in a flat container, dust the mochi and divide it into 6 portions.
5. Flatten down a piece of mochi, put the bean paste in the center, and pinch to close.

SERVING
6. Arrange on a platter. Dust the Ichigo Daifukumochi with cornstarch to prevent them from getting sticky.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Cuisine: 
Japanese
Course: 
Dessert
Taste: 
Sweet
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Strawberry
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Servings: 
6
A soft, pillowy rice flour ball filled with sweet bean paste and a ripe strawberry, this traditional Japanese confection makes a wonderful summer cocktail-party dessert. In this tutorial, learn how to make Ichigo Daifuku using Kiri-mochi (square pieces of rice cake, packed individually), which are easily available at Asian foods supermarkets or Japanese grocery stores.

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