Ichigo daifuku is a classic and well loved Japanese sweet. Made with soft, stretchy homemade sweet rice mochi wrapped around succulent strawberries coated in smooth red bean paste, you can now make this irresistible dessert from scratch at home!
what you'll need:
» smooth red bean paste (koshian)
» glutinous rice flour (shiratamako or mochiko)
» caster sugar
» potato starch or corn starch
Roll the koshian
Divide the red bean paste into 20g pieces and roll into balls. Store in the fridge between steps.
Prepare the strawberries
Wash the strawberries and dry thoroughly. Cut off the stems and place on a sheet of kitchen paper to absorb excess moisture.
Wrap the strawberries
Flatten each ball of koshian in the palm of your hand and place the strawberry in the centre. Wrap it around the edges of the strawberry leaving the tip exposed.
Store the red bean paste wrapped strawberries in a sealed container in the fridge until later.
Mix dry ingredients
Whisk the glutinous rice flour and sugar together in a microwavable mixing bowl.
Add the water
Add the water all at once and whisk until smooth.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds at 600W.
Mix and microwave
Carefully peel back the plastic wrap and mix well to break up the lumps. Be sure to scrape the edges too. Cover and microwave again for 2 mins at 600W.
Mix the mochi vigorously with a spatula until it becomes slightly translucent.
Use the spatula to scrape the mochi onto a surface generously coated with starch. Sprinkle starch over the top too.
Stretch the mochi out until approx 1 cm thick using either starch coated hands or a rolling pin. Cut into equal pieces.
Place the coated strawberry in the centre of the mochi dough with the point facing down.
Pull the corners over the base of the strawberry to meet in the middle. Pinch the corners and seams together to seal the mochi.
Roll each mochi in your hand to neaten it up into a ball shape and store in a starch coated container or cupcake cases. Enjoy!
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