Daifuku is a Japanese sweet consisting of a small round glutinous rice cake/mochi stuffed with sweet filling. Most Daifuku are covered in a fine layer of corn or taro starch to prevent them from sticking to each other, believe me this is one sticky dessert without the flour. I adapted my Green Tea Daifuku from Hugbear aka LeeLee and used the basic red bean paste as filling. I have tried it plain with toasted ground peanuts before and it was yummy as well.
Recipe adapted from LeeLee:
- 1 cup glutinous rice flour
- 1/2 tsp. green tea powder (for baking)
- 180ml water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Red bean paste for filling
- Cornstarch for dusting (microwave cornstarch for 2 mins, let it cool completely before using)
1. In a glass bowl, combine flour, green tea powder and water. Stir to mix well. Then add in the sugar, stir til sugar dissolved.
2. Cover with a plastic wrap and microwave for 2 minutes. Remove and stir well. Return to microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir-well and check for doneness. If not, put it back for another 30 seconds, be careful not to burn it.
3. Flour the working surface with cornstarch and use a spoon to drop a ball of mochi on top and quickly cover it with starch. Divide into 8 or 10 pieces. Wrap the filling inside and cover with more cornstarch. Shape into balls and ready to serve.
Verdict: This daifuku is really soft with a strong green tea flavor and combined with the sweet red bean paste, what can I say but absolutely divine!