Saturday, April 14, 2012

Sakura Mochi Recipe

In honor of the Japanese Cherry Blossom festival, I'd like to share with you all, the traditional treat- Sakura Mochi. Or Cherry Blossom Mochi. It's perfectly pink and pretty, just like the Japanese flowers. I loved watching people making mochi today at the festival, so I wanted to try my hand at it and make some of my own.

While it wasn't as wonderful as the pro's, I thought they were pretty good... and if anything they certainly looked pretty.

What You'll Need

3/4 cup glutinous rice flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup water
3/4 cup red bean paste
2-3 drops of red food coloring
Pickled Sakura leaves

Boil your water in a pan, and mix in the glutinous flour. Cover your pan and let it boil for five minutes. Next, place a wet cloth in a steamer and put the dough on the cloth. Steam the dough for 20 minutes over medium heat and then set aside in a separate bowl. Mash the dough up and mix in your sugar, along with a couple of drops of red food dye diluted in water. Divide the dough into balls and flatten them. Put a little bit of red bean paste on the dough as a nice filling. Then round out the dough by hand. Wrap your pickled sakura leaf around the mochi and you're all done.
Now you have a tasty Japanese treat in keeping with the season of the blooming Cherry Blossoms.


  1. Looks cute even though it's food :)

  2. i love mochi!! its super addicting!