Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How to Make Ichigo Daifuku, A Japanese Mochi Dessert Stuffed with Strawberry and Anko

     This weekend, I purchased fresh strawberries at my local supermarket and made ichigo daifuku (いちご大福, 苺大福), which is one of traditional Japanese confections, wagashi (和菓子). Ichigo (いちご) means a strawberry in Japanese. Daifuku (大福) is mochi dessert stuffed with anko (あんこ, 餡), which is sweetened red bean pastes. Thus, ichigo daifuku is mochi dessert stuffed with a strawberry and anko. It looks difficult to make but is actually pretty easy. :)  Today, I'm going to share how to make ichigo daifuku with you.

Ingredients (6 Pieces of Ichigo Daifuku)

■For Mochi
 5oz (150g) of Mochiko
 1.7oz (50g) of Sugar
 Nip of Salt
 8 fl oz (230g) of Water

■For Filling
 6 Fresh Strawberries (Medium Size)
 Anko, Sweetened Red Bean Pastes
 ※You can also add cream cheese for ichigo cheese daifuku if you like.

■Other
 Katakuriko, Japanese Potato Starch




1. Mix mochiko, sugar and salt in a large bowl.


2. Add water in it. Mix them thoroughly.


3. Cover a lid (or plastic wrap), and microwave it for 2 minutes. Stir the dough thoroughly. 


4. Cover the lid, and microwave it for anther 2 minutes. Then, stir it thoroughly.


5. Cover the lid, and microwave it for 30 seconds or so until the dough is evenly cooked. Stir the dough thoroughly.


6. Wrap a strawberry with anko. (If you make ichigo cheese daifuku, wrap a strawberry and cream cheese with anko.) Make 6 pieces.


7. Wet your hands. Divide the dough in 6 pieces (It depends on the size of strawberries.). Take a piece of the dough (mochi) with your wet hands. Make flat and round mochi. Put a strawberry with anko on mochi. Then, wrap it by stretching mochi.





8. Put some katakuriko on a large plate, and put the daifuku. Dust your hands and daifuku with katakuriko.


9. Serve and enjoy! You can cut it in half to enjoy seeing the inside.






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