Mochi with Red Bean Paste Filling (Daifuku)

Adapted from Vegan Yum Yum

Yield: about 12 pieces                                                                                       


Note:  Make the filling first!


Filling:

1/2 cup water

1 cup sugar

14 oz can Adzuki beans

1 tbsp.  vegetable oil

Pinch of salt

  1. In a small saucepan, heat water and sugar over high heat until boiling and sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat.  Pour into small heat-proof bowl; set aside.
  2. Open the can of Adzuki beans and drain.  Pour into the saucepan and mash with a fork.  Add 1/3 cup of the sugar syrup and the oil.  Return saucepan to medium heat and stir beans until thick and glossy.  More  of the sugar syrup can be added for extra sweetness. 

Mochi:

1 1/2 cups glutinous rice flour

¼ cup sugar

2/3 cups water

2 drops red or green food coloring

1/2 cup cornstarch

  1. Combine the glutinous rice flour, sugar, water, and food coloring in a medium size microwave safe bowl.  Using a rubber spatula, stir the mixture well until no lumps remain.  Scrape away any excess liquid mochi mixture that may have been sloshed high on the sides of the bowl while stirring.
  2. Lightly cover bowl with plastic wrap and microwave for 2 minutes. Remove from the microwave and stir well. Dough will very thick!  Stir as best you can with a sturdy spatula.  Re-cover and return to microwave; heat for 1 minute.
  3. When dough begins to inflate while cooking, and then deflates with the microwave door is opened – it’s ready!  If dough doesn't inflate during the previous one minute of cooking time, microwave for 1 additional minute.
  4. Remove the bowl from the microwave. Sprinkle a cutting board with half the cornstarch; scrape the hot dough onto the cornstarch and then pat the surface with cornstarch-coated hands.  Stretch dough gently and use your hands to flatten it.  Cut into 10-12 pieces. Place 1-2 tsp. of filling on a mochi piece and gently pinch the edges together to seal.
Note: I think these are best eaten the same day, but they can be kept fresh with plastic wrap and refrigeration.
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