Good morning . ????? I made soft ichigo daifuku Strawberry Daifuku (Strawberry Mochi) いちご大福 Daifuku is a traditional Japanese wagashi . This one is mochi with anko (sweet red bean paste) and strawberry filling. There are many varieties of Daifuku, but it’s the same soft mochi with different fillings . During the spring time, Japanese confectionery shops sells a seasonal daifuku. This one always reminds me of the Sakura season I spent in Kyoto and visiting the beautiful shrines and temples. I’m not very experienced at making these but they taste delicious with a delicate green tea. If only I could be there this spring . My life is kind of in turmoil at the moment and my future very uncertain I need some calm before the storm so things like these help me some how to bring back wonderful memories of past travels to Japan. Daifuku actually means ( great luck) that’s something I definitely need at the moment.
To make these delicious treats you will need
40g of shiratama rice flour
3 small strawberries
red bean paste
10g of unrefined caster sugar
potato starch ( I like to use one from Hokkaido) ( Toyo potato starch powder )
you will need a plastic microwaveable bowl plastic spatula plastic wrap and a good clean open work service ( it can get a bit messy )
First get a ball of red bean paste in plastic wrap and flatten it out . Put a strawberry in the middle and cover the strawberry with red bean paste . Do this to all three strawberries .
Thenmix flour and water in your bowl and add the sugar and mix well.
cover the bowl with plastic wrap and microwave for 2 mins
uncover and mix well
cover and microwave again for a further one min .
cover your service in potato starch and your hands
knead potato starch to make your mochi keep adding potato starch I like to keep a bowl to hand with some in ready . Then when it’s nice and stretchy make three balls .
Then flatten each ball and mould the mochi around your already read bean paste covered strawberries .
they are ready .
slice with a sharp knife and enjoy like this one with a green tea.