Sakura Mochi a traditional spring wagashi made for Hinamatsuri and also to celebrate spring and the coming Sakura season.
There are three colours associated with the girls day festival . White is for purification, green for health and pink for luck. I made Sakura Mochi in the three colours. Sakura Mochi is Mochi rice cake with a sweet red bean paste filling and wrapped in a salted pickled Sakura leaf and topped with a salted Sakura flower. They are a nice combination of sweet and salty. Perfect with a green tea.
The recipe is basically the same as my ohagi recipe. If you live outside of japan you may not be able to get the leaves and blossom so easily although you maybe able to order them online from www.souschef.co.uk
I used matcha to colour the rice green and beetroot juice for the pink.
Why not try making Sakura Mochi to celebrate spring.