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I got a waffle iron for Christmas and wanted to try out the Mochi waffle recipe. I've never worked with or even seen Mochi before. Any tips on buying and working with mochi?
I buy mochi at the health food store in the refrigerated section. It looks like a flat, brown rectangle of smushed brown rice in a package lol. Very hard when you open it, but cooking it softens it right up. I don't know how to make waffles out of it since I don't own a waffle iron, but it should be exciting! I think you just put the mochi in the (greased?) waffle iron and let the magic begin! Perhaps someone more knowledgeable than I will answer this post...but at least I can proudly say that I have bought mochi before :) haha.
Ohhhhhhhh That is a GREAT idea! I'm going to have to try this one out myself. Marcinic, please update us if you test this out. Let us know how it turns out!
I was visiting www.edenfoods.com recently and they have over 900 recipes. I went crazy of course and printed off several. I think I saw recipes for mochi pancakes and waffles there. I like the recipes in that all the eden products are highlighted and you can order them one at a time or click on order all products. I haven't tried mochi yet either. Does mashing the rice change the flavor?
So yummy! Try buying raisin-cinnamon mochi when making waffles!
The cinnamon raisin mochi makes awesome waffles. There is a recipe in TKD for mochi waffles. I followed it the first time, more or less. :)
Basically, I spray the waffle iron very lightly, then allow it to warm up. While it's warming up, cut up the mochi into strips about 1/4 inch by 3-4 inches long. Once warm, place the strips on the waffle iron. I try to make sure that I place strips so that they go into the deep grooves. (I have a belgian waffle iron) Close it and leave it alone!! The recipe in TKD says that it cooks in some really short amount of time, but in my experience, it takes a good 10+ minutes for it to cook, which is frankly about the same as it takes for regular waffles. Since this isn't dough like for regular waffles, it helps NOT to open/close the iron too much. The mochi gets smooshed and isn't as waffle-y.
Mochi tastes quite different from regular rice. It is made with a special variety of "sweet" rice. I love the cinn-raisin for waffles. I've also used the multi-seed variety with good results.
I think I should try making these again with the cinn-raisin mochi. I made them with plain mochi this morning and I didn't really like it. The good thing was that it was easy to make and they really looked like waffles, I just wasn't into the taste.