Daifuku are an extremely popular traditional Japanese delicacy. There’s just nothing else like it!
They are the absolute perfect desert in that they’re vegan, use absolutely no added fat, they’re rich in protein, and they meet our amino acid requirements!
– For anyone who hasn’t tried them before, they have the most incredible gooey texture on the outside (similar to a marshmallow, but faaar gooier! …kind of like a cross between marshmallows & melted mozzarella). And on the inside, is azuki which is made from azuki beans, but it’s so sweet and delicious that I’ve had friends mistake it for chocolate! – I absolutely recommend them (:
But, here’s what I did:
First I make some azuki following the recipe I posted before – this is going to be the filling.
For the mochi (for one daifku), I use:
- 3 tbsp glutenous rice flour
- 1/4 tsp sugar (Optional. Also, I used brown sugar, that’s why the colouring is a little brown for this one)
- pinch of salt
- 5 tbsp hot water
-I put the ingredients in a bowl & mix together with a spoon.
-Then I add hot water and keep mixing it in until the mixture is soft, but still very thick and gooey…thinner than bread dough, but thicker than cake dough.
-Put it in the microwave on high for 30 seconds – until the mixture juuust begins to rise (don’t overheat!)
-Then I take it out of the microwave and mix it with a spoon. Moving quickly while it’s still hot, I wet my hands with water and powder my hands with cornstarch, and place the dough on top of a plate with a small amount of cornstarch.
…and then just wrap it around 1 tbsp of anko!
It takes a bit of practice to get it right, as the dough is so very, very sticky…but I don’t even care because it’s just sooo good 😀
I used to buy them all the time…until I discovered a couple nights ago how incredibly easy they are to make! So, so happy 😀
I’m going to try out other ingredients, too. The traditional filling is azuki, but there are many variations such as chocolate or sesame paste filling, or mixing matcha in to the mochi layer…or maybe some banana! I’m not sure, but I’ll get creative and keep you all updated! (:
– I’m curious, has anyone else ever tried making (or eating!) daifuku?