Grating the Mochi in this recipe is worth the extra bit of effort. It makes these cookies wonderfully soft and chewy.
Use some of the Amazake to soak the oats and the rest to separately soak the raisins. Let both the oats and raisins sit for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Mix all ingredients together, spoon onto cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Cut Mochi into 1" squares.
Heat Mochi Pieces in vegetable broth or Miso Soup, Dumpling Style.
Stir all ingredients until blended and Stuff Mochi Puffs for a delicious meal!
How to Puree Fresh Chestnuts: With a sharp knife, slash the flat side of each chestnut. Place in large saucepan; add enough water to cover chestnuts. Bring to boil; boil 3 minutes. Remove from heat; peel off outer shell and inner brown skin. Return the shelled nuts to boiling water in a saucepan. Cook 35 minutes more or until tender, adding more chestnuts through a sieve or food mill.
Cut 2 ripe but firm pears into chunks. Combine in a saucepan with 1/4 cup apple juice and stir over medium heat for 5-8 minutes.
Stir in a 1/4 cup apricot conserves. Set aside. Spoon fruit sauce over Mochi Breakfast Waffles and serve.
And unexpected and tasty variation on traditional breakfast waffles.
There are 2 simple methods to make Mochi Waffles, try either and let us know which one you liked best!
Pre-heat waffle iron on low setting. Cut 1" squares (or strips) of Raisin-Cinnamon, Chocolate Brownie or Cashew-Date Mochi and put a piece in each of the waffle iron sections. You may want to put a final piece in the middle, depending on the size of the iron.
Rest the upper lid on top of the Mochi pieces. When the waffle is ready, the jaws of the iron will have come together and your pieces will be blended into a single waffle. Remove waffle when it is slightly crisp.
For an airier, crunchier waffle, grate 1/2 package of Mochi with a grater. Heat waffle iron, then spread the grated Mochi over the iron to about 1/4" thickness.
Close waffle iron and cool until waffle removes easily from iron. Top with cream cheese, maple syrup and fresh strawberries or peaches. Serve with a hot fruit sauce such as apricot, blackberry or strawberry.
Arrange on a unoiled baking sheet, allowing room for expansion. Bake in preheated 400 degrees oven for about 8-12 minutes, until crispy, puffy and slightly golden. Serve immediately.
Dip Mochi bread sticks into bean dip, tofu pate, or vegetable spread. For a sweet treat, dip in nut butter, apple butter or jam.
Mochi cruotons are great sprinkled onto soups, stews or salads.
Baked Mochi is very easy to prepare. Pre-heat your oven or toaster oven to 450 degrees. With a heavy, sharp knife, cut a strip across and through your Mochi package about 1" wide (you can also cut a groove across it and break it apart).
Cut each strip into four or five pieces. Spread the pieces well apart on a baking sheet, and bake 8-10 minutes until puffed and browned. The Mochi puffs should be crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside.
Eat them fresh from the oven as is, or slit the puffs open and stuff with your favorite ingredients.