Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Butter Mochi

A few years ago, a friend gave me Hawaii's Best Mochi Recipes as a birthday present, and I've been enjoying experimenting with mochi ever since. Mochi is a Japanese rice cake that has Chinese, Filipino, and other Asian counterparts. And because of its rich history of Asian culture, Hawaii is a hotbed of hundreds of varieties of the gooey dessert.

I've been trying to perfect my butter mochi for a while now. This most recent batch came out too dry and cakey - I blame our feisty oven. The best butter mochi is moist, soft and chewy. Try it out, and let me know how it goes!

A few notes: mochiko can be found an almost any Asian food section of your local grocery store, so don't worry about having to make a special trip. Mochi will keep for a few days. Do not freeze or refrigerate baked mochi.

Butter Mochi
1 pound mochiko (16 oz. box)
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
5 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 can coconut milk (12 oz.)

In large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add in remaining ingredients. Mix with wire wisk until batter is smooth. Pour into well-greased 9x13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool and cut into squares with a plastic knife.


  1. Looks very interesting. I'm going to add it to my "I gotta Try This!" list.

  2. Absolutely YUMMY! Hi Larissa, it always happens at this time of year when the season changes (gets colder!) and I start looking around the net for ex-islander blogs 'cause I want to be reminded of home through the food and ramblings on the best place on earth -- Hawaii! Wish I could go back this xmas but no can do. Thanks for a great mochi put a smile on my homesick face this morning.

    P.S. I found your site when I was googling Taste of Hawaii. Man that laulau image made me drool all over the keyboard!

  3. This is a new ingredient to me. will have to try n get my hands on some now :) thanks for sharing.

  4. I just made Banana Mochi Bread the other day for the first time. Practically the same as regular banana bread, but put mochi flour & some Bisquick instead of regular flour. Good stuff. I'll send you the recipe.

  5. i've been also trying to make the perfect butter mochi cake. i like my mochi cake more bready. can you tell us how to make it more cake like?


  6. h0w much servings d0es this make??

  7. thanks so very much...this has turned out to be one of our family favorites :P