40g praliné chocolate for cooking (or milk chocolate)
20g crepe dentelle - crush to small pieces
2 tsp sugar and maybe a dash of fine salt if you like
1 tbsp heavy cream
For the mochi :
60g glutinous rice flour
a dash of salt
1. In a heat-safe cooking bowl, add white chocolate and microwave 1 to 1.5min at 600w. Add coconut oil and mix. Spread white chocolate thinly in each cavity (round shaped ideally) of your mold. Keep in the freezer for now.
2. Spread hazelnuts over your baking tray (lined with a baking sheet) and bake for 15 min at 160℃. Let it cool down until safe to touch. Then gently rub with your hands until skin comes off.
3. Place the nuts in a food processor and process them until finely ground (do not overmix). Set aside.
4. In a heat-safe bowl, add praline chocolate (or milk chocolate) and microwave 1 to 1.5 min at 600w. Mix and melt completely. Add ground hazelnuts in and mix. Then add crushed crepe dentelle, sugar and heavy cream. Mix well.
5. Take out the mold from the freezer and place filling in each hole. Chill in the fridge for about 1h (or until firm).
6.When filling is firm, make the mochi In a bowl, add the glutinous rice flour, sugar, salt and mix. Add the water in one go and mix well. Transfer into a cooking pot.
7. Cook over medium heat until the dough is smooth and silky (while stirring).
8. Sprinkle potato starch (katakuriko) onto the working surface and place the mochi on it. Spread potato starch over the mochi too.
9. Divide into 15 equal pieces. Take the fillings out of the fridge and take one piece. Place one mochi on the lightly floured surface and place one filling on the mochi (chocolate side down).
10. Wrap the mochi dough over the filling and close it. Dust the mochi with potato starch and shape it nice and round. Continue making with the remaining...
11. Cover with saran wrap and chill until you serve :)
150 to 200g sugar (use more or less depending on your taste)
a dash of salt
water, as much as necessary
1. Place azuki beans into a cooking pot and add about 800ml water (3 to 4 times the azuki weight). Cook over high heat and bring it to a boil.
2. Once it is boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 5 min. After 5min turn off the heat and cover, let it rest for 15 to 20 min. Then drain well.
3. Transfer the cooked azuki beans into a clean cooking pot. Add 600ml water, cook over medium-high heat and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, skim off scum. Then cover and cook for about 30 min over medium-low heat. Check regularly that the water level is high enough to cover the beans.
4. After 30 min, check if azuki is ready. If not soft enough, cook another 10 min. Once ok, remove from the heat. Cover and let it rest for 30 min.
5. After 30 min, turn the heat to medium-high heat. Again check that you have just enough water to cover the azuki (adjust by adding or removing water as needed). Just before it boils, add sugar (first 150g then add more if any till 200g) and a dash of salt.
6. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes on medium heat, while stirring occasionally. Let almost all the water evaporate. Transfer to a plate!
7. If you don't use it all, wrap the leftover and freeze. Usually I freeze it in separate 100g portion.
1.Making "Kuromitsu syrup" In a small cooking pot, add brown sugar and water. Heat over medium-high heat and bring it to a boil. Once boiled, simmer for about 1 minute. Set it aside in the fridge.
In a bowl, add tapioca powder (flour), sugar and water. Mix well. Transfer into a cooking pot.
3. Start cooking over medium-high heat, stir constantly until transparent and smooth (about 3 to 5 minutes).
4. Prepare a tray moistened with water. Transfer the mochi dough onto the tray. Flatten and smoothen it on the top. Let it to cool to room temperature. Then cover and chill in the fridge until firm enough to cut.
5. Take out the dough from the fridge, transfer to a cutting board. Cut it into bite sizes. Set aside.
6. In a plate or bowl, add kinako (soy bean flour) and sugar. Mix. Take a mochi piece and powder it with the kinako mix. Chill until you serve.
Prepare the silicone mould (here I use a 4cm diameter * 15-hole mould).
2. In a small cup, add sugar and cream stabilizer. Mix and set aside. Better use stabilizer if your cream is less than 35% fat.
3. In another bowl, add whipping cream and blend with an electric hand mixer for a few seconds. Then add the sugar mix. Beat until firm peaks form.
4. Add the whipped cream in the moulds. About 1 tsp in each mould. Flatten the cream top. Place the mango bits on the cream. Then cover with the remaining whipped cream. Flatten the top.
5. Move to the freezer until firm.
6.Making mochi (Only once the filling is firm!)
In a bowl, add glutinous rice flour, sugar and water. Mix well. Transfer into a cooking pot.
7. Heat over medium heat, stir constantly, until smooth and silky (about 2 to 4 minutes).
8. Spread katakuriko/potato starch onto your working surface or chopping board. Place the mochi. Divide into 15 pieces.
9. Take one mochi and shape it in a small disk (a bit bigger than 4cm). Pull out one filling from the freezer. Pull the edges of the mochi disc over the filling so as to cover it. Press together the edges to seal well. Smoothen the mochi by rolling it on the dusted board. Repeat with the others.
10. Keep in the fridge until the filling is unfrozen. Enjoy :)
In a small cooking pot, add sugar (15g) and 1 tsp water and bring it to a boil. Once it starts to be lightly brown, then add the nuts and stir for a few seconds. Transfer over the baking sheet and let it cool. Set aside.
2. In an another small cooking pot add heavy cream (50ml) and heat until almost boiled. Remove from the heat and add white chocolate (40g), mix gently until the chocolate blocks are melted completely. Transfer into a heat-safe bowl and let it cool to room temperature then chill in the fridge.
3. Once the chocolate mix is cold : in a medium bowl, add mascarpone, sugar and the chocolate mixture from #2. Mix well. Add matcha sifting with a sieve. Mix well. Add the nuts from #1 and mix.
4. Prepare the silicone mould (here I used a 4cm diameter * 15-hole mould). Place the matcha cream in each hole. Flatten the surface, using a spoon. Place in the freezer until it is frozen. I usually make this one day before I want to make mochi.
5.Mochi time! Once the cream is frozen, start preparing the mochi mixture : In a microwave safe glass bowl, combine flour and sugar. Stir to combine. Add the water and mix with an egg beater until smooth. Cover the bowl lightly with cling wrap.
6. Microwave the mixture for 1 minute. Then stir the dough with a spatula. Put it back in the microwave again for another minute and stir lightly. Put it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds (not 1 min) and stir. And once more microwave for 30 seconds and stir. The mixture should be now very thick and translucent.
7. Transfer the mochi dough on your working surface floured with katakuriko/potato starch. As it is very hot you should use a spatula or a dough cuter. Cut the mochi into 15 equal pieces. Don't forget to coat your hand with katakuriko/potato starch.
8. With your hands, take one of these pieces and flatten it into a thick disc. Then put a frozen cream ball from the freezer in the middle of the mochi disc. Pull out the cream balls one at a time from the freezer as they will melt quickly. Pull the edges of the dough disc together to cover the cream ball. Press together the edges to seal well. Smoothen the mochi by rolling it on the dusted board.
1 tbsp syrup which you like (monin syrup, maple syrup, mint alcoholic liqueur, etc….)
1. Have a container ready (high temperature proof) and syrup on the side as well.
2. In a cooking pot, add water and agar powder. Melt the powder over medium heat, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Heat and stir until the agar powder melts completely. It usually takes about 1 to 2 mins.
3. Add the sugar. Melt the sugar, stirring constantly to prevent burning with a spatula. It will be very foamy and bubbly. Keep on stirring for about 5 mins.
4. Remove from the heat and immediately pour into the container. Quickly add 1 tbsp syrup (not more) of your choice (or a tiny amount of food coloring, using tooth picks.) Mix well.
5. Chill in the fridge until it has set. It should be firm enough to cut.
6. Remove from the fridge and cut into small pieces (about 2 to 3 cm dices) and place them on a baking sheet. You can also coat the pieces with sugar to make them sweeter.
7. Let the candies sit there for 2 to 3 days (it may even take up to 5 days, as it depends on so many factors : climate, season,...). Eventually their surface should dry out completely. The candies will be crystallized with a jewelry finish. They are crunchy outside, but inside texture is like jelly.
You can keep your “kohakutou” in an airtight container for about 2 weeks.