I had a fun time making mochi. I made the red beans in my crock pot, and added sugar after cooking. Then I made mochi in the microwave. I covered my cutting board in plastic and corn starch and it wasn't too sticky.
It wouldn't be a good entry without showing off the bean paste!
To make the red bean paste I used a standard crock pot recipe to make beans (just beans plus water). After it was done I blended a cup of drained beans with I think 2/3 cup sugar in the blender. Then I cooked it in a non stick pan on low until it became a paste. I refrigerated it and rolled out 9 little balls of red bean paste. Then I made microwave mochi. I put 1.5 cups of glutinous rice flour, .75 cups of sugar and 1.5 cups of water together in a microwave dish and mixed well. Then I microwaved it with a loose plastic cover for 4 min. After that I stirred well and then with corn starch on my hands and board I shaped flat rounds and put the red bean paste in the center. It came out on the gooey side so next time I might try 5 min, but you definitely don't want to over cook!
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