Wash the rice a few times (see Japanese rice basics for the method) in several changes of water. Looking back, my aunt and uncle's mochitsuki concert seems like a reflection of their marriage. http://www.microsofttranslator.com/bv.aspx?ref=SERP&br=ro&mkt=en-US&dl=e... Homemade mochi - my bread machine version, http://justbento.com/forum/type-dango-ish-thingy, Masataka Taketsuru, The Father of Japanese Whiskey And His Two Loves. I've tried making mochi in a food processor - once. This New Year will be the first one they will be apart in decades, since Uncle Isao passed away this earlier this year. I dind't have a "real" recipe for kagami mochi, I still don't know how to make it the "right" way.;-). I don't have an industrial strength mixer but I do have a basic bread machine (a cast off from my parents). You cannot make the mochi described in Maki's article with regular rice - but there are other things you can make. Hi, Maki. ), Now i'm very excited to fine this short article. Your blog is the best! The step where I heated the bread maker bin with boiling water seemed to be enough to let the breadmachine paddle work its magic on the rice and convert it to mochi, takes about 20 minutes. I want to eat mochi! When I remembered, I decided to try toasting it since I figured nothing ventured, nothing gained. I do have have one question about it though; do you think sweet brown rice will work as well as the white in the mixer? Unfortunately, I'll miss the family making fun of each other while burning our hands on hot melted rice. Initially, I had the same issue and my mochi was droopy. After rinsing the rice, put it in a bowl with plenty of water, and leave for several hours or over night. Do you think it could work with a high power blender instead of the Kitchen-Aid? If you also intend to buy other appliances, such as a rice cooker, you may better get a 2000 VA model (you may also take into consideration your power installation; if you have 6A fuses, you can't go much over 1000 W for the appliance. When it came out we let the kids pound it for just a few minutes with pestels (be sure to wet them with water first so they don't stick). You have such beautiful memories of mochi. If ordering online isn't an option you might be able to find high glutton short grain sweet rice and mill your own flour from it. Yet, I never ever saw them fight or even have tension between them, even when I lived with them for a couple of months when I was 16. Can anyone think of any reason why this wouldn't work? And she did just that, especially after my grandparents passed away. Pure mochi rice mochi, described in this article, dries out very fast, and has to be eaten when just freshly made, or allowed to dry out (as it is for mochi cakes or mochi used as ceremonial decorations, e.g. I think I saw this done on a cooking site but I can't remember what site nor for what recipe. Or must I go to find mochi rice? Does it still work for dango or not? love to hear that little story about your uncle. Alternatively, put the mochi dough on a surface covered with cornstarch or potato starch, cover with a dusting of more of the same, and leave to dry out a bit - a day should do it. Must stress that I have a very basic model with no sophisticated functions and just one tough kneading blade - Hinari HB164. How far could I get with one of these? The mochi came about great! When this mixture is heated and cooked, it forms a sticky dough. Also, I was touched by your memory of your Aunt and Uncle pounding mochi together - what a beautiful picture you paint of them!