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Baked Butter Mochi

Baked Butter Mochi 16.000

Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Jun 27, 2019

You'll find this type of softly chewy, baked mochi served in Hawaii as a sweet treat, although if you are familiar renditions, this one calls for less butter.

Serve with softly whipped cream or ice cream.

Where to Buy: Mochiko (sweet rice flour) is found in larger supermarkets as well as in Asian markets.


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Tested size: 16 servings; makes generous 2-inch squares

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the pan
  • 1/2 cup (99 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups (207 grams) sweet rice flour (mochiko; see headnote)
  • 1 teaspoon (4 grams) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 grams)kosher salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Use a little butter to grease a 9-by-9-inch baking dish. Line the bottom with parchment paper so that 2 sides of the paper create a bit of overhang; this will make the slab of baked mochi easy to extract.

Sift together the sugar, sweet rice flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl. Add the 4 tablespoons of melted butter, the whole milk, coconut milk, eggs and vanilla extract, whisking to form a smooth batter. Pour into the baking dish, smoothing the surface with an offset spatula.

Bake (middle rack) until the center is set and the surface is golden brown, 50 minutes to 1 hour.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely (in the pan). Use the parchment to lift out the slab of baked mochi. Trim the edges all around (snacking bits for the cook or helper), then cut the slab into 16 equal squares (about 2 inches each).

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Adapted from “We Are La Cocina: Recipes in Pursuit of the American Dream,” by Caleb Zigas and Leticia Landa (Chronicle, 2019).

Tested by Lori Aratani.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving : 110

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 5g 8%

Saturated Fat: 4g 20%

Cholesterol: 30mg 10%

Sodium: 60mg 2%

Total Carbohydrates: 14g 5%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 7g

Protein: 2g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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