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Extra Soft Mochi with a Creamy Cheesecake Surprise: A Taste of Bliss!

Hey there, fellow dessert aficionados! Today, I'm thrilled to share with you a recipe that will transport your taste buds to a realm of pure delight. We're diving into the world of extra soft mochi with a luscious cheesecake filling. Trust me, this sweet treat will have you craving more with every heavenly bite!

Before we embark on this delectable journey, let's give a special shout-out to the folks at U-Taste for inspiring us with their amazing recipe. 

Now, let's get our mochi on!

Ingredients:

For the Mochi:

- 1 cup of glutinous rice flour

- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar

- 1 cup of water

- 1/4 cup of cornstarch (for dusting)

For the Cheesecake Filling:

- 4 ounces of cream cheese, softened

- 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar

- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Step 1: Creating the Cheesecake Filling

In a mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Using an electric mixer or a sturdy whisk, beat the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Set aside for now while we move on to the mochi-making magic!

Step 2: Making the Extra Soft Mochi

In a microwave-safe bowl, whisk together the glutinous rice flour, granulated sugar, and water until well combined. Make sure there are no lumps in the mixture.

Cover the bowl with a microwave-safe plate or wrap it with microwave-safe plastic wrap. Pop it into the microwave and cook on high for 1 minute. Carefully remove the bowl (it might be hot, so use oven mitts or a towel) and give the mixture a good stir.

Return the bowl to the microwave and cook for another 1 minute. Remove and stir again. Repeat this process of microwaving for 1 minute and stirring until the mixture becomes thick and sticky. This usually takes about 3-4 rounds, but it may vary depending on your microwave's power.

Step 3: Assembling the Mochi Masterpiece

Sprinkle a clean surface or a large baking sheet generously with cornstarch. This will prevent the mochi from sticking and make it easier to handle.

Carefully transfer the hot mochi mixture onto the cornstarch-dusted surface. It will be sticky, so be cautious. Using a spatula or your hands (lightly dusted with cornstarch), gently knead the mochi until it becomes smooth and pliable.

Roll out the mochi into a thin layer, about 1/4 inch thick. You can use a rolling pin dusted with cornstarch to help you achieve the desired thickness.

Step 4: Adding the Cheesecake Surprise

Spoon dollops of the prepared cheesecake filling onto the rolled-out mochi, spacing them evenly. Aim for small teaspoon-sized portions, but feel free to adjust according to your preference for cheesecake goodness.

Carefully fold the edges of the mochi over the cheesecake filling, sealing it inside. Pinch and twist the ends to secure the filling and create a neat package of mochi delight.

Step 5: Enjoying Your Extra Soft Mochi

Once you've assembled all the mochi with their delightful cheesecake centers, dust them lightly with cornstarch to prevent sticking. Serve them immediately and watch as smiles light up the faces of those lucky enough to taste these little bundles of joy.

Remember, you can store any leftover mochi in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. However, mochi is best enjoyed fresh!

There you have it, my fellow dessert enthusiasts—a recipe for extra soft mochi with a heavenly cheesecake filling that will make your taste buds dance with glee. Whether you're indulging in these delightful treats on your own or sharing them with loved ones, one thing is certain: happiness is just a bite away!

So, gather your ingredients, channel your inner mochi master, and get ready to experience a moment of pure bliss. Until next time, may your dessert adventures be as sweet as can be!

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