A Sweet Surprise: Making Ichigo Daifuku (Strawberry Mochi) at Home

Hello, fellow foodies and dessert enthusiasts! Today, we're embarking on a delightful adventure into the world of Japanese sweets. I stumbled upon a wonderful recipe for Ichigo Daifuku, also known as Strawberry Mochi, thanks to [@ernaliarosita](https://www.tiktok.com/@ernaliarosita) on TikTok, and I couldn't wait to share this sweet treat with you all.

Source of Inspiration:

Before we dive into making this delightful dessert, let's give credit where it's due. You can find the original video on TikTok [here](https://www.tiktok.com/@ernaliarosita/video/7199872534202846491?lang=id-ID&q=mocchi&t=1693365774617).

Ingredients You'll Need:

For the Mochi Dough:

  • 1 cup glutinous rice flour (also called sweet rice flour)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Potato starch or cornstarch (for dusting)

For the Filling:

  • Fresh strawberries (one for each mochi)

For the Sweet Red Bean Paste (Optional):

  • 1 cup cooked sweet red bean paste (store-bought or homemade)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1: Prepare the Strawberries

- Begin by washing and drying your fresh strawberries. Make sure they are completely dry before using them for the filling.

Step 2: Make the Sweet Red Bean Paste (Optional)

- If you choose to use sweet red bean paste, you can either buy it pre-made or make it from scratch. If making it from scratch, simply cook and sweeten adzuki beans to your liking. Let it cool completely before using it as a filling.

Step 3: Create the Mochi Dough

- In a microwave-safe bowl, whisk together the glutinous rice flour and sugar. Gradually add water while stirring to create a smooth mixture.

- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and microwave for 1 minute. Carefully remove it (it will be hot) and stir well. Cover and microwave for an additional 30 seconds. Your mochi dough should be translucent and sticky.

Step 4: Dust and Roll

- Dust a clean surface with potato starch or cornstarch to prevent sticking. Transfer the mochi dough onto the dusted surface.

- While the dough is still warm, divide it into equal portions and flatten each portion into a small disc.

Step 5: Assemble the Mochi

- Take one mochi disc, place a strawberry (or a spoonful of sweet red bean paste) in the center, and wrap the mochi around it, sealing it completely. Make sure there are no cracks or holes.

Step 6: Shape and Serve

- Gently shape the mochi-covered strawberry into a ball or oval shape. Repeat this process for each Ichigo Daifuku.

- Serve your Ichigo Daifuku immediately and enjoy the delightful combination of sweet, chewy mochi and the juicy surprise of fresh strawberries (or sweet red bean paste) inside.

Step 7: Share the Love

- These sweet treats are best enjoyed fresh, but you can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Just be sure to consume them within a day or two for the best taste and texture.

There you have it, folks! Thanks to TikTok user @ernaliarosita, we've unlocked the magic of making Ichigo Daifuku (Strawberry Mochi) at home. It's a delightful dessert that's not only fun to make but even more fun to eat.

Give it a try, and share these sweet morsels with your loved ones. They're a perfect treat for any occasion or simply for satisfying your sweet cravings. Happy mochi making! 🍓🍡✨