BEFORE WE START
Check out this post in the forum for stuff to do before we get started. https://forum.hyperlink.academy/t/getting-started/984
This week we're gonna make super delicious, super easy Japanese Daifuku! This pillow of deliciousness is made from sweetened rice flour and filled will all manner of tasty things.
❗️MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THESE THINGS BY THE CALL!
Glutenous Rice flour
shiratamako (is hands down tastier and is available in any Japanese grocery) OR mochiko (which you can find maybe in your normal grocery, but also on amazon here
(despite its name this contains NO GLUTEN)
Try for fruits with have a solid body and aren't super wet (no raspberries or oranges). I recommend strawberry, grape, persimmon, peach, maaaaaybe mango? Bring a variety if you want!
Anko, AKA Adzuki Bean Paste
You can find it in your local Asian grocery. If you don't have an Asian grocery near you, but your local grocer or Amazon has adzuki beans, you can make it yourself. You just need the beans, and sugar. Here's a recipe. Anko comes in lumpy and smooth. I like the smooth one, I find it a little easier to shape. But if your texture of choice is lumps, you do you.
If you aren't feeling this or you can't get it, you could use chocolate ganache instead. Yummy! Sure it's not "authentic" but who cares? All you need is heavy cream and chocolate. Here's a recipe.
OR (instead of red bean paste and fruit)
- Ice Cream
Yes, why eat beans and fruit when you could eat ICE CREAM. Any flavor will do!
- A bowl
- A microwave OR a steamer basket OR a metal colander that fits inside a pot with a lid OR something else, we can figure it out
- a spatula
- a knife
- a bit of thin string, twine, or unflavored floss (not required)