I searched the web for recipes and most of them were not to my liking. They called for sticky rice flour. I thought rice crackers were made of mochi, just steamed and pounded sticky rice. So I did it my way:
First I washed glutenous rice and soaked the rice covered with water (double amount, ratio rice to water 1:2) for 12 hours and this is what I got afterwards:
I washed and sieved the rice again and steamed the rice, wrapped in cotton cloth, in a steamer for about 25 minutes over boiling water.
|soaked, washed and sieved rice|
|steamed sticky rice|
|first slow round in the kitchen engine|
I received some chewy sticky mochi. The mochi turned out a little bit firmer than the flour made mochi I used several times before for waggishi.
I used some sesame oil to wet my hands and turned the mochi into a log which I placed on a baking tray covered with some corn starch.
|Mochi - yummy|
I sliced the log into several disks (with an oiled knife), turned out totally uneven because the mochi was sticky, soft and elastic. I stretched them out like little pizzas...
And let the disks dry for 20 minutes. Afterwards I placed each disk between plastic sheets and used a marble rolling pin to roll them out into really thin (nearly see through) flat bigger disks. With a round cookie cutter I cut them more evenly.
|shaped mochi disks|
I let them rest 20 more minutes because some recipes called for dried mochi.. however.
Up to the baking. I did not use charcoal fire for grilling - would have been nice but it is nearly freezing outside. Just turned my oven at 190 C . First I baked the mochi disks on a silicon sheet for 10 minutes on one side, flipped them over and backed for another 10 minutes.
They puffed up like little balloons. I basted the balloons with a mixture of bonito soy sauce and mirin (ration 1:2). They went a little bit softer and terrible sticky so I baked the little balloons for two minutes longer.
|baked mochi balloons|
Yes they kept their shape. I longed for flat senbei and got crispy balloons:
|see just big bags full of nothing but air|
Big holes with some / little crispy dough around. Big failure. Sprinkled a bit of nori. Did not help that much. They are edible but not to my liking.