Tuesday, April 29, 2008

いちご大福 ♪ Strawberry Daifuku

It is Strawberry season here in SoCal! The strawberries are HUGE and ultra juicy right now! Every week we've been going through at least 3 baskets of them. いちご大福 or Strawberry Daifuku are delicious Japanese confections made of sticky mochi stuffed with sweet red bean paste and a fresh strawberry. A perfect sweet snack or dessert for strawberry season!
I've been craving these sticky balls of strawberry goodness for a while so I decided to take on the challenge of making these tonight. They turned out kind of lop sided and not too pretty... but I think it added character to my retarded little strawberry balls. Looks can be deceiving, cause they tasted so yummy!

ICHIGO DAIFUKU RECIPE

Ingredients:
120g 白玉粉 Glutenous Rice Flour
180cc Water
20g Sugar
12 whole strawberries
2 cups Red Bean Paste
2 tablespoons 片栗粉 Starch

Directions:
1. Wash the strawberries and cut off the stems.
2. Roll the strawberries in Red Bean paste. Make sure the strawberry is in the center and make golf sized balls.
3. Mix the glutenous rice flour and sugar in a medium bowl with water with your hands and make sure there are no clumps.
4. Cover the bowl with saran wrap and microwave for about 2 minutes.
2. With wet hands, knead the rice flour which should have a mochi like consistency now.
3. Coat hands with starch and roll the strawberry and red bean paste balls with a handful of the sticky rice flour mixture until you've created your perfect strawberry daifuku!

10 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

wow, what a delectable way to enjoy fresh strawberries!! yum!!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I don't know how they're supposed to look, but I think your little strawberry balls look terrific. Good job satisfying your craving!

lovecokate said...

Wow those look so YUMMY! They're like little mochi's but with no ice cream and healthier too!

Kevin said...

Your Ichico Daifuku look great!! I made them once a while ago. It was a bit challenging working with something so sticky but well worth the effort.

norecipes said...

I've never had these! Going to have to fix that soon:-)

Ginny said...

your life is yummy! those look great! something new for me to explore! :)

RecipeGirl said...

Those are super pretty and interesting. They photographed beautifully!

Grace said...

how unique! thanks for introducing me to a new way to consume copious amounts of strawberries! :)

Lisa Conmara said...

WOW! They look amazing!!!!

Randi said...

I luuuurve daifuku. one of the many things i miss about japan :( i'm not nearly bold enough to do this myself, but i love your pictures. awesome job :)

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