1/2tspgelatine leafOr 1/2 gelatine leaf 1.2 x 1.2 inch (3cm x 3cm)
Assembling Sakura Mochi
3salted sakura flower buds
3salted sakura leaves
Steaming the Rice
Wash and soak the rice in 2 cups of water (not listed in the ingredients list) overnight. *3
Also if you are going to make Anko from scratch, make anko paste a night before too. *4
After the rice is soaked overnight, drain the rice and pulse the rice a few times in a food processor.
Steam the rice for 30 minutes over medium heat. *5
While the rice is being steamed prepare Sakura flower, Leaves, Pink coloured water & syrup
Soak the sakura flower and leaves in a bowl of water for 30 minutes. *6
Scoop the flower onto a paper towel and tap dry with paper towel and set aside.
Divide the anko (red bean paste) into 6 balls (20g each) and set aside.
Place the water and sugar in a saucepan. Bring it to boil to dissolve the sugar. Add the beetroot juice and stir. Transfer the sugar water to a large bowl and set aside.
Make the sugar syrup for shaping by putting all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring it to simmer. When the gelatine has dissolved, turn the heat off.
Assembling the Sakura mochi
Add the steamed rice to the large bowl with pink colored sugary water. Stir the rice with a wooden spatula to let the rice absorb the pink coloured sugar water.
Divide the rice into six equal portions.
Brush some cling wrap sheet with the sugar syrup and place 1/6 of steamed rice and flatten the rice with a spatula.
Place a red bean paste ball in the centre. Wrap it with cling wrap to shape it and cover the red bean paste ball with rice.
Remove the cling wrap and wrap with sakura leave, the side you can see vein out.
Repeat the same for the rest. Three wrapping with sakura leaves and three decorated with the sakura flowers on top.
*1 US cups (240ml) or you can weigh 200g.*2 Grate 1/4 of beetroot and squeeze juice, or you can use red colouring. *3 You need to soak for a minimum 2 hours. You can see the rice become a solid white colour. *4 Homemade Anko recipe here*5 Or you can cook rice as you usually cook rice with your rice cooker. You need the same amount of water as the amount of rice that you use.*6 Water is not listed in the ingredients list.Salted sakura flower and leaves are not calculated into the nutrition value.