Experience an amazing fusion of Japanese and Western-style desserts with these strawberry and sweet red bean mochi, or ichigo daifuku. First created during the 1980’s, ichigo daifuku are a true Japanese delicacy consisting of large, juicy strawberries, a coating of sweet red bean paste, and an outer layer of chewy mochi. Enjoy these sweet treats as an indulgent, truffle-like snack.
Once you’ve made your small balls of red bean paste, flatten each of them out and mould all the way around each strawberry. Don’t worry if there is a gap at the top as you will need to be able grab them easily for the next step.
Place the bowl in the microwave and heat it for 2 minutes. When done, mix the dough with a wooden or silicon spatula and add a teaspoon of water if the dough is too solid. Be careful not to add too much water though or the dough won’t stick properly.