Regular readers of this website know that we love snacks. We are connoisseurs of convenient foods. When we find a snack that is nutritious as well as delicious we get excited. Today I’d like to introduce you to Grainaissance Mochi Bake & Serve Rice Squares. Mochi is a traditional Japanese food made from sweet rice that has been cooked and thoroughly pounded into a sticky paste. You will often see the term ‘glutinous rice’ used to describe the ingredients in Mochi. This sounds alarming, but here the term is used to denote the sticky, stretchy, gooey character of the cooked rice. Grainnasance Mochi is indeed gluten-free. We have seen other types of Mochi food products in our local market that contain additional ingredients including malt, so be careful to read the ingredients list before you taste!
The first time I tasted fresh-baked Grainaissance Mochi I was completely and utterly hooked. The puffs are crispy on the outside, and hot and chewy on the inside. Mochi is the kind of snack that I am reluctant to tell anyone in the house that I am baking because I’d love to have the whole batch for myself. Thankfully, they couldn’t be easier to make. The flat dough is cut into 1.5 inch squares and lined up on a baking sheet. Allow at least an inch between the pieces so they have room to expand and puff up without getting fused together. Eight to ten minutes later, the dense dough is magically transformed into airy, bubbly pillows. Feel free to top with a sweet treat like honey or slice them open and add a filling. I loved the Original flavor with a dollop of peanut butter. Same for the Cinnamon-Raisin flavor which was equally delicious left plain.
Grainassance now offers eight flavors of Mochi and I look forward to experiencing all of them!