Jan 232012

Asian treat with mochi

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, I decided to make an Asian treat that looks somehow festive. I personally like everything that is made with glutinous rice.  The texture can be described with only one word “chewy”, so if you like chewy texture, you will be pleased with this kind of bread which consistency sits between the conventional mochi (totally chewy) and bread (yeast).

This is sure a very simple recipe for such a “cute” treat. Once steamed, these buns can be left at room temperature for up to 2 days, but if you prefer, you can store it in the refrigerator and warm them slightly again before serving. For this recipe,  I used the bread machine, but it can  easily be done without the help of it.
This recipe was adapted from Yochana.


Sponge dough

1 tsp yeast
1 cup plain flour
1/3 cup water

Main dough

¼ cup plain flour
¾ cup glutinous flour
¼ to 1/3 cup water
¼ cup sugar
3 to 4 drops of red coloring liquid


Mix all the ingredients for sponge dough, cover and leave at room temperature overnight.

In the bread machine bucket, add all the ingredients from the main dough and the sponge dough. Set the machine to kneading setting. Knead the dough until soft. Remove from the bucket and place the dough in a bowl and let it proof until triple its original size.

Rub the palm of your hands with a little vegetable oil and make small balls and place into the mini muffin cups. Top each bun with dry cranberry. Leave to proof until double its size.

Place the buns into a steamer over medium heat for approximately 15 minutes. Remove from the steamer and let it cool. Yield approximately 24 mini buns.

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe and for those that celebrate the Luna Year…

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that glutinous flour or mochiko is made from sweet rice or glutinous rice? It is very popular in Asian dishes. Since this flour comes from rice, it is gluten free.

Thank you for stopping by Simple Recipes and have a great week!

  82 Responses to “Sweet Mochi Bread”

  1. I love the color of your mochi bread! 🙂

  2. Happy Chinese New Year! The mochi cakes look like a real treat. I made green tea fortune cookies to commemorate the holiday. Wish we lived nearby and could trade desserts!

  3. Adorable little buns, Juliana! I’ve never tasted anything like them but they look so tender and good. What a lovely post for the Lunar New Year.

  4. Happy Chinese New Year to you and these cute super cute and adorable. Love the color too!

  5. Great idea with the bread-y mochi. I usually find regular mochi too chewy, so this is a perfect compromise. Lovely colour, too!

  6. i enjoy eating this hee pan a lot. Yours look so festive!! Happy Chinese new year to you!

  7. They look so cute! Love the color!

  8. I love any and all things mochi. NEED THIS.

  9. Happy Lunar New Year! These look fantastic ans so delicious! The color is delightful 🙂

  10. I assume this is what I know as rice flour – they look very colourful indeed 🙂

  11. I made orange chicken for the occasion! These little treats look so beautiful and I am sure they tasted equally good Juliana! I love their pink color as well!

  12. I’m in total awe of the colour…so festive.
    The chewy texture with this rice flour sounds and looks quite interesting.
    Thanks for sharing Juliana…and Happy Chinese New Year as well ;o)

    Have a great week,

  13. Happy Chinese New Year! These mochi breads are a super cute treat!

  14. These look like such adorable treats to celebrate Chinese New Year with!

  15. Happy Chinese New Year! What a fun little treat for your celebration. They look and sound delicious.

  16. i LOVE mochi and rice cakes. this recipe looks fabulous!!! i am bookmarking for the future. happy chinese new year juliana!

  17. Better late than never; Happy Chinese New Years!
    Your little cakes are fabulous; can almost taste the goodness..

  18. For some reason you are not on my list of bloggers I follow anymore; trying to find out how I can follow you. I really love coming to see your lovely blog.

  19. They look so great with the dried cranberries on top! Happy CNY!

  20. These are so super cute!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!

  21. They look very festive! Happy New Year!

  22. What a festive color! Wishing you a wonderful “Year of the Dragon”! 😉

  23. Happy New Year Juliana. These are so adorable. Love the combo of mochi chewy and bread. Very original. Have a great week!

  24. Happy Chinese New Year. Your new year treats look lovely and bet they are delicious too.

  25. Happy Chinese New Year!!! These treats look perfect for the occasion…yum!

  26. Happy New year! These look so cute, colorful and festive. I wish I could eat them now.

  27. Happy Chinese New Year, Juliana!!! You have no idea how badly I would like to try to make these. I’m going to save the link for when I’m feeling especially brave. I wonder if dragonfruit puree could be used for the coloring rather than the red food dye. What do you think?

    Thank you so much for sharing…they look simply delightful!!!

  28. finally something different and delicious looking, happy chinese new year!

  29. Juliana, they look delicious, and so pretty! A lovely treat for the New Year!

  30. I love the sweet pink, looks very festive! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

  31. Happy New Year Juliana (you are the second Juliana I know the other way being my coworker)! I also have been on a glutinous rice binge during the new year celebration.
    I’ve never combined the glutinous flour dough with regular dough before. Is this supposed to make it more fluffy? Thanks.

  32. These pink breads are very festive for the Chinese New Year celebration. Best of luck and prosperity for this Dragon year!

  33. Hi Yi…yes the flour makes the dough rise, therefore the buns a fluffier and somehow a little chewy.

  34. Hi Louise…I am not sure about the dragonfruit puree, just make sure that you use less water…let me know what you come out with 🙂

  35. Happy Chinese New Year! I have never seen pink bread before but they look so festive, prety and cute.

  36. I’ve wanted to make mochi bread for the longest time! I just love that chewy texture. Now you’ve beaten me to punch, but I don’t mind at all because now I don’t need to sweat over the recipe. 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  37. Happy Chinese New Year! What a lovely treat and one to please everyone! 🙂

  38. Happy Lunar New Year! Cute and lovely treat for the festive season..

  39. They look so scrumptious and delicious!!!!
    Hope you’re having a fantastic week.

  40. It’s PINK! 🙂

  41. love this happy new year

  42. I’ve never had a mochi bread before! That looks divine — so appropriate for Valentine’s day too 😀

    Hope you had a very Happy Chinese New Year — and may the Dragon bestows a whole lotta luck. No pun intended 😉

  43. Love the color, very sweet looking! Suitable for CNY too.

  44. hi Juliana, happy new year to you. May the dragon year bring you joy, happiness, healthy and a prosperous year.
    I love this mochi bread and I had tries out this recipes too, it turns out very good.
    Yours looks cute in the muffin cup, nice ideal.
    Have a nice day.

  45. these are so pretty!

  46. It looks original and so festive! I love the colour!

  47. Some really adorable mochi bread!

  48. I love Mochi, but never made it myself. You make me the courage of trying to make it myself. Thanks Juliana!

  49. Oh wow… this sweet bread looks absolutely amazing and so darn decadent. Yes, I can totally see myself enjoying this.

  50. looks delicious and beautiful pink

  51. Happy Year of the Dragon! May it be filled with fiery joy! These are so sweet – I do like chewy – gives me a minute to enjoy rather than mindlessly scarfing stuff down!

  52. Yum, I’d kill for some of this! I love mochi 🙂 Happy Chinese New Year!

  53. Those are gorgeous treats to welcome the New Year!

  54. When I first looked at your photo, I thought I was looking at a frosted cupcake. It wasn’t until I read through it and saw the pink coloration of the dough that I realized that it was little breads. What a fun celebratory food! happy new year!

  55. I love chewy and on top of that steamed and made of rice, I gotta kidnap you and bring your here sweety. Perfect for Valentine too.

  56. I love glutinous rice! I have seen these before, but have never had or made them. Yours look so good!

  57. Oh, those look so pretty and irresistible!



  58. This mochi bread looks just adorable! Would love to prepare bread using this technique, sounds like it is really easy and it looks just delightful. Perfect for a kids party!

  59. Happy Chinese New Year – these are such a cute treat and I love your presentation of them!

  60. This look beautiful and sound delicious. They are a perfect holiday treat. I hope you’ve had a wonderful New Year. Blessings…Mary

  61. I love mochi. There is a great mochi bakery in Little Tokyo called Fugetsu-Do. Have you been there? Your little pink mochi breads are calling my name. They’re really beautiful Juliana. Everything you do look so professional.

  62. How pretty, pink and delicious looking!

  63. Oh, how delicious-looking! According to my birthday year, I’m a dragon! Yay! Happy New Year!

  64. Happy Chinese New Year to you! Those buns are beautiful! I love the pink color.

  65. Aah! The moment I saw the cute mochi – you won my heart over. ^^ I’m obsessed with it – especially for the new year. Happy New Year!

  66. Although I have yet to ‘really’ try mochi, may I say thise are the prettiest mochi breads I’ever seen! What a gorgeous and amazing treat for the Chinese New Year! I’m sure everyone was blown away!

  67. would love to chew these beauties !!Pierre

  68. Mochi bread!!! What a delicious recipe Juliana. And you even made it irresistible pink color… so cute! Happy Chinese New Year!!

  69. Dear Juliana,

    This mochi bread looks delightful with the pink colour! Happy chinese new year to you and your family and all the best for 2012!

  70. So unusual. They look amazing! Really curious about the texture.

  71. What a pretty treat and one I’ve never tasted. Happy Chinese New Year Juliana. Makes me miss a friend who always had a big Chinese New Year’s party every year. An invitation to her party was coveted.

  72. I had mochi for the first time last fall, and I have to say – some were good, others were eh. It will be nice to try out your recipe and see how it compares. Have a nice week to you too Juliana.

  73. These are so pretty Juliana! And the way you describe them sounds delicious. Happy Chinese New Year! Have a great week! xoxo

  74. Belated NY wishes to you Juliana! Love the colour.

  75. that color is amazing, juliana! i’m very unfamiliar with the steaming technique, but i’m now more fascinated than ever!

  76. Waw! I never tried or made sweet mochi bread before! The breads look nice, lovely & apart too, Juliana!

    Beautiful creations! Yum! 😉

  77. I’ve never seen anything like it – amazing. Pink, too? Anything that uses sticky rice or sticky sweet is fabulous in our house. Sweet mochi here we come!

  78. first i thought cupcakes & then when i saw the recipe i couldn believe it is yeast-bread! what an ingenious way of presentation and i love that pink 🙂

  79. I would love these!! Happy belated Chinese New Year’s Juliana, I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend!

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