Around the holidays, there were so many holiday parties and job-related promotion parties that I began making a ton of mochi to celebrate. It gave me an opportunity to try out even more flavors to see what would be worthy or not. After trying strawberry and strawberry rhubarb, I wanted to try a new flavor: apple pie.
So, this year I made apple pie mochi for Christmas. It was a special Christmas for me because it was my baby’s first one! We headed to San Francisco to celebrate Christmas with some good friends of ours and had such an amazing time.
I definitely won’t forget this Christmas. Besides it being my baby’s first one, my son also said his first word! I heard him say “cat” and couldn’t believe it. Later that night, he also said it again and again. Maybe it’s too soon to claim it as his “first” word because it could have been imitation versus him spontaneously saying it with true meaning (as some might say), but I will never forget it.
And I definitely won’t forget the fight our friend had with his nutty neighbors on Christmas … That was scary!
Now, when I think of apple pie mochi, it will remind me of a very special Christmas with a little bit of insanity.
For those of you who are very busy, this recipe is INCREDIBLY easy and it can feed a crowd!
Easy-to-do baked mochi that tastes like apple pie and can feed a crowd!
- 1 (16 oz) box mochiko flour
- 2 sticks butter (1 cup)
- 1-1/2 C sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
- 4 large eggs, beaten
- 1 can apple pie filling, pureed
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- dash nutmeg (optional)
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Melt butter in microwave for approximately 30 seconds (with an additional 15 second intervals thereafter until melted)
- Puree apple pie filling
- In a bowl, combine all dry ingredients (i.e. sugar, flour, baking powder, and cinnamon)
- Add in evaporated milk and eggs and whisk until combined
- Add butter
- Pour the melted butter into the mixture and whisk until combined
- Stir in the pureed apple pie filling
- Pour mixture into a 9X13 glass dish and bake for approximately 60 minutes at 350 degrees (or when toothpick comes out clean)
- Let cool in oven with door ajar
- Once cooled cut into squares for serving
It may take a couple of hours to cool. Consume within 1-2 days for best results. Do not store in refrigerator or it will get hard.
Adapted from Hawaii's Best Local Desserts by Jean Watanabe Hee.