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In today’s blog post, I am sharing my experience of making tea-infused mochi! Mochi is a delicious treat that pairs well with a cup of tea. When I saw that Paragon Tea Room came out with The Mochi Set, I couldn’t resist purchasing one and testing it out. I am not a big baker though, so I was a bit nervous. Michelle, the owner of Paragon Tea Room assured me that the recipe (included in the set) was “dummy proof” and making mochi is surprisingly easy!
Last Saturday, I decided to to put my baking skills to the test and use The Mochi Set (you might have seen my Instagram stories of the experience)! If you would like to see a closer look at how my experience went, make sure to grab a cup of tea and let’s get started!
What is Mochi?
Mochi is a Japanese rice cake made of glutinous rice, water, sugar and cornstarch. Mochi is typically flavoured with green tea and/or filled with a sweetened bean paste. This makes it a delicious vegan and gluten free treat.
What does Mochi taste like?
Mochi has a dough-like texture and makes me think of a gummy candy/marshmallow type dessert. It has a starch after-taste.
If you have had mochi before, how would you describe the taste?
The Mochi Set | Paragon Tea
Your mochi dream comes true! This set is inspired by all of your creativity! In this set, you will be introduced to making your own TEA-INFUSED mochi with a side of tea dip at home.– Paragon Tea Room
The Mochi Set from Paragon Tea Room comes with nearly all the ingredients you need to make 6 servings of mochi. The set includes:
Three Types of Tea Powders:
- Paragon Tea Room‘s Baking Matcha
- Paragon Tea Room‘s Hojicha Powder
- Paragon Tea Room‘s Genmaicha Powder
It also includes:
- Paragon Tea Room‘s Glutinous Rice Flour mix
- Kingsford’s Corn Starch
- Earth’s Own Oat “Mylk”
- Paragon Tea Room‘s mochi and mochi dip recipes
The set comes inside a rectangular box and is well packaged. Even Ella was curious about what was inside!
Following the Recipe |
After reading over the recipe, I decided to make a matcha-infused mochi and a matcha-infused dip.
I found both recipes straight forward and easy to follow.
After adding and mixing in all the ingredients together, it was time to microwave the dough! This part I found a bit challenging, as I don’t own a microwave. Steaming was the next option, but I wasn’t sure the best way to go about it! I asked my dear friend Angie (from Over-the-Kitchen-Counter) to help me out! Even though she had not heard of mochi before, she gave me the best advice and tips! I used two pots and my stove to steam the mochi dough. It steamed perfectly! A special thank you to Angie! <3
Making the Matcha Mochi Dip
While I waited for my mochi dough to cool, it was time to make the accompanying matcha-infused mochi dip:
This was very fast and easy to make and I loved that I got to use Oat Mylk! I prepared the dip on my stove top.
The dip turned out fantastic! And I loved the cheerful green colour from the Paragon Tea Baking Matcha.
Roll it Out!
After my matcha-infused mochi dough had cooled off, it was time to roll it out and create individual pieces. I made my mochi into balls, but you can make them into squares too!
After the mochi balls were prepared, I decided to semi-stuff them with the dip. I also frosted the tops of them! I was so surprised at how well they turned out and how easy they were to make!
I would like to do a better job on how they look visually, but I think that will come with practice and time.
After I was done making the tea-infused mochi, I made two cups of Paragon Tea Ceremonial Matcha Lattes with Oat Mylk, for my husband and I. I thought they would pair nicely with the mochi. All the matcha flavours were happening that day! 😉
It was time to taste test these tea-infused mochi balls and see how well I did:
According to my husband, the matcha-infused mochi tasted amazing. He actually ate more than half of them, so I must have done something right!
I also loved my mochi too! They tasted so fresh and delicious. I also love that I now have the opportunity to make mochi 5 more times, from this wonderful set.
Have you ever made mochi at home before? If so, how did you find the experience? I am still surprised at how easy they were to make! I really found The Mochi set to be extremely helpful for a beginner.
The Mochi Set retails for $53.35 CAD, but is currently available for a launch price of $48.00 CAD. You can order it online (they ship to Canada and the USA) or pickup in-store, if you are local! You can find it HERE.
And that is it for today’s blog post! I hope you have a wonderful rest of your weekend and talk to you all soon! <3
On December 20th, I woke up feeling SO excited! Today was the day I would get to see my dear bead friends, Angie and Rita!!! And not only that, but also enjoy some Ohm Beads #BeadsandCoffee, or how I like to call it: Beads and TEA!!!
We all decided to meet up at my favourite hometown coffee shop, Matter of Taste. There are two locations and we decided to meet up at the Waterloo location. I have been going to Matter of Taste since I was in high school and since moving away, it has become a special place to visit, whenever I am in-town!
When Angie, Rita and I met up, we caught up with each other first, ordered our drinks (tea lattes for Angie and I and a latte for Rita) and I gave them some special Christmas surprises to open!
And then it was time to start designing over some Beads, Coffee and Tea!!!
Ohm Beads sent me a new bead concept called, “Ocean Love”. It is a new style of clip for them (more similar to a Pandora clip) and they wanted our feedback on the function, design and style! Please note, this bead has not been released. If you would like to watch our video adventures together, as well as see their designs, check out my Instagram Stories: Beads and Coffee. I unfortunately didn’t think of taking photos of their designs, just video!
Below, you can see my design: