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Cherry Jam-Filled Mochi

Reprinted from Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair (Sasquatch Books, 2008)

Mochi is made from sweet brown rice that has been cooked, pounded into a paste, and then compressed into dense bars. When broken into squares and baked, it puffs up like a cream puff and gets gooey inside.  Mochi comes plain or in several flavors; cinnamon-raisin mochi is the breakfast favorite at our home.  Look for mochi in the refrigerated or freezer section of your natural foods store.  Sweet brown rice is an excellent food for nursing moms.  Children love this warm chewy breakfast treat.

1 block mochi

jam (or your favorite flavor)

Preheat oven to 400-450 degrees F.  Score and break mochi into
2-by-2-inch squares.  Place squares on a lightly-oiled cookie sheet and put in oven.  Bake until mochi puffs up (10-12 minutes).  Remove from oven.  Open each square and slip a teaspoon or two of jam inside.  Serve immediately. Enjoy thoroughly like Jane does.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Makes 6 mochi squares

Learn more about mochi and where to buy it at:


I guess I'm gonna have to make another trip to our health food store. Looks delicious, can't wait!
June 26, 2009, 11:39 am

Stephen S
Ohhhh boy that looks yummy! And so easy too! THANK YOU!
June 26, 2009, 11:51 am

RIta Brown
Can I get that Mochi stuff at the asian market too? My favorite breakfast, if I have time, is Snoqualmie Falls oatmeal(made so it gets that mound of bubbles while it's cooking-what we call the cloak of goodness) with soymilk, almond butter, brown sugar, flax oil or flax seed and bananas added after the cooking part. Yum, maybe as good as your mochi!
June 27, 2009, 4:22 pm

Cynthia Lair This url gives more info on where to find mochi - including a coupon!
June 28, 2009, 7:23 pm

Carrie Castro
My favorite breakfast is oatmeal with a couple tablespoons of pumpkin, a dash of cinnamon, and a bit of organic brown sugar. If I'm feeling anemic, I'll put a bit of blackstrap molasses in it.
June 29, 2009, 1:14 pm

Christin m
Breakfast that will fill you up for hours and taste like a cookie: food process whole oats, natural peanut butter, raw dates, little celtic sea salt. Roll into balls and refrigerate! yummy with black coffee!
September 30, 2009, 12:36 pm

Jane C
My favorite breakfast is cooked, large oats with a pat of butter, Bragg liquid soy, and a poached egg on top. For lunch or dinner, I stir in some chopped greens (kale, spinach, etc.). It's delish - and not SWEET (we north americans tend to eat too much sweet stuff for breakfast).
January 10, 2010, 10:21 pm

Louise Foster
My favorite breakfast is gingerbread oatmeal with apples, pecans and yogurt on top. Just add some molasses and ginger to your oatmeal as it cooks. I like it spicy. Can't wait to try mochi!
January 30, 2010, 1:00 pm

Judith Ying
Great episode! My favorite breakfast food is omelette with onions, swiss cheese, ornamental kale, truffled ham, ground pepper, and tabasco sauce.
February 2, 2010, 10:01 pm

Nancy Linebaugh
Why do so many of the recipes videos stopa few seconds in. Ben's Friday Pancakes stops 59 seconds inand several others stop 3-4 seconds in. What's going on?
February 12, 2010, 9:58 am

tyler cook
i can't find mochi anywhere?!!!!!
May 26, 2010, 9:54 pm

Cynthia Lair
To find mochi:
May 27, 2010, 1:10 pm

Eve E.
waaaaaaaay better than jelly donuts!
August 4, 2010, 3:15 pm

Linda Marks Katz
Thank you so much for this Mochi video! My Aikido teacher sent me this video that I thought might be of interest for mochi lovers. It is a traditional New Years treat in Japan. Linda
January 2, 2011, 7:53 am

Linda Katz
Oops, sorry for not including it in my last communication. Here is the mochi Video from Japan.
January 2, 2011, 7:54 am

Meg DeZutti
We get our Mochi at Whole Foods. I have discovered my favorite is the cinnamon drizzled with honey and a sprinkle of nuts...just like baclava!
January 27, 2011, 12:23 pm

Yum! This is my new favorite thing. They're really good with my homemade sour cherry jam.
February 18, 2011, 2:29 am

Stephanie Yost
My 2 year old daughter and I watched this video before making our own. We went into the kitchen, popped the Mochica into the oven, and next thing I know she is stretching on the ground with her feet in the air. Then, biting into the finished product she says, 'come here little sizzler!'. I was in fits laughing. Thanks for great recipes and great fun.
December 11, 2011, 5:36 pm

My favorite breakfast food? Pancakes. Pecan pancakes, to be specific. Dripping with melted butter and real maple syrup. Heaven!
December 14, 2011, 5:59 pm

Bowen Dickson
Food Chums: GREAT site. Thanks for all the work. Any chance there will signs of 'evolution' on the part of the male 'doofus' characters ? Makes for some 'funny' bits, but not consistent with what I experience as a dad in 2011. Best to all, Bowen
December 15, 2011, 7:08 pm

Dale Christensen
I love you guys and have been mooching your great recipes off the web for years. Just donated $125. Cheap for what I've gotten from this site. How much would you pay for the definitive tahini recipe or the quinoa salad? Really? Come on, dig deep.
April 28, 2016, 3:39 pm

Bevin A
Where can I find these mochi bars? I looked on amazon and all I can seem to find is these little balls already filled. :( Help? BTW, just found this site today when searching how to season my cast iron. I love it so far. :)
September 2, 2017, 3:20 pm

Cynthia Lair
Here's the product Bevin:
September 3, 2017, 7:49 am

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