Monday, July 26, 2010

Green Tea Mochi Cake: Living with regret

Recently, quite a few people have asked me about having a fourth child, as most of my close friends know that I've always wanted many children. In my most recent response to that question, I said, "I decided that not having a fourth is the regret I will always live with." 

As much as my belly expands when it sees a pregnant woman, or my uterus contracts when it comes close to a newborn baby, or my arms itch to cuddle a gurgling infant, it seems rash and ill-advised to pursue the fourth child.  Husband and I are 40 and 39 years old respectively later this year.  By the time this child graduates from high school, we will both be very close to 60 years old, which is a sobering thought.  Friend SJ, who is a fertility specialist regularly says to me, "You have three beautiful healthy children.  Why risk having another at such an advanced age?  In addition, another friend half-jokingly said to me, "Having yet another child would dramatically increase your family's carbon footprint." 

Counter to all the arguments lies the knowledge that I will live with regret.  The bigger question is wondering whether I want to live with this regret for the remainder of my life.  I think that most people live with regrets over the choices that they've made or reactions to situations.  I am now trying to come to terms with the idea of regret.  I simply hold on to this regret for the time being.  Hopefully with continuing wisdom and time, regret will begin to fade and really become nothing more than the faint memory of a wish once made long ago.

This pretty green MMC (Matcha Mochi Cake) was made with the thoughts of future and coming to peace with my decisions.  This is my second attempt at the recipe.  Although I thought the first one was pretty good, I wanted to make sure that I could make the matcha flavor sing in the cake.  The color and flavor is very much like green tea ice cream, or green tea frappucino.

One warning - I think the matcha powder has some caffeine properties, because after I ate too many pieces of this, I could not sleep that night. 

Matcha Mochi Cake (Green Tea Mochi Cake)
adapted from Gourmet Magazine | May 2005

Makes one 9X13 pan, or 24 squares
1 lb box of mochiko flour (3 cups equivalent)
2 1/2 cups of sugar
2 teaspoons of baking powder
4 teaspoons of matcha powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 14 oz cans of coconut milk - not lowfat
1 12 oz can evaporated milk
5 large eggs
1 stick of butter (1/2 cup of butter) melted and slightly cooled

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9X13 baking pan.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together mochiko flour, sugar, baking powder, matcha powder and salt.

(lego is there to show you the pretty green color)

In a separate bowl or large measuring cup (4 cup capacity), beat eggs, then add coconut milk,evaporated milk and melted butter.

Carefully pour the wet ingredients over the mochiko flour mixture and whisk until mixture is smooth and uniform in texture.

Pour batter into greased 9X13 pan. Carefully smooth out the top.

Bake for 90 minutes, until top is golden brown and the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan.

Allow cake to cool for about 30 minutes on a rack, and then carefully flip it out and cut into 24 squares, or the size of your choice. Can store mochi cake for three days, covered.

Printable recipe

The matcha powder I bought- I paid $7.99 at the local Chinese market. (I did go to two different ones to source it.)


Fuat Gencal said...

Çok muhteşem görünüyor. Ellerinize,emeğinize sağlık.


beem221 said...

YUUUUMMMMMM! of course i'm reading this way too late at night and my stomach's growling. i have to say green tea mochi cake's my fave! i will have to try your variation soon!

unjung said...

it was delice! the matcha flavor sang!!

jenny+3 said...

The first version was great, but you were right, I didn't really taste the green tea. But it was DELISH!!! I thought it was pretty perfect the first time. Can't wait to try this one, when my oven gets fixed...*sigh*.

Joy said...

That looks great. I'm sure that decision was quite hard but quite understandable.

Kevin said...

Matcha would be really great in a mochi cake!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say,"don't live with regrets!" My boys were 9 and 11 when at 40 I discovered I was pregnant with my third child. I now have a beautiful baby girl who just turned a year few weeks ago! She so delightful, what a blessing!! Now about the green tea mochi cake...I will try the recipe!!

The Urban Baker said...

I love Mochi! This looks delcious! I need to try this!

Melissa W. said...

My grandfather watched his youngest son graduate from high school a few years ago. I don't think he regrets having another child so late in life.

If you really feel the pull for another child, you can always adopt or become a foster parent. <3

But anyway, this recipe looks DELICIOUS! I want some right now. I need to get some matcha powder. Thank you!

eunah said...

Gotta try this! thanks joanne!

Sumin said...

This looks great! I love green tea so I can't wait to try it. Just out of curiosity, is this gluten-free?

Joanne Choi said...

just make sure your baking powder is gluten free. The rest should be no problem.

* Rumford Baking Powder - Non-Aluminum
* Clabber Girl Baking Powder
* Davis Baking Powder
* Hearth Club
* Hain Pure Foods Featherweight Baking Powder - Made with Potato Starch - Sodium Free
* Bakewell Cream Baking Powder with Cornstarch - Aluminum-Free

that's a list of known gluten free baking powder.

neojohns said...

Matcha Green Tea can be used to make a dreamy ice cream. Just scald 1/2 cup of whole milk over low heat and stir in 1/3 cup of raw cane sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves and then remove the milk/sugar from the stove. In a bowl, whisk three egg yolks together and then slowly pour about 1/4 of the milk/sugar mixture into the bowl with the egg yolks while continuing to whisk. Put the remaining milk/sugar mixture back on the stove on low heat and add your egg yolk mixture into the pot slowly. Stir continuously and wait for the mixture to thicken a little.

Then remove it from the heat and pour it back into your bowl. Mix 1 tablespoons Matcha powder and 1/8 cup water together to form a paste. Mix that with 1 cup heavy cream and 1 teaspoon vanilla and add that Matcha mix to your milk/yolk mix. Whisk them together, and allow them to cool. Add this mixture to your ice cream maker and enjoy!

Voz Portuguesa said...

Thank you. :) This was an awesome article!

Thak you,
Carla Matador
Detox Diet said...

Pretty helpful material, much thanks for this article.

Juyon said...

Can this be made in smaller brownie bite type molds?


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