About a year ago, I confessed to all of my readers (read it here), two of my vices - one was coffee and the other was cussing. Writing that post, confessing that cussing was something that I loved to do somehow transformed me, for over the past year, I've managed to dramatically reduce the number of profane things that fly out of my mouth. In my defense, I did not cuss in front of my children, but saved it for the pristine ears of all of my friends who would regularly tell me to chill out. Realizing that it was causing problems as well as making me look not so wonderful really made me pause and rethink my potty mouth. After the blog post, I made several periods of concerted effort to stop cursing, and this year, I can say that my cussing is down to a bare minimum. I save the few choice words and use them when necessary, but no longer is cussing a vice.
I've replaced it with something else. Mochi cake. I refuse to give up my other vice coffee and in place of bad words, mochi cake has filled my mouth. In a flash of inspiration, I thought it would be fun to sort of mix my two vices together - why not! It's two birds with one stone, in my mouth at the same time. It seemed perfect in concept, so I set out to make it.
It is often hard to evaluate the success of a dish on your own, so I do rely on a panel of taste testers. I planned to make it on a day where I would have a wide range of taste testers, and the day happened to be a Friday Town Hall meeting at Church. I had tasted it before bringing it and thought it very good but needed some more tasters.
The response was overwhelming - people LOVED IT. I had to stop people from taking more than their share and on more than one occasion had to grab pieces away from people. This is definitely an adult cake, even if I did make it with decaf instant coffee. You must like coffee to enjoy this and the flavor mixed with the texture is something special. This is dense, dark, and strongly coffee flavored.
**Cooking note - the instant coffee I used (found it at Whole Foods)
Coffee Mochi (AKA as Wake Me Up Mochi)
Makes one 9X13 pan, about 24 squares
1 lb box of mochiko flour (3 cups equivalent)
2 1/2 cups of sugar
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 14 oz cans of coconut milk - not lowfat
1 12 oz can evaporated milk
7 tablespoons instant coffee granules (I used decaf, but you can use regular coffee)
5 large eggs
1 stick of butter (1/2 cup of butter) melted and slightly cooled
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9X13 baking pan.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together mochiko flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
In a separate bowl or large measuring cup (4 cup capacity), beat eggs, then add coconut milk, evaporated milk, coffee granules, vanilla extract and melted butter. Mix to blend until coffee granules are almost all dissolved.
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 dark 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 coffee mochi cake for three days, covered.
The coffee...I paid $8 for one jar.