Many families celebrate the new year with mochi. Here's an easy recipe to make with your family.

What You Need:

  • 1 box rice flour (mochiko)

  • 2-1/4 C sugar

  • 2 C water

  • 1 (12 oz) can coconut milk

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • Potato starch

  • Cooking spray

  • Food coloring (Optional)

What To Do:

  1. In a large bowl, help keiki mix rice flour, sugar, water and coconut milk.

  2. Add vanilla extract and food coloring and talk about the changes in texture and color.

  3. Spray a microwave bundt pan with cooking spray; put half of the mixture in the bundt pan.

  4. Place pan in a dish with water and cover with plastic wrap.

  5. Microwave on Medium-High for 10-12 minutes. As you are waiting, weave a tale about the “mochi man” who jumps off the plate and runs away, much like the story of The Gingerbread Man.

  6. Dust plate with potato starch and invert mochi. Cool and help keiki cut mochi with a plastic knife.

  7. Repeat with second half.

Adapted from: 80 Years of 4-H Cooking in Hawai‘i