Matcha Mochi with Sweet Bean Filling

Matcha Mochi with Sweet Bean Filling
Matcha powder tints these mochi filled with sweet bean paste the loveliest shade of green.Kat Craddock

Wagashi, the Japanese sweets traditionally served with tea, come in many forms, including these dainty rice cakes with a white-bean center. Known as yatsuhashi, they hail from Kyoto and are traditionally made with cinnamon, but the warming spice can also be swapped out for matcha powder.

The recipe makes more filling than you will need—it’s difficult to properly cook a smaller batch. Freeze the remainder to make more mochi later, or serve the leftovers over ice cream, shaved ice, or toast. This recipe was adapted from pastry chef Natsume Aoi of Morimoto NYC.

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