Daifuku (or daifukumochi) are Japanese mochi balls stuffed with sweet filling—usually anko or red bean paste. It comes in different flavors; but during strawberry season at the start of the year, ichigo, daifuku, or strawberry mochi, rules the stands. At its most basic, it’s the typical daifuku, just topped with fresh strawberries. Though it can also include other ingredients like cream and chiffon.
We obviously can’t fly to Japan right now. (And it’s not even strawberry season here nor there.) But thanks to the Internet—aka TikTok, where we got the inspiration for this recipe—and GMO’s, we’ve found a way to make strawberry daifukus at home.
Red bean paste isn’t always so easy to find. So we’ve tweaked this recipe to use a strawberry-flavored cookie dough-like filling. It brings out even more strawberry-ness into each bite and makes the dessert all-in-all more wholesome. If you’d like to go all in on the experience, we suggest pairing your daifuku with a hot cup of tea.