Hawaiian Butter Mochi

Dessert | February 17, 2017 | By

Butter mochi is a classic Hawaiian treat made with coconut milk and mochiko (glutinous rice flour). All you have to do is mix and bake! 

Butter Mochi- a classic Hawaiian treat made with coconut milk and mochiko (glutinous rice flour).

Butter Mochi- a classic Hawaiian treat made with coconut milk and mochiko (glutinous rice flour).

Butter mochi was a great discovery for me when I “discovered” Hawaii via my now-husband. Butter mochi is another classic local style treat that is a hybrid of cultures. Now, don’t quote me on this, but I believe it’s a mix of Filipino bibingka and Japanese mochi.

I learned today that bibingka is made out of cassava, which I have never used or eaten before. But, the similarity is the coconut. While Japanese recipes don’t tend to use coconut, this butter mochi has an entire can of coconut milk in it! It kind of adds a slightly tropical hint to it.

Butter Mochi- a classic Hawaiian treat made with coconut milk and mochiko (glutinous rice flour).

This recipe is ridiculously easy. You barely even have to measure anything, because you just dump a can of this, a can of that, and a box of mochiko. ALL you have to do is mix, pour, bake, cut. SO easy and the result is so delicious! Fattening, yes, but delicious. And isn’t it okay to indulge sometimes?

This recipe makes a 9×13 inch pan full of butter mochi, so you’ll want to bring this to a potluck or at least have someone to share it with. I had my husband take most of it to work and it was a hit!

Butter Mochi- a classic Hawaiian treat made with coconut milk and mochiko (glutinous rice flour).Mmm, I just love the bouncy texture of mochi. I mean, it looks kind of like a piece of cake, but you bite in to it and… yum.

Some people like to add shredded coconut on the top of their butter mochi, but I like mine plain. Actually, wait… I’ve never had it with shredded coconut. Maybe I’ll try it next time! I bet it would be good…

Even if you aren’t a baker, you can definitely make this, so please give it a try!

Butter Mochi- a classic Hawaiian treat made with coconut milk and mochiko (glutinous rice flour).
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Hawaiian Butter Mochi

Butter Mochi- a classic Hawaiian treat made with coconut milk and mochiko (glutinous rice flour). All you have to do is mix and bake!

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 10 people

Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter melted
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 16 oz mochiko flour 1 box
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 can evaporated milk 12 oz
  • 1 can coconut milk 14 oz

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and grease a 9x13 inch pan.

    Mix the melted butter and sugar until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each. Stir in vanilla. Pour in the mochiko and add the baking powder. Stir until mostly combined. Stir in the evaporated milk, stir in the coconut milk. When batter is totally smooth, pour into pan and bake for one hour. 

    Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature. Remove from pan and cut into pieces on a cutting board. 


Recipe Notes

Adapted from Hawaiian culture stories.

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    Meg | Meg is Well
    February 17, 2017

    I was so excited last night when I saw these on your Instagram so I’m super glad the recipe is up! I always assumed mochi desserts were hard to make so I can’t wait to try these!

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      Alisa
      February 17, 2017

      No ways, this is the easiest ever! You don’t even have to worry about over mixing because there’s no gluten like in cakes 🙂

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