Cute Rabbit Steamed Buns for Cherry Blossom Viewing
Make fashionable rabbits with flower hairpins. Sweet potato filling is hiding inside the white rabbits and purple sweet potato filling is inside the pink rabbits. I made some changes to the ingredients and steps.
Make the Cherry Mochi Flowers (Recipe ID: 1768732).
Sweet potato filling: Steam and strain the sweet potatoes. While they are hot, add the butter, sugar, condensed milk and mix. If the filling is too loose, evaporate the moisture by microwaving it.
Purple sweet potato filling: Make the filling in the same way as the sweet potato filling. If the filling is too dry, add milk or fresh cream (not listed).
Cool the fillings and divide into 5 portions each. Roll into balls (each should be about 25 g).
Batter: Grate the Japanese yam in a mortar and add the powdered sugar in 3 parts. Incorporate air as you grate with a pestle to make a fluffy batter.
Put the joshinko into a bowl and Step 5 on top. Fold and knead the flour into the batter. Add flour until the batter is firm like an earlobe.
Divide the batter into 2 and add the red food coloring to one (dissolve powdered red coloring with water). Rub the coloring into the batter to add the color.
Divide the two differently colored batters into 5 and round into balls (each ball should be roughly 17 g). If they stick together, coat your hands in joshinko. Cover with cling film.
Shape: Stretch the batter and cover the sweet potato filling in the white batter. Cover the purple sweet potato filling with the pink batter.
Steam: Wrap the lid of the steamer with a dish cloth. Place the buns on a sheet of parchment paper and steam for about 9 minutes at medium-high heat.
Once the steamed buns have cooled, lightly cook the bottom of the steamed buns with an electric griddle at 180°C. This will prevent sticking when you lay the buns on a plate.
Add the design. Heat a metal skewer or similar utensil and press into the steamed buns to draw the ears and mouth.
Dip the reverse end of a toothpick into red food coloring (dissolve powdered coloring with water). Draw the eyes onto the steamed buns with the toothpick.
Stick the Cherry Mochi Flowers onto the ear glued with melted chocolate or a deco pen and you're finished!
They look like this when you split them in half.
Story Behind this Recipe
I thought the rabbit steamed buns would become cute if I added a flower decoration as an accent. I thought a long time about what ingredients I should use for the flower hair pin. In the end I used ingredients that I had on hand and am completely satisfied with how cute the finished product turned out.
-Step 6: The amount of flour changes according to the moisture of the potato. Adjust the flour so that it is roughly the texture of an earlobe. -The filling tastes better if it's soft. Please adjust the texture according to your taste. -Step 14: As time passes, the flower will absorb the moisture from the steamed buns and melt, so please add the flower as close as possible to the time of eating.