Here's the mochi I received. It was hard work to cut it up.
Put the mochi and water in a bowl and heat for a minute at 1000W in the microwave. Continue to heat as needed a little at a time until the mochi has dissolved. You could also do this on the stove.
Once fully melted, it should be thick as seen in this picture. Leave it to cool until it is just warm to the touch.
A lot of water will have evaporated while it was heating, so weigh it again and add water to the mix as needed to bring it to 220 g.
Add this in with the other ingredients in your bread maker, set it to rise for 35 to 45 minutes (depending on the outside temperature) and turn it on!
After the first rise it should look like this. It has already risen quite a bit.
Dust your work surface with flour and then take out the dough and press the air out. Cut it up and roll it into three or four pieces.
Smear butter on your pan and then line up the bread rolls inside and let them rise for another 40 to 50 minutes.
When baking with a square pan, once the bread has risen to within 1 cm of the edge of the pan cover it and let it bake for 35 minutes ta 200°C.
All done baking!
Dust the top of the bread with flour and make a slit along the top of the dough. Cook in an oven preheated to 180°C for 20 minutes. If you think the bread might burn, wrap it in aluminum foil.
It turned out nice and fluffy.
Story Behind this Recipe
We received a bunch of mochi for my daughters first birthday and I cut it up and then left it in the freezer for ages. To be honest, I don't really like mochi, but it's considered lucky so it didn't seem right to throw it away. Then I saw a recipe that involved kneading cooked rice into bread dough so I thought, maybe you can make bread with mochi too!?
After heating and melting the mochi, add water back to the mix to bring it to 220 g. A lot of water is lost in the heating process. Every oven is different and has it's own quirks, so please adjust this recipe based on how you know your oven works. The information here is just how it works best in my oven.