The Islands of Hawai`i offer a multi-cultural lifestyle that embraces far more than the regions of pan-Pacifica! Workers from Portugal and Scotland joined those who may be more familiar to you, who came from China, Japan, and the Philippines. This delightful dessert recipe comes to you from my friend Roni Schack of Mililani on the island of O`ahu. I think you'll find it ideal for the end of any meal...or to add to a celebration's dessert table!
1 box [16 ounces] Mochiko [sweet rice flour]
2 C. Sugar
4 Tbs. Baking Powder
Combine the above dry ingredients and set aside.
5 Eggs, beaten
1 ½ C. Milk
1 Tsp. V1anilla
1 Can [13.5 oz] Coconut Milk
Combine the above liquid ingredients in a large bowl.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Put ½ C. Butter [1 cube] in a 9 x 13-inch cake pan and place in preheating oven until melted. Swish melted butter to coat sides of pan. Combine dry ingredients with liquid and mix until blended. Stir in half of the melted butter. Add the remaining butter and thoroughly mix. Pour batter into the cake pan and bake for one hour. Allow mochi to cool thoroughly before cutting into squares.
Note: For easier cutting, use a plastic knife.
Garnish: You might enjoy decorating with toasted coconut and/or finely chopped macadamia nuts...or perhaps edible flowers
Storage: You may refrigerate leftovers for a few days.
Roni Schack is currently the office manager of the O`ahu Metropolitan Planning Organization. Formerly, she was a branch operations manager for Liberty Bank, which eventually merged with Bank of America. For many years we enjoyed visiting when I stopped in to make a deposit or withdrawal. For millennials, this vocabulary may seem odd. But prior to the Internet, most financial transactions took place in person rather than on-line.
After a while, Roni and I met at celebrations of holidays and other special occasions when I learned about changes in her career and the growth of daughters Rachel and Natalie. My last physical memory of her was when she and her husband chef Ed attended our farewell party at our town home in Temple Valley on the windward side of O`ahu. Our continuing dialogue was achieved through holiday greetings we have exchanged since my move to Tucson. Imagine my surprise when I received a note from her via the Contact page on my author website announcing she had enjoyed reading Prospect for Murder, the first of the Natalie Seachrist Hawaiian Mysteries. [No, my protagonist Natalie is not named for her daughter Natalie].
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