Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Gobble, gobble!

We'll be leaving for the airport in a few hours, to celebrate Turkey Day (Ham Day) on Kauai and I'd like to wish you all an early Happy Thanksgiving. I'm so thankful for all the friendships I've made, and appreciate your visits to and comments on my blog.

Here's a pic of some Pumpkin Mochi which has become a Thanksgiving tradition over pumpkin pie in our family. For those unfamiliar with mochi (mo'-chee), it's slightly chewy and once you get used to it, you'll appreciate the taste and texture even more.

And here is the recipe, for any adventurous cooks out there:

Dry ingredients:
1 16 oz. box + 1/4 cup rice flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1-1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Wet ingredients:
4 large eggs
2 blocks butter, melted
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 29 oz. can pumpkin puree
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13" pan and set aside. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and add the remaining wet ingredients. Combine the two mixtures, and mix well. Batter will be thick. Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for 1 hour. Let cool and cut into 1x2" pieces. It's easiest to cut mochi with a plastic knife. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Each piece has a zillion calories so enjoy in moderation.
Bon app├ętit! And Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Hey sweet Donna! I love the Mochi,too! Thanks so much for the recipe. I used to make the Red Bean Mochi. But you know, I spent so much time in card-making and have little time for anything else... It's time to try your recipe out! Have a GREAT Thanskgiving! Enjoy!

  2. Oh my gosh, absolutely delightful Donna, thanks for the recipe! I'm almost thinking we have a similar Vietnamese dish that is like this, trying to remember the name! Have a lovely celebration and happy Turkey day to you too!

  3. Have a Great Thanksgiving Donna and Family!! Yummy recipe...thank you I'll have to give it a try!

  4. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Donna!

  5. great recipe...TY...i miss the local food of home and a little bit always makes life great...Have a Happy THanksgiving with your ohana

  6. O thank you for the recipe Donna! I will have to try this. Have a happy "ham" day!

  7. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanks for the unique recipe!

  8. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Donna for you and your family.
    In my country we don`t celebrate this day but I think that we must be thankful for all good things so I say thanks a lot for met you.

    Take care!!

  9. Oooh, thanks for the recipe Donna. Definitely something to try out! Looks delicious! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Hugs, Pia

  10. Have a great Ham Day, Donna!!!! HUGE thanks to your pumpkin mochi recipe!!!!!! WE LOVE IT!!!! It's so yummy!!! We did though reduced the sugar to make them guilt free!!!

  11. Yumm yumm!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


  12. Yummy! Have a fantastic Thanksgiving!

  13. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving Donna and family. Shall try the recipe. I ate moci here, but never tasted the pumpkin moci... Thanks for the recipe..

  14. Have an awesome Thanksgiving with your family and friends, Donna!! I'm so thankful for you!

    OMG, I LOVE Mochi!!! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  15. YOU are a SWEETIE, Donna! I don't know what it is (hope it's NOT hormones), but when you mention being thankful for friends, I FEEL THE SAME WAY! I am so THANKFUL to have gotten to know you through this are SO CARING, Donna. And I might add, HUMBLE.......yes, your work is SUPERB and now I see your COOKING and BAKING talents are in the same category! WOW! I can TASTE the calories right through your photo!! I'm hoping that your Thanksgiving was THE GREATEST and filled with much to be thankful for. You are the SWEETEST.
    Love, Karen oxoxox

  16. I hope your Thanksgiving was memorable...I just might try that recipe, I'm always looking for something new to try.

  17. Happy Thanksgiving Donna - that cake looks DELICIOUS. Hope you had a wonderful break. :)

  18. i am sure virginia will be the 1st to try this recipe! looks yummy!

    we have a bakery here called 85degrees that had this red bean mochi mocha bread-----SOOOO yummy! wish i can send it to you when it comes right outta the over there!

    got my envie are so sweet!

  19. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!!

  20. oh man, that looks so yummy!! thanks for sharing the recipe! I may have to try that one.

  21. Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Nice recipe!! If I have time, I will try to make some...

  22. Hi, Donna! Thank you for your kind words to me on my blog! You are terrific! Hope you and yours have the best holiday season ever! :-)