Brownies with the soul of mochi… and matcha?

We are approaching that strange period before Christmas when we attend obligatory gatherings with friends, not so close relatives, and work colleagues to close out the year with them before the eventual big Christmas Eve dinner with close family. 

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During this quasi Advent, some of us like to show off and be remembered for an unusual or stand out recipe. Some of us bring family recipes, others the latest medley that’s been trending on social media, while yet others appeal to the most indulgent among us with ingredients like bacon or copious amounts of cheese.

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If you want to be one of those party guests who impresses with a new recipe, we give you this recipe for a peculiar dessert that brings together the best of two worlds. Fans of Asian food will be familiar with mochi (in Japan), lo mai chi (in China) or chapssaltteok (in Korea). These rice cakes have won over paletes the world round with their subtle flavor and soft, fluffy, chewy texture.

Mochi, lo mai chi o chapssaltteok
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The key ingredient and the source of their consistency is glutinous rice flour, which can be found under the name mochiko. Be sure not to confuse it with the rice flour used, for example, as a gluten-free substitute (we say this from experience).

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What would happen if this ingredient were added to the recipe of another famous chewy dessert like brownies? Well, let’s find out. Here, we have replaced the chocolate with a distinctly Eastern flavor, matcha, but the result is just as scrumptious.


  • 1 cup glutinous rice flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • Waxed paper
  • 1 tablespoon matcha powder
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  1. It’s quite simple, really. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Mix together the wet and dry ingredients separately, then bring them together circular folding movements.
  3. Pour the mixture into a baking pan lined with waxed paper and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  4. Once it has cooled, it’s ready to be devoured.

If you try this recipe and make your own brownies, we’d love it if you tag us on social media with the hashtag #guiagastromochi and share your experience!

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