Just Hungry’s “Moffles” (Mochi Waffles)

Using the heart shaped side of the iron to make moffles

Many of you may know, that I, like Alton Brown, hate kitchen gadgets that only do one thing. To justify the real estate taken up by a huge gadget like a waffle iron, I try to find as many unusual uses for the thing as possible. That’s why I was thrilled to read about Maki’s “Moffles” on Just Hungry. Moffles are mochi rectangles pressed and grilled in a waffle iron until they become crispy wafers, gooey on the inside. Mochi, for the non-Japan-o-philes out there, is glutinous rice flour dough, which often comes in rectangles.

Jen did all the ironing of these waffles. She brushed sesame oil onto the machine for extra flavor and to aid in removing the finished moffles. Because I’m a broken record, I spread freshly-made guacamole all over mine. Jen had some with guac, some with Japanese Bulldog barbeque sauce and a sweet one with a bit of chocolate syrup, maple syrup and whipped cream.

I give this technique a definite A+ so if you have a waffle iron and can get ahold of mochi near you, head over to Just Hungry for the recipe. This is worth a try. Yum!

About this author:  I'm a New Yorker who would rather cook than go out to restaurants. Sometimes I think I may be in the wrong city for that. Then I remember the exotic ingredients I'd be hard-pressed to find if I lived somewhere else. My cooking style is an eclectic range of everyday-American, Italian, middle-eastern, with extensive forays into Japanese cuisine, and some pit-stops into Indian and African cuisines. I love to try my hand at recreating dishes I taste. While I enjoy most anything with a flavor, from high cuisine to instant junk food, I have a soft spot in my belly for home-style cooking no matter the geographic or ethnic origin. Read more from this author...

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