I've said it before, I'm really rather very shy. I don't enjoy meeting new people, don't enjoy going out into public spaces where I've never been, and instead prefer to be in my home, usually parked in front of my computer so that I can work, or in the kitchen so that I can cook something. Friend BF always ribs me about the fact that I've only been to her house TWICE during our three year friendship and remarks that I probably don't know what color her sofa is. (Brown.) She on the other hand, eats at my house close to once a week since I force her to come to my house, tempting her with tasty treats. I'm probably due for another visit to her house, but I can't go TOO often, lest she gets used to my going over.
Another friend MJP constantly invites me to her house for playdates and I always make her come to mine. I'd just much rather be at home. I can't help it. And I tempted her to do the playdate at my house with promise of something good for lunch (Turkey Green Bean Lettuce Wraps and Orzo salad, which don't go together, but ended up on my table together.). I made this cake for her, because I know she loves mochi, and she is always willing to taste my experiments.
Pumpkin Mochi Cake
Makes one 9x13 pan
1 lb box mochiko (sweet rice flour - equivalent to 3 cups)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick of butter (1/2 cup) melted
14 oz can of pumpkin puree
12 oz can evaporated milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9x13 pan. (I find it easiest to just use cooking spray oil like Pam).
In a large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients: mochiko, brown and white sugar, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder and salt.
In another large bowl, whisk together all the wet ingredients: melted butter, pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, eggs and vanilla extract.
Carefully pour wet ingredients over dry mixture and whisk until mixture is uniform and smooth. Pour into greased pan. Bake for 75 minutes, until top is golden brown.
Allow to cool 10 minutes and then serve.
I ate a tower of these today. Mochi obsession continues.