Sakuramochi

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Sakuramochi
A rice cake filled with sweet bean paste and wrapped in a pickled cherry leaf,katori-city,japan.JPG
Sakuramochi (Tokyo-style)
Place of origin Japan
Main ingredients sweet pink-colored rice cake, red bean paste, pickled cherry blossom leaf
Other information Traditionally consumed on Girl's Day and at Hanami
Cookbook: Sakuramochi  Media: Sakuramochi
Kansai-style sakuramochi
Sakura mochi (A variation of Kansai style)

Sakuramochi (桜餅?) is a Japanese sweet consisting of sweet pink-colored rice cake (mochi) with a red bean paste (anko) center, and wrapped in a pickled cherry blossom (sakura) leaf. Different regions of Japan have different styles of sakuramochi. Kanto-style uses shiratama-ko (白玉粉?, rice flour) to make the rice cake, and Kansai-style uses dōmyōji-ko (道明寺粉?, glutinous rice flour). The sweet is traditionally eaten during the spring season, and especially on Girl's Day (hinamatsuri) and at flower viewing parties (hanami).

The interior of a sakuramochi, showing the red-bean paste inside.

You do not eat the leaf, you smell it and it is there for aroma. Consuming the Japanese oak leaf may lead to an upset stomach.

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