-2-1/2 lbs mochi rice (5 1/2 cups)
-5 1/2 c water
-1 can coconut milk (13 oz)
-1 lb dark brown sugar
-banana leaves (if available)

In a rice cooker or large saucepan, rinse rice and drain. Add water and cook rice. In a saucepan, combine coconut milk and 1-1/4 cups of the brown sugar. Cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Wilt banana leaves over low heat or in microwave oven. Line a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Preheat electric oven to 350F. Stir remaining brown sugar into the hot rice. Mix well. Reserving 1/2 cup coconut milk mixture, stir remainder into rice. Put into prepared pan. Pour the reserved 1/2 cup coconut milk mixture over rice. Bake for 20 minutes then broil for 5 minutes to brown top. Cool and cut into serving pieces.

—Recipe of the day courtesy of Lolo Kitong Recipe Collection