kinako pumpkin dango

kinako pumpkin dango

dango is a popular japanese snack, made of glutinous rice flour. they are round dumplings and come in sweet and savory flavors. inspired by fall, these pumpkin (and plain) dango are perfect for the festivities.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Servings 20 dango

Ingredients
  

plain dango

  • ¼ cup glutinous rice flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp + 1½ tsp boiling water

pumpkin dango

  • ¼ cup glutinous rice flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • ¼ tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1 tbsp boiling water

other

  • ½ tbsp kinako
  • (optional) whole cloves for pumpkin dango "stems"

Instructions
 

prepare plain dango

  • mix glutinous rice flour, sugar, & water until well incorporated. the dough may seem dry, so use your hands to press the crumbs together.
  • divide and roll dough into 10 – 12 equal balls. set aside.

prepare pumpkin dango

  • mix glutinous rice flour, sugar, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, & water until well incorporated. the dough may seem dry, so use your hands to press the crumbs together.
  • divide dough into 8 equal balls.
  • (optional) flatten 1 ball slightly. use a toothpick or back of a butter knife to make indentations, similar to a pumpkin. repeat with as many balls as you like (i did 4 pumpkin shaped dango).

cook plain and pumpkin dango

  • bring 3 cups of water to boil and cook the dango for 5 – 6 mins or until they float to the surface. in parallel, prepare a bowl of ice water.
  • drain the dango from the boiling water. place in the ice water bowl, so that the dango stop cooking.

assemble pumpkin dango and prepare plate

  • add clove to the tops of each pumpkin dango, to act as "stems".
  • place plain and pumpkin dango on a small plate. sprinkle with kinako.

footnotes

special equipment

  • saucepan: this is my favorite saucepan. i have had mine for years; it’s durable & versatile.
  • spatula: this will help you mix the ingredients for the dango together. i particularly love the durable oxo ones!

did you make this recipe? i would love to see your creations! tag michelleqgbui on instagram and hashtag it #letsbake.

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