Tsukimi Dango

This dessert is a Japanese rice dumpling. Tsukimi means “looking at the moon”. Autumn moon viewing is a popular pastime in Japan. These rice dumplings are served plain, in a beautiful arrangement in an alter to represent an offering to the moon.

These dumplings are not as easy as they look, to make. They are very sticky, which made it very hard to roll into a smooth ball. I think I must have washed my hands a half dozen times before I finished making 6 round balls. A very challenging dessert, but fun as well.