Hi everyone! I'm looking for a recipe/method for making mochi, not an filled but plain mochi cakes to dip in sugared kinako. My grandparents and great grandparents used to have a complicated machine/grinder that they used...all the ladies would form patties from the hot sticky rice and lay them out on a floured board to cool. This was all done right before the new year. I've heard it can be done much easier in the microwave. Has anyone tried this? Recipes I've found online include things like vanilla or butter. I don't ever recall the women using either of those. Anyone tried this?