03/28/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

The Moffle: What Is It?

Japanese pastry connoisseurs and technology fans have found a new obsession: the "moffle," a cross-over between a waffle and Japan's traditional "mochi" rice cake.

Made by toasting a rectangular slab of "mochi" paste in a Belgian waffle maker or a special moffle machine, the moffle is served as a dessert with ice-cream or chocolate sauce, or as a savory snack with cheese, ham or cod roe.

Bloggers are swapping tips on making "moffles" using ordinary waffle makers, cafes in Tokyo are offering daily moffle specials, and one company even launched a "moffle maker," Japanese media reported.

Click here to find out how to make a moffle.

Watch a video on how to make mochi.