Ice cream you can eat with your hands, without the mess or a spoon? Sign me up for this mochi train. Now you may be wondering what the heck, (or as I like to say “what the ham sandwich”) is mochi?! I’m glad you asked! Webster’s dictionary tells us that mochi is; “a dough-like mass made from cooked and pounded glutinous rice used in Japan as an unbaked pastry.” Yes, I took it back to Webster! Lol Wikipedia who? Anyway, that’s the technical definition, but I like to define them as soft, chewy pillows of awesomeness. Choose which ever definition works best for you. This was my very first time working with mochi and I definitely learned a lot! This stuff will stick to everything if you let it. Be sure to cover every surface with corn starch. Even if you don’t think the mochi will touch that surface, still put corn starch down because it will get there somehow. Keep your work area cold! My kitchen was a nice temperature for a human, but not cold enough for the mochi apparently. Other than that just have fun with it the possibilities are endless. The subtly sweet flavor of the mochi will work with just about anything. Leave the sugar out and it would work great with savory dishes also. Here’s what I used…
1/2 cup sweet rice flour
1/2 cup warm water
3 tbs sugar
french vanilla ice cream
corn starch (for dusting surfaces)
Mix the sugar, water, and flour together until a fully incorporated milky mixture is formed.
Steam mochi for about 7 minutes. Periodically stir until solids begin to form.
Mochi is ready when it can be formed into a ball. Dust your work surface with corn starch and roll out Mochi and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Cut dough into circles and place clear wrap underneath. I decided to use my cake pan as a mold to help with shaping.
Now comes the part when you need to work fast! Place a small dollop of ice cream in the center of mochi and pinch seams together. You could stop here and make a mochi taco or continue and seal fully.
Once sealed, tie clear wrap around mochi and freeze. Your treat is ready to enjoy when the ice cream firms up.
Hope you enjoy! Now I’m going to warn you, these pillows of awesomeness can be very addicting. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever had mochi or if you decide to make this recipe!