Mochi ice cream is a delicious Japanese dessert that combines the chewy texture of mochi (glutinous rice cake) with the cold and creamy goodness of ice cream. Here’s how you can make mochi ice cream at home:
- Mochi dough (store-bought or homemade)
- Ice cream of your choice (traditional flavors like vanilla, chocolate, matcha, etc.)
For Homemade Mochi Dough:
- 1 cup glutinous rice flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- Potato starch or cornstarch, for dusting
Prepare Mochi Dough:
Mix Dry Ingredients: In a microwave-safe bowl, mix glutinous rice flour and granulated sugar.
Add Water: Gradually add water to the dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
Microwave: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 1-2 minutes. Check and stir the mixture every 30 seconds until it becomes thick and stretchy.
Cool: Let the mochi dough cool slightly. Dust a clean surface with potato starch or cornstarch to prevent sticking.
Knead and Shape: Turn the mochi dough onto the dusted surface. Knead it until it’s smooth and no longer sticky. Roll out the dough into a thin layer.
Cut into Squares: Cut the mochi dough into squares or circles, large enough to encase a scoop of ice cream.
Assemble Mochi Ice Cream:
Prepare Ice Cream: Take your desired flavor of ice cream out of the freezer and let it soften slightly, making it easier to scoop.
Place Ice Cream on Mochi: Place a scoop of ice cream onto the center of a mochi square or circle.
Wrap and Seal: Carefully fold the edges of the mochi over the ice cream, sealing it completely. Pinch the seams to ensure the ice cream is securely wrapped.
Dust with Starch: Dust the mochi-covered ice cream with a bit of potato starch or cornstarch to prevent sticking.
Freeze: Place the mochi ice cream on a tray lined with parchment paper and freeze for a couple of hours until they are firm.
Serve: Once the mochi ice cream is fully frozen, it’s ready to be enjoyed. You can serve them as a delightful handheld treat.
Storage: If you’re making a batch to enjoy later, you can store the mochi ice cream in an airtight container in the freezer.
Mochi ice cream offers a unique combination of textures and flavors, making it a favorite among dessert enthusiasts. Feel free to experiment with different ice cream flavors and mochi variations to create your own delicious combinations.