One of lil’ bun’s favorite frozen treats has got to be ice cream mochi. Now, I’ve made mochi before (recipe can be found here and here) so I didn’t think it would be too far of a stretch to make an ice cream version of them but boy was I wrong. Since the mochi dough was hot and the icecream was cold…it was incredibly difficult for me to stuff the ice cream inside and work fast enough to prevent it from melting. I think that I’m going to freeze the pieces of popsicle/spoons of ice cream overnight next time before I make them to ensure that they’re frozen enough to withstand some heat. I tried my absolute best to keep up with the melting process but I only ended up with 5 good ones. ): Nevertheless, the ones that did turned out tasted absolutely delightful and I can’t wait to make them again…especially now that I’ve learned my lesson!
Ingredients (makes 8):
1 cup glutinous rice flour
1/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup water
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1 popsicle cut into pieces or 8 tablespoons of ice cream
cornstarch for dusting and rolling
1. Mix the water, cocoa powder and sugar in a small bowl; set aside. Put the glutinous rice flour in a large bowl and gradually stir the water/sugar mixture into it making sure it incorporates.
2. Put the bowl into the microwave and heat it for 2 minutes. Then, remove it from the microwave and stir in the cocoa powder. Return the bowl into the microwave again and heat it for 30 seconds – 1 minute until the dough inflates. At this point, take the bowl out and quickly stir the dough (mochi). Slice your ice cream/popsicles into pieces while your mochi is heating up.
3. Dust a baking sheet and your hands with corn starch. Then using a rubber spatula, transfer the hot dough (mochi) from the bowl onto the pan. Divide the mochi into 8 pieces. Flatten each piece into a 1/2 cm thin circle with your fingers and place a piece of prepared popsicle/ice cream in the center of each. Then pinch the ends together to seal and roll it in a light coating of cornstarch. Instructions with photos for this part can be found here.