Saturday, February 6, 2016

Snow days and Mochi ice cream recipe.

"Snow was falling,
so much like stars
filling the dark trees
that one could easily imagine
its reason for being was nothing more
than prettiness.” 
― Mary Oliver














Today the sun is finally out. --It's been out the last few days, but it has been staying hidden behind the clouds. Today we are so fortunate to see the sun shining so brightly, and beautifully. We had a few days of snow.--Quite a bit of snow!

During our snowy days we enjoyed warm drinks, snuggle time, books, board games, and Mochi ice cream. It's ice cream wrapped in a sweet flour dough. It's delicious, and so easy to prepare.

 When I was a little girl, my mother would actually purchase Korean rice cakes from the Asian market. I was so thrilled to find a recipe for Mochi ice cream. The dough reminded me of rice cake.- Soft, chewy, and sweet.

Ingredients

1/2 cup of Mochiko sweet rice flour brand. -( You can find this flour in most Asian markets).
3/4 cup of water
1/4 cup of sugar
Corn Starch
Ice cream.- Any ice cream will work. I used a strawberry flavor ice cream.
Optional- Food coloring. This is actually added to the flour mix. It makes it fun! I used a little bit of red food coloring.

Cupcake liners
Cupcake pan
Plastic wrap
Cutting Board
Rolling pin
Scissors
Knife
Large Bowl (Microwave safe bowl)
Ice cream scoop/ measuring spoon (tablespoon)

Preparing your ice cream

Start off with scooping out your ice cream. I actually used a measuring spoon for this. Doing this it actually scoops your ice cream out in small ice cream balls.

Next you will want to scoop each ice cream ball into your cupcake liner. I scooped out about 10 ice cream balls. Once this step is complete, you will want to place your cupcake pan with your ice cream in the freezer. -Leave them in the freezer for an hour.

Preparing your sweet rice flour dough

Mix your sweet rice flour, and water into a bowl. Give it a gentle mix until everything is smooth. Next add in your sugar. Continue mixing.

At this point everything will be completely mixed together.  This next step is completely optional, but if you want you can add in just a little bit of food coloring. I used just a tiny bit of red food coloring. - My oldest daughter wanted it to go with the Valentine theme we have been working on.

Next  take your microwave safe bowl and cover the top with plastic wrap. Place your flour mix into the microwave for 2 minutes.  Remove your bowl from the microwave, and make sure to grab it with a kitchen towel. - Your bowl may be hot, and also be careful when removing the plastic wrap. Remove your plastic wrap and give it another stir. Cover again, and add it back into the microwave for 30 seconds.

Finally, remove your bowl from the microwave. Your dough should be shiny, and ready for the next step. While preparing for the next step I left my plastic wrap off. This will help cool your dough.


Preparing to roll out the flour

Take some plastic wrap and cover the top portion of your cutting board. Take a generous amount of corn starch and apply some on top of the plastic wrap. - This will keep your dough from sticking to the surface.

You'll want to apply some to your rolling pin as well. Next, remove your dough from the bowl. It may still be hot, but hopefully by this point it has cooled down some. Place your dough on the cutting board. Again, taking some corn starch apply some on the dough - This really helps when rolling out the dough.

You're ready to start rolling out your dough. Once your dough is rolled out into a nice thin layer; you'll want to take a knife and make even 3 inch square pieces.

Next, take some scissors, and cut each square piece out through the plastic wrap.

Place your square pieces on a plate, and place in the refrigerator to chill for 30 mins.

While you wait, grab a book, and a warm drink!


Preparing to wrap your ice cream

Take both your ice cream, and dough out. Quickly take a layer of your Mochi dough, and ice cream. Wrap the dough over your ice cream- Make sure that the Mochi dough is completely wrapped around the ice cream ball.  If you have extra on top, you can take your scissors, and cut that portion off. Leave the plastic wrap on, and place it back into the cupcake liner. You'll do this for each one.

Once you're done, place in the freezer for about an hour. If you want a softer, chewier dough leave in for 20 mins.

**Note**
If you are enjoying  these right out of the freezer; place them on a plate, and let sit for a minute or two. -This will help  soften it up a bit. :)


Is it snowing over where you live? What are some activities you enjoy doing on snow days? :)

Enjoy.

-Stephanie