How to make homemade mochi

Make mochi ice cream yourself - two simple recipes for real connoisseurs

Even though it's late summer, it's still the perfect time to try a new ice cream recipe. And why not two? We love exotic ideas with a Far Eastern flavor. And today we're talking about a delicious delicacy with Japanese origins - mochi ice cream. It's light and low in calories. Because it is lactose-free, it is also perfect for vegans. Where does this ice cream come from and why has it become an absolute hype among bloggers and influencers? You can also find out more about this and much more under.

Prepare colorful mochi ice cream yourself

What is mochi ice cream anyway?

Or maybe even better to ask first what is mochi anyway? Mochi are small, round cakes that are among the most popular and well-known Japanese sweets. They were traditionally prepared in Japan more than 2000 years ago and consist of a dough made from glutinous rice flour (Shiratamako) and water.

In their filled version, also called daifuku, the mochi are filled with anko, a sugared paste made from the red azuki beans. The Japanese eat the delicious balls especially for the New Year, and in large quantities. But these are also popular sweets on other important occasions and holidays. And mochi ice cream is vegan ice cream, often made from coconut milk, coated with mochi batter.

Hanami Mochi, for example, are very popular

How was mochi ice cream invented?

What many do not know, however, is that mochi ice cream was not invented in Japan, but in the USA. In the 1980s, Frances Hashimoto and her husband ran a traditional Japanese bakery in Los Angeles. After a trip to Japan, husband and wife Joel Friedmann was inspired by traditional mochis and, on his return home, invented mochi ice cream with his wife. At first, both of them prepared their ice cream creation rather in the traditional flavors - with matcha, black sesame and mango - and offered these delicacies to Asian restaurants and shops. Mochi ice cream slowly became better known and was already selling well in the 90s.

Mochi ice cream can be served very effectively

However, it only really got its triumphant advance in the USA after Russell Barnett established his My / Mo Mochi brand and offered mochi ice cream in many conventional flavors such as vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. Soon afterwards, international bloggers recognized the new ice cream trend and made it known around the world. Today you can find the delicious mochi ice cream here in Germany, not only in Asian stores, but also in some supermarkets such as Rewe, for example.

Nevertheless, there is still the cheaper and healthier option of preparing the ice cream yourself. You can also be absolutely sure what is really contained in it. Try these two great recipes for mochi ice cream with matcha and cocoa. Have fun preparing and enjoying!

# 1 Recipe: Mochi ice cream with matcha

The ingredients:

(for 12 mochi ice cream scoops)

  • 500 g green tea ice cream (vegan)
  • 3/4 cup sweet sticky rice flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of matcha powder
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • Potato starch, corn starch or additional rice flour (for dusting)

First, prepare all the ingredients

The preparation:

  • Line a mini muffin pan with plastic wrap. Use a small ice cream spoon to divide the green tea ice cream into the wells in a muffin shape. Freeze again until the ice is solid. If you don't have a mini muffin pan, you can also use an empty egg carton lined with plastic wrap to hold the shape of the ice cream balls.
  • Combine sticky rice flour, sugar, and matcha powder in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the water and whisk everything together well.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the microwave for 1 minute. Take out the bowl, stir well and reheat in the microwave for another minute. Then stir a third time, cover, and microwave for at least 30 seconds or more until the mochi batter is thick and sticky.

This is what the delicious mochi ice cream balls with matcha look like

  • Dust the work surface and rolling pin lightly with corn starch, potato starch or additional sticky rice flour. Roll out the mochi dough to about 0.5 cm thick.
  • Transfer to a baking sheet and refrigerate for about 15 minutes, until it has cooled down and set. Cut the mochi dough into circles with a round cutter (approx. 7 cm in diameter).
  • Place each individual piece of dough on a hole in the muffin tin.
  • Put a scoop of ice cream on each mochi circle. Quickly wrap the mochi around the ice cream and squeeze to seal. Tie everything together with the plastic wrap.
  • When each ball is wrapped, quickly return all of the balls to the freezer until they are set. It is helpful to do this in small quantities in close proximity to the freezer. Otherwise, the ice cream balls will be too soft, which will make it very difficult to wrap the mochi around the balls.
  • Just before serving, remove the foil and enjoy!

# 2 Recipe: Mochi ice cream with cocoa

The ingredients:

(for 12 mochi ice cream scoops)

  • 1 cup sticky rice flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 250 ml of water
  • 4 cups of chocolate ice cream (vegan)
  • ¾ cup of cornstarch

You can also add caramel or other ingredients depending on your taste

The preparation:

  • Mix sticky rice flour with cocoa and powdered sugar in a bowl and add water.
  • Steam the mochi mixture in a steamer for about 15 minutes. Tip: Wrap the steamer lid with a cloth to prevent the steaming water from getting into the mochi mixture.
  • When it's done, dust the work surface and rolling pin with cornstarch and place the finished, sticky mochi batter on top or, alternatively, on a large baking sheet.
  • Roll out the mochi to a thickness of approx. 0.5 cm and then cut into 12 squares of 15 x 15 cm with a pizza cutter.
  • Take the chocolate ice cream out of the freezer and place a small ball of it in the middle of each mochi dough square. Then fold the mochi batter to completely cover the ice cream and pinch the edges at the base.
  • Cut off any excess dough. Then wrap the balls with cling film.
  • Freeze to set the chocolate mochi ice cream.
  • Your chocolate mochi ice cream is ready. Take it out of the freezer to enjoy whenever you want.

If you wish, you can dust the mochi ice cream with cocoa powder

Try different flavors

How about a mango or strawberry?

Or maybe with traditional red azuki beans after all?

Raspberry flavor isn't a bad idea either

Matcha is still clearly one of the classics