Making mochi ice cream without rice flour can be challenging because rice flour is the primary ingredient that gives mochi its unique chewy texture. However, if you’re looking for an alternative way to make mochi ice cream, you can try using glutinous rice, which is also known as sweet rice or sticky rice. Here’s how to make mochi ice cream without rice flour:
For the Mochi Dough:
- 1 cup glutinous rice (sweet rice)
- 12 cup water
- 14 cup granulated sugar
- Cornstarch or potato starch for dusting
For the Ice Cream Filling:
- Your choice of ice cream flavors (scoopable)
Prepare the Glutinous Rice:
- Rinse the glutinous rice under cold water until the water runs clear. This removes excess starch and impurities.
- Place the rinsed rice in a bowl and cover it with water. Let it soak for at least 4 hours or overnight to soften the rice.
- Drain the soaked rice and transfer it to a steamer basket. Steam the rice for approximately 30-40 minutes or until it becomes soft and fully cooked. You should be able to easily mash it with a fork.
- While the rice is still hot, transfer it to a mixing bowl and add sugar. Mix well until the sugar is fully incorporated into the rice. Let it cool slightly.
Shape and Assemble the Mochi:
- Dust a clean surface with cornstarch or potato starch to prevent sticking.
- Scoop a small amount of the sweetened glutinous rice (about a tablespoon) onto the dusted surface. Use your hands to flatten and shape it into a small disk.
- Place a small scoop of your favorite ice cream in the center of the rice disk.
- Gently wrap the rice around the ice cream, sealing it completely. If needed, dust your hands with starch to prevent sticking.
- Repeat the process for the remaining ice cream scoops.
- Place the assembled mochi ice cream balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze them for at least 2 hours or until they become firm.
Serve and Enjoy:
- Once the mochi ice cream balls are frozen, they are ready to be served. Enjoy your homemade mochi ice cream!
Keep in mind that this method may yield mochi with a slightly different texture than traditional mochi made with rice flour, but it’s a suitable alternative if you don’t have rice flour on hand. Experiment with different ice cream flavors and have fun customizing your mochi ice cream.