Donuts are the quintessential breakfast treat, but have you ever tried mochi donuts? Mochi is a sweet Japanese rice cake that has a chewy texture and is often molded into small spheres. Most people commonly eat this glutinous dessert in the form of mochi ice cream, but mochi donuts have become a rising trend in the past year. This recipe is a simple way to create this treat at home, and it’s perfect for brunch. You can top it off with powdered sugar or try out different-flavored glazes to go with your donut balls.
1 1/4 cups glutinous sweet rice flour
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon room-temperature butter
1 cup hot water
Canola oil, for frying
Powdered sugar, for dusting
- Combine all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Break up and incorporate the butter into the dry ingredients.
- Pour ½ cup of hot water into the bowl and combine with a spatula. Add the rest of the water 2 tablespoons at a time until the dough is fully combined and moist.
- Let the dough rest in the fridge for an hour.
- After an hour, form the dough into ping pong-sized balls, and place them on an oiled plate or baking sheet.
- Heat your frying oil to 365 F in a medium-sized pot. Fry 5-6 dough balls at a time until golden brown all around. This will take 3-4 minutes.
- Place the fried mochi donut balls on a paper towel or drying rack to cool off.
- Dust them with powdered sugar and enjoy!
These donuts came out great the first time I made them, as they were crunchy on the outside but super chewy on the inside. The one-hour rest time can make this recipe seem more tedious than it is, but if you make this for a weekend brunch, you can simply use that hour to cook your main dish, and the timing will work out perfectly!
(Recipe adapted from tastemade.com)