Tired of tiramisu? Bored of banana bread? Apathetic about apple pie? As delicious as our favourite sweet treats are, sometimes it’s nice to shake things in the dessert department. How does a delicious ball of ice cream wrapped in thin, gooey pastry sound? Don’t answer that – we already know it sounds like a dream your mouth is ready to make a reality.
Enter mochi, the Japanese pudding adored by A-Listers Heidi Klum, Harry Styles and Kendall Jenner. Traditionally eaten at Japanese New Year, mochi is carefully crafted by steaming rice flour, rolling into thin, gooey sheets and stuffing with a delicious filling.
The sweet treat has been a firm favourite in Japan for years, but it has only recently become the desert du jour in the UK. Its increasing popularity in the UK has a lot to do with V&H, a sibling-run mochi making company set up by Vivien and Howard Wong.
Not only are they pretty cheap for a fancy pud (the truffles retail at £5.99 for six, while the truffles are £4.49 for four), but they also come in a truly mouth-watering range of flavours, from lemon cheesecake mochi truffles to matcha green tea, coconut and toasted sesame mochi balls. Excuse us while we drool for a second…
A word of warning to adventurous cooks: these delightful balls prove more difficult to make than you might assume. When we had a go at mastering the art of mochi, it didn’t exactly go to plan.
— Claire Hubble (@ClaireHubble) February 11, 2016
This was originally written for Snappa and published on Irish Examiner and other sites.