I am a self-professed mochi addict. It’s chewy, sweet, filling and simply delicious. The traditional mochi is usually filled with a paste made with red beans and is soooo good. But, some people aren’t as open to eating sweet beans. If that sounds like you, maybe Nutella would be more up your alley.
Even if you’re a die-hard red bean fan, I have to say, everything is better with Nutella. It’s like hazelnutty ganache in a jar! What’s not to love?
This version of the classic is just as good (especially if you’re also a chocolate addict like myself). It’s just as chewy, but with a delectable creamy, chocolatey twist.
This is a spin on our classic mochi recipe, which you can find here –> Mochi
Makes: 16 mochi
1 1/4 cups glutinous rice flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/4 cup cornstarch mixed with 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder (doesn’t have to be exact measurement)
First, make the Nutella dollops to fill the mochi. To do that, take out a plate or some other dish that will fit inside the freezer. Line it with parchment. Then, spoon teaspoon sided dollops of Nutella onto the parchment. A small ice cream scoop helps a ton if you have one. Then, freeze for 15 minutes.
While the Nutella is freezing, in a microwaveable safe container, mix together the glutinous rice flour, cocoa powder, sugar and water. Cover and microwave for 2 minutes. Then, stir the mixture as much as possible (yes it will be very sticky). Microwave again for a minute or so until the mochi inflates in the microwave.
Sprinkle a cutting board with the cornstarch+cocoa powder mixture to prevent the mochi from sticking to your hands. Dump the cooked mochi onto the surface and cover with the cornstarch+cocoa powder. If the mochi is too hot to touch, leave it to rest for ~5 minutes. Then, cut the mochi into 16 pieces.
Now, working quickly, take the Nutella dollops out of the freezer and wrap each one with the mochi. If the Nutella starts to melt, put the dollops back in the freezer for a few minutes to harden up again.
After filling, the mochi are ready to eat. Enjoy!