Sweet mochi filled with red bean paste are a traditional Japanese New Year’s treat. We took that idea and satisfied our hunger for the mochi ice cream commonly served as dessert in Japanese restaurants by filling the rice cakes with red bean ice cream. To switch things up, you could fill them with green tea ice cream or any other flavor you please. But if you’re a traditionalist, opt for the red bean paste.
Instead of using a tablespoon to fill our mochi, we used a 1/2-ounce ice cream scoop.
Game plan: For optimum mochi texture, let the ice cream balls sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.
This recipe was featured as part of our New Year’s, Japanese Style story.