aka Mochi Churros
While Churros are traditionally dunked in an oil bath before being dried off with white sugar‚ here they’re baked instead… using just enough oil for flavor‚ and taking advantage of delectable mochi to make a truly wholesome treat. Mochi can be found in most natural food stores‚ in the refrigerated or frozen section. Click here for a mochi retailer near you.
12½ oz Mochi (1 package)
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Carefully slice the mochi lengthwise into ¼-inch strips and set aside for a moment. In the smallest saucepan you have, melt the coconut oil over medium heat just until it turns liquid and remove from heat. With a pastry brush (or a finger) lightly brush both flat sides of each mochi strip with a little of the melted oil, and place each strip on a baking sheet two inches apart (make sure none of the edges are touching one another else they will become conjoined when baked). Reserve the remaining melted oil in the warm pan for later.
Place the baking sheet with the mochi in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes.
While the mochi is baking, take a pie tin and pour in the sugar, cinnamon and sea salt inside. Mix together to combine.
After the mochi is finished cooking (it will have puffed up and just begun to lightly toast on the bottom)? remove from the oven and immediately pour the remaining small amount of melted coconut oil on top of the mochi pieces. Slide the pieces around, tossing the hot mochi in the oil on the pan, lightly coating as much of the mochi as possible.
One at a time take a piece of mochi and roll it in the sugar-filled pie tin to shake on a light dusting. Repeat with the remaining mochi. Mochurros are best served warm but can be enjoyed cool as well and will retain their optimal texture for about a day. Serves 4-6.
*For best results use a plain variety/flavor. Superfood varieties or cinnamon-raisin may also be used if available.
Makes: 4 to 5
Submitted by: Julie Morris