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Vanilla Mochi Donuts

I came up with this recipe for Vanilla Mochi Donuts to enter the Spice Islands Vanilla Challenge and I was one of the three finalists!

Wanting to bring out the best of the ingredients, I used not only vanilla extract but vanilla sugar. Is there anything more satisfying than a piece of fried dough covered in sugar? I think not. Add mochiko AND vanilla into the mix and you’ve got the perfect combination!

2 cups mochiko (sweet rice flour)
2 cups flour
1-1/2 cups vanilla sugar**
3 eggs
1-1/2 cups whole milk
4 Tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoons Spice Islands Vanilla Extract

oil (for frying)

1/2 cup vanilla sugar**

The only thing you will have to make ahead is the vanilla sugar. Scrape and bury a vanilla bean into two cups of sugar. Keep in an airtight container until you are ready to use.

In a large bowl mix together the mochiko, flour, vanilla sugar, eggs, milk, baking powder and vanilla. Set aside. (Mochiko is a Japanese rice flour that can be found in asian sections of the market or online. Mochiko gives a nice ‘chew’ perfect for these donuts.)

Heat the oil in a large skillet or a home fryer.

Drop by the Tablespoon into the hot oil. They will expand a lot. Also the mochiko makes the batter very pull-y and sticky, so try your best to keep it formed into nice round shapes.

Once the dough pops up and floats, fry until golden brown, a few minutes on each side. Drain them on a wire rack.

While still hot, roll the donuts in the vanilla sugar mixture.

(photo by Matt Armendariz)

My prize? A YEAR’S supply of vanilla! That’s a lot of vanilla.

For more info about the contest and the other winners, here.

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Vanilla Mochi Donuts



13 Responses to “Vanilla Mochi Donuts”

  1. michelle says:

    congrats!!! and these look so yum….been meaning to try making mochi soon, will need to use one of your recipes!

  2. Congratulations!!! These were awesome donuts and everyone should make them. :)

  3. Laura says:

    Congratulations! Those look so delicious. Your recipes are so creative!

  4. briarrose says:

    These look perfect!

  5. Michelle says:

    Hooray!! Congrats!!

  6. Brittany says:

    This is such a unique recipe! I really like mochi, and in a doughnut it would be very special. Thanks for sharing! I look forward to seeing more of your recipes throughout 2011

  7. Misti says:

    I love all your mochi based recipes and was looking forward to trying some of the more unusal ones such as these when I purchased what I thought was a bag of mochi flour online. What arrived was sweet rice in its raw grain form. Do you have any ideas/recipes for this?

  8. Congrats! I’m definitely bookmarking this for later.

  9. justJENN says:

    @Misti Aw, man! Well, you can make Mochi Rice meatballs with it! http://justjennrecipes.com/mochi-rice-meatballs/2010/01/26/

  10. Kat says:

    i’m a little confused about the vanilla bean. what do you mean by scrape and bury?

  11. justJENN says:

    Cut the bean in half, scrape out the insides, bury it in the sugar.

  12. carly says:

    these were tasty …but i couldnt manage to make them into a nice shape. I used coconut oil to fry them, dont know if that made a difference. next time i will try regular oil to see if it did.

  13. Amber says:

    Goodness! These turned out amazing! And make a very sizeable batch! We’ll be having breakfast goodies for a few days (and some of my coworkers will share in the bounty as well :D) I love finding new things to use mochiko with. Thanks for sharing the recipe! And also, congrats!

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