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Mochi Donuts (Pon de Ring-Impressed)

Mochi Donuts are colourful, chewy, pull-apart enjoyable! Their distinctive texture and fluffy inside makes them a snacking sensation.

Mochi Donuts

Mochi donuts are like no different donut you’ll strive. The crisp, chewy, virtually elastic exterior offers option to a smooth, subtly candy inside. When you’re seeking to dip a toe within the water with selfmade mochi donuts, then that is the right recipe. It makes six whole, which is simply sufficient to follow your forming, frying, and glazing methods. Every donut is a beneficiant serving. And regardless that six donuts might not sound like rather a lot, it’s a lot sufficient for sampling and even sharing.

Mochi Donuts


The pastry’s origins are a bit winding. The primary iterations might be traced to Honolulu within the early 90’s with Charmaine Ocasek’s selfmade poi mochi. Later in 2003, the Japanese donut chain Mister Donut (which truly originated within the US in 1956) launched the flower-shaped ring of pull-apart dough balls, the “Pon de Ring”. Its recognition unfold from Japan to the USA by route of Hawaii. Now mochi donuts are extensively obtainable. And folks like me are keen about studying learn how to make them at residence.

Mochi doughnuts are a cross between a conventional cake-like doughnut and chewy mochi dough just like what’s wrapped round ice cream bonbons at sushi eating places.

The hybrid batter makes for a doughnut that’s fluffy and moist, with a satisfying chew.

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The dough.

Begin by sifting collectively the dry elements. Mochi donut recipes are various in the case of flours, and this one makes use of all-purpose flour blended with mochiko (glutinous rice flour). Mochiko offers the donuts a smooth, bready inside. It’s possible you’ll bear in mind this ingredient from my Lemon Mochi Chicks recipe.

Press silken tofu by way of a positive sieve. This ingredient creates a easy batter and provides the donuts plenty of protein. Coincidentally, I need to let you know that mochi donuts have half the energy of a daily donut. Personally, I’m not a calorie counter in the case of donuts, however I do know some individuals are.

Combine the tofu with some eggs and just a little water. Then, stir all of it collectively till a ragged dough varieties, after which knead along with your fingers till easy.

Iconic form.

Lower six parchment sheets into 5×5 inch squares. Separate the dough into 36 even items (about 5 grams every, for my dough) and roll them into balls. Place 6 balls on every paper touching, in a hoop form. That is essentially the most time-consuming a part of the recipe. There are mochi donut cutters for buy, however I wouldn’t splurge till you’re positive you’re a mochi donut fan.

Observe: The unique Pon de Ring-style donuts are made up of 8 dough balls. On this abbreviated recipe, I exploit simply 6. When you needed to make the balls just a little smaller, you may accomplish that to yield 8 per donut. Nevertheless, it’s a bit extra time consuming.

Fry ’em!

Warmth about 2 inches of oil in a pan to about 375°F. I want utilizing an electrical skillet, which retains the temperature even. When you’re utilizing a stove-top burner, I counsel beginning at 350°F, and testing the oil with an instant-read thermometer.

Slip the donuts on the parchment into the oil. Do that 2 at a time, if in case you have room within the pan. After a minute or two, slide the donut off of the parchment. Fry till golden brown on either side.

Flip the donuts gently with a pair of tongs, or some chopsticks. I want the later as a result of it touches much less floor space on the donut and helps retain the form.

Glaze and garnish.

Glaze the donuts with a easy white chocolate ganache mixed with fruit powder, vegetable powder, or tea powder. I used all three! Suncore Meals’s Lilac Taro Yam Powder, offers you a good looking lilac hued glaze. Dragonfruit powder yields a deep magenta. And my favourite – inexperienced tea powder imparts a grassy hue.

Garnishes are solely restricted to your creativeness! I had some cookies and cream Pocky sticks, so I added these to the taro donuts. Almond taste goes so nicely with matcha, so I topped these with sliced almonds. The dragonfruit-glazed donuts acquired a white chocolate drizzle and a few sprinkles.

Mochi Donuts
Mochi Donuts

These donuts are subtly candy. Except for the spherical form, they’re not a lot in any respect like your customary American donut. The glaze provides the sweetness, however even with a thick coating it’s not the sugar bomb you may think. Give them a try to you simply would possibly get hooked! For me, it’s the feel that I can’t resist.

Mochi Donuts (Pon de Ring – Impressed)

Heather Baird

Small batch, yields 6 donuts.Mochi donuts are a mix of Japanese mochi and American doughnuts. Their distinctive form, crisp exterior and smooth inside offers them a texture that’s fully not like yeast or cake doughnuts. They aren’t as candy as American doughnuts, however might be topped with all types of candy glazes and toppings. The form is impressed by the Pon de Ring donut from the chain Mister Donut.There are numerous totally different recipes for mochi doughnuts with variable elements and methods. When you’ve by no means made mochi donuts, this recipe is an effective place to begin. It’s simple and the elements are pretty accessible. When you can’t discover mochiko domestically, you may order it on-line or swap in tapioca flour (starch). Nevertheless, it will not be a real mochi donut. The Mr. Donut chain states that they use tapioca flour, which makes this donut barely lighter. The feel might be much less bready than what mochiko offers.

Prep Time 30 minutes

Cook dinner Time 25 minutes

Whole Time 55 minutes

Course Dessert

Delicacies Japanese


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/8 cup mochiko glutinous rice flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of salt optionally available
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 oz. silken tofu
  • 1 giant egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Oil for frying 2-3 cups


  • 4 oz. white chocolate finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon taro purple yam powder or dragonfruit or matcha powder


  • In a big mixing bowl, sift collectively the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, mochiko, baking powder, and salt if utilizing. Whisk to mix. Sift the granulated sugar over the combination. Whisk once more.

  • Place a positive sieve over medium mixing bowl. Use a rubber spatula to press the tofu by way of the mesh. Scrape the underside of the sieve to take away the all the tofu into the bowl. Whisk within the egg and egg yolk till mixed. Add the water and whisk once more to mix.

  • Make a nicely within the middle of the dry elements and add the tofu combination within the middle. Stir till a ragged dough varieties. When you may not stir the elements collectively, work the dough along with your fingers till a uniform dough is achieved. Kind right into a ball and let stand, coated, for about 10 minutes.

  • Lower 6 squares, 5×5 inches every from parchment paper.

  • Kind the dough into 36 small, even balls. For me, this was about 5 grams every on a kitchen scale. If dough is sticky, calmly mud the dough rounds with just a little AP flour. Place 6 dough balls in a hoop on each bit of parchment, in order that they contact.

  • Pour about 2 inches of oil in a skillet or in an electrical skillet. (Relying on the dimensions of your skillet, this could possibly be 2-4 cups of oil). Preheat the oil to 350°F on the range prime, and check it utilizing an instant-read thermometer. If utilizing an electrical skillet, which heats extra evenly, preheat to 375°F.

  • Place one or two donuts on the parchment paper into the oil. After about 2 minutes, gently take away the parchment paper from underneath the donut. Fry till golden brown on either side, 2-3 minutes. Use tongs or chopsticks to flip the donuts to keep away from splashing scorching oil from the pan. Use a slotted spatula to take away the donuts to a paper towel-lined plate.


  • Place the chopped white chocolate right into a microwave-safe dish. Add the heavy cream. Microwave at 100% energy for 1 minute. Let the combination stand for 1 minute, then whisk collectively till easy. Add the powder and blend once more. Dip every donut into the glaze and switch upright. Use a spoon to scoop extra glaze onto any naked spots.

  • Instantly garnish along with your alternative of topping. Mochi donuts are greatest eaten the identical day they’re fried. Leftovers might be saved hermetic in a single day, however will lose among the elastic texture. See recipe notes for topping concepts.

Weights: Weigh your entire quantity of dough to get an thought of how a lot every dough ball ought to weigh. My dough balls have been about 5 grams every, and your ought to be too. However weight can differ with humidity and atmospheric circumstances. 
Glazes: There are numerous totally different fruit, tea, and vegetable powders that can be utilized within the glaze. Regardless of being white chocolate ganache, the glaze isn’t as candy as you may think. Sweeter glazes might embody Nutella and bought dulce de leche (each melted for glaze consistency).
Toppings: There are virtually no limits to mochi donut toppings. Standard purveyors corresponding to Mochinut in California prime their donuts with fruity pebbles cereal, crushed Oreos, black sesame seeds, nuts, and cinnamon sugar. Simply to call a couple of. Pocky sticks make these already stunning donuts even prettier! A drizzle of white or darkish chocolate can be beautiful and tastes nice.
This recipe was researched and tailored from a couple of totally different recipes on-line, with because of Trustworthy Meals Talks, and nearly each selfmade mochi donut video on YouTube. 

Key phrase japanese donut, mochi donut, mochiko, mr. donut, pon de ring, silken tofu, taro glaze


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