Fruit Sushi, aka “Frushi”, is the newest way to do dessert!

Posted by | April 28, 2017 | Della Rice Stir Recipes | No Comments
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It’s finally Spring! The flowers are blooming and the farmer’s markets are starting up. I am so excited for all the fresh fruit and vegetables that are coming into season right now. When warm weather hits, I often find myself adding a lot more fresh fruit to my diet. For this recipe,  I wanted to create a fun out-of the-box dessert incorporating some of my favorite things: fruit, sushi, and chocolate! I know what you are thinking….dessert sushi? Is that a thing? Well, now it is! I am calling it “Frushi” because this recipe is so good it deserves it’s own unique name. I have to just start by gushing about how much FUN this recipe was to make! It would be a perfect group activity for friends or kids to get creative and have fun in the kitchen!

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I decided to use Della Arborio rice for this recipe because I really felt like it would make a great sushi rice. Arborio rice releases a lot of starch as it cooks which makes it quite sticky, the perfect texture for sushi rice. Instead of water, I used full fat coconut milk which made it even more sticky (but not mushy) and easily moldable. This recipe looks complicated, but once you prep all the ingredients it’s all about making sure your rice is sticky enough and pressing it into one even layer. When rolling, it makes the process A LOT easier if you have one of these bamboo rolling mats so you can shape the rice a little better.

Some helpful tips I walked away with…

1. When working with the rice keep your hands cold and wet to prevent stickiness (a bowl of cold water to dip your hands in is helpful)
2. Don’t overstuff with ingredients!
3. Moisten your knife and slide it across rather than pressing down as you cut the roll.
4. The sharper the knife, the easier it will glide through the roll.
If you have never made sushi before, then hopefully these tips will help. I also recommend watching a few youtube videos like this one. Quickly you will be come an expert and be able to apply these techniques to many other recipes!

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Fruit Sushi, aka, “Frushi”, 

Recommended Tools:

Bamboo Sushi Mat

Cling Wrap

INGREDIENTS:

2 C Della Arborio Rice

1 Can (full fat) Coconut Milk + extra coconut cream (the cream at the top of the can)

1 tsp Coconut Sugar, optional

1 tsp Vanilla Extract, optional

Various fruit,  sliced into long thin strips or sticks

Toasted coconut, optional

Chocolate Sauce (store bought or homemade, recipe below)

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DIRECTIONS:

1. For the sushi rice: cook to package directions except sub coconut milk for water, add sugar and vanilla extract if desired

2. Let sushi rice cool*. As it is cooling, slice your fruit into long strips.

3. On a bamboo mat with a layer of cling wrap on top: press rice in an even layer with no visible holes, leaving a bit of room at the bottom (as pictured), keep a bowl of cold water next to you so you can wet your hands if they get sticky.

4. Add desired fruit about 1/2 an inch in from rice.

5. Start to roll and use the mat to bring the rice towards you as you form the roll. Work slowly if you need to making sure the rice is gradually incorporated.

6. Once your rice has formed a nice log shape, sprinkle with toasted coconut (optional), and cut the roll with a very sharp knife (see tips above) into pieces.

7. You should have 8-10 pieces of delicious desert Frushi! Serve with creamy chocolate sauce! YUM!

* I added a little more of the coconut cream which is the creamy substance that rises to the top of the can) to my rice to make it even more sticky. It was delicious and worked great!

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Chocolate Sauce (store bought or homemade, recipe below)

INGREDIENTS:

7 oz Bittersweet Chocolate, roughly chopped

1 C Heavy Cream (or coconut milk if you prefer non-dairy)

DIRECTIONS

1. In a saucepan, heat cream over medium heat

2. Place chocolate in a heat-prof bowl

3. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and whisk together until smooth

4. Let cool and allow to thicken

*This can also be done in the microwave by heating the chocolate and cream together in :30 sec intervals, whisk between heating until smooth

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Fruit Sushi

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