This dessert is made to look like sushi, but in fact it is sweet and fruity. Instead of nori there are cocoa pancakes with pea flour and the round-grain sushi rice is rice pudding. The fish roe is replaced by prickly pears seedlings but I kept the typical avocado. The dessert is so saturating, this platter can actually be a full serving for dinner.
Step 1: Ingredients:
- 300ml milk (1 1/2 cups)
- 125grams flour
- 3 eggs
- 1 tablespoon cocoa
- 1 cup round-grain rice
- 4 cups milk
- 1 avocado
- 1 prickly pear
Step 2: Preparing the Dough
Break the 3 eggs in a mixing bowl. Add 125grams of flour. I tried to replace 25grams with green peas flour to achive the look of nori, but in the end it failed. It seemed to increase the taste though. Now add 300ml of milk and a tablespoon of cocoa powder. Blend with a hand mixer until smooth. Let the mix rest for at least 30 minutes.
Step 3: Preparing the Rice Pudding
Meanwhile take 4 cups of milk and bring to a boil in a saucepan. Add a cup of round-grain rice and a knife point of cinnamon. To prevent the milk from overcooking you have to stir it the whole time until it thickens. It may take between 20 and 25 minutes. Then spread the rice pudding onto a plate and let it cool down.
Step 4: Preparing the Prickly Pear
Do not touch the prickly pear with your bare hands!
They still can have some spikes and these are tiny but evil. Use gloves or pasta tongs to fix them, remove the top and bottom with a kitchen knife, then peel off the skin. The seeds inside look like masago (fish roe used in sushi).
Step 5: Baking the Pancakes
To make thin pancakes you need a high temperatur in your pan. They should be done within 10 secounds for each side. Gather them on a plate until you run out of dough, it should be enough for 7 pancakes. Then trim them into rectangular shape so you can roll them like sushi. Peel the avocado, remove the seed and slice it. The rice pudding should be cooled down by now.
Step 6: Rolling the Maki
Place 2 tablespoons of rice pudding on one rectangular pancake sheet, place avocado slices in the mid and then roll it like a big cigar into a sushi roll. Slice the roll into bite-sized pieces.
Step 7: Inside Out Maki
Another possible variant is the inside out sushi. The rice is sticky enough stay on the pancake, but also on your hands. Either sprinkle some cold water on your hands or use disposable gloves. Fill the roll with avocado or fruits, then stick the rice pudding to the outside. Spread some poppy seeds on the bite-sized pieces. You need a lot more rice pudding though if you make inside out makis.
Step 8: Futomaki and Gunkanmaki
Use the pulp of the prickly pears with the avocado and spread the rice pudding over the whole pancake rectangle. Then roll it together and you have a futomaki. For the seeds cut a stripe two fingers wide and close it to a ring, fill it with rice pudding in the bottom and then put the seeds on top. If the pancake has to overlap use a grain of rice to stick the ends together.
Enjoy your dessert!