My Attempt at Dessert Sushi
As promised in my previous post, A Collection of Dessert Sushi, here is my version of dessert sushi in all its glory. I used almond paste (marzipan) for the mock raw fish…which worked out well. I could dye it any color I wanted, and craft it into any shape I wanted. I was only limited on my imagination here.
I also did a lot of research at the grocery store on what type of “nori” to buy. I tried the organic versions of fruit leather – these did not work. Although some had a more realistic outer texure and color, they ended up being too thick and did not wrap properly. The “fruit by the foot” did not work out well either. The width of the roll was too thin. I ended up purchasing plain old fruit roll-ups with no printing on them. Which by the way, plain fruit roll-ups are hard to find. They have certainly changed since I was young - they are now tie dyed, multi-colored, printed with funny jokes and fake tattoos on them, incredible.
As for my maki roll fillings, I used licorice and gummy worms. These worked out well because of their length. I thought the green apple licorice looked like a cucumber maki roll. The flavor and texture was also a nice compliment to the crisp rice cereal.
What you will need:
- 6 cups of Rice Krispies
- Bag of marshmallows – about 40 large marshmallows
- 1/3 of a cup of butter (1/4 cup for your Rice Krispies Treats, the rest for your hands)
- Tube of almond paste for sculpting
- Food coloring
- Various gummy candies for the maki roll fillings
- Fruit roll-ups
1.) Prepare your work area. You will need a baking sheet that is topped with a piece of lightly buttered parchment paper. Set aside.
2.) This is the best time to make your mock versions of raw fish, tamago, fish roe, pickled ginger, wasabi and whatever else you want to craft out of the almond paste. If you have ever worked with Play Doh, you will feel comfortable doing this. Simply die the almond paste the color you want with your food coloring, and go to town. It was fun trying to sculpt the perfect shrimp. Have fun looking at pictures of actual sushi on the internet to come up with your own versions. Set them aside.
3.) Ok, now you will make your basic Rice Krispies Treat recipe. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
4.) Add your rice cereal. Stir until well coated.
5.) Using buttered spatula scoop the mix onto your buttered parchment paper, pat with your buttered hands into a thin layer, about ¾ of an inch thick. This will form the “rice” for your maki rolls.
6.) Immediately start making your rolls. Place a layer of your gummy candies about an inch from the edge. Now roll your parchment paper with the rice cereal over the gummy candies making your dessert maki roll. Once it is in a roll form, slice the roll from the rest of the pressed cereal and set the roll aside to cool.
7.) Make a few more rolls, leaving a few inches of the gooey rice cereal to work with. You will make hand formed rice clumps to make mock nigiri sushi with the remaining rice cereal mixture. Simply ball it up in your hand to form a little egg-like shape. Your almond paste creations will sit upon these.
8.) Once your rolls are cooled, it is time to add your mock nori to the roll. Unfold your fruit rollups and cut them into strips that 1.5 inches thick.
9.) Cut your rolls into 1.5 inch thick pieces, now wrap these rolls with your strips of fruit rollup.
10.) Finally, assemble your nigiri sushi pieces by placing your almond paste raw fish on top of these mounds of rice cereal.