As I've said in many a post before, I'm not a creative cook. I follow recipes and then tweak them. So I've never entered a recipe contest before since that requires creativity. Well, here is my first attempt at creating a recipe to enter into a contest.
Back in January I posted about my entry but couldn't post the recipe. Now I can. I didn't win or place. Interestingly, there is a similarity of my recipe with the actual winner of the Sweet category. Admittedly, theirs sounds/is better.
The contest is the Chocolate Adventure Contest and required, obviously, chocolate as well as one or more adventuresome ingredients. The co-sponsor of the contest was Scharffen Berger chocolate and required use of their product. The adventure ingredients included such things as sumac, paprika, crystalized ginger, pandan leaves, and more. I chose to go with the rice flour and peanut butter to create my Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Mochi Cakes.
Peanut butter filling
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
Makes: Approximately 30 candy centers.
Put butter and peanut butter in a medium bowl. Microwave on high for one minute. Remove from oven and mix until smooth. Stir in confectioners’ sugar, blending well. Add more confectioners’ sugar, as necessary, to form a pliable mass. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for about an hour.
After the peanut butter filling has finished cooling in the fridge, start on the mochi dough.
Chocolate Mochi dough
1 cup rice flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup Scharffen Berger Unsweetened Natural Cocoa Powder
1 1/4 cups milk
Place rice flour, sugar, cocoa, and milk in a nonstick pan. Place on low heat and stir constantly until dough thickens. Place the dough on a floured surface and divide into 12 pieces. Press the pieces into rounds. Place a TBSP of filling in the center of each dough round and stretch the dough to enclose the filling. Shape into a ball. Place into refrigerator to cool. When chilled, remove and dust cakes with powdered sugar.