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Are you like me in that you like the idea of sushi more than actual sushi itself?
And don’t even try to get me to sell the grandchildren on the thought of eating sushi just yet! But here is a fun and unique recipe called “Fruit Sushi,” or “Frushi,” that makes for a good time with the kiddos. The dessert is a playful twist on traditional sushi but uses fresh fruit and sweetened rice instead of raw fish and regular sushi rice. Let’s dive in!
- 1 cup sushi rice
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup canned coconut milk
- Assorted fresh fruits (e.g., strawberries, kiwi, mango, raspberries, blueberries)
- Fruit roll-ups or fruit leather (for the “nori”)
- Prepare the sushi rice by rinsing it in a fine-mesh sieve under cold water until the water runs clear.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the rice and 1 1/2 cups of water. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes or until the rice has absorbed all the water.
- While the rice is cooking, in a small saucepan, mix together the sugar, rice vinegar, and salt. Heat over low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
- When the rice is cooked, transfer it to a large bowl and gently fold in the vinegar mixture and the coconut milk. Allow the rice to cool to room temperature.
- While the rice is cooling, prepare the fruits by cutting them into small, thin slices or bite-sized pieces.
- Once the rice has cooled, lay out a piece of fruit roll-up or fruit leather on a clean, flat surface. With wet hands, spread a thin layer of the sweetened rice over the fruit roll-up, leaving a small border at the edges.
- Arrange the sliced fruit in a line along the bottom third of the rice.
- Gently lift the bottom edge of the fruit roll-up, and roll it tightly, just like a sushi roll. Press gently to seal the roll.
- Use a sharp knife to slice the fruit sushi roll into bite-sized pieces.
- Serve the fruit sushi with a side of yogurt or whipped cream for dipping, if desired.
And there you have it! This recipe offers a fun and interactive experience for both the grandmother and her grandchildren, and the end result is a delicious, colorful treat everyone will enjoy. Sushi for people who don’t like sushi! 😛