Honey Lemon Mochi Doughnuts
I think I had the most fun coming up with these Honey Lemon Mochi Doughnuts since they too are inspired by several parts of the movie, Big Hero 6, like like my Melt Your Face Off Chicken Wings recipe.
My kids LOVE baking doughnuts. Baked doughnuts are really just a ring shaped muffin and not an unhealthy fried sugar bomb, they’re easy to mix up I have my girls help me now when we make them. They request them almost every weekend. My 6 year old especially loves chocolate ones. I only make baked doughnuts about once a month for a treat since I try to keep the sweets to a minimum, my kids are hyper enough one their own, they don’t need to be all hopped up on sugar. Most the time I decrease the sugar in a recipe or use a sweetener like honey or coconut sugar. Still sugar, but tends to not taste as sweet.
Whenever I bake doughnuts for some reason I underfill the first batch thinking I won’t have enough for the second, since I only have one doughnut pan that makes 6 doughnuts. My first batch comes out smaller and the second batch comes out bigger. Always. One of these days I will buy a second pan.
There are several reasons for these doughnuts as far as the inspiration from Big Hero 6. First off “Honey Lemon” is the name of one of the characters. According to Disney Wiki “a quirky chemistry whiz at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. Williams said “She’s a glass-is-half-full kind of person. But she has this mad-scientist quality with a twinkle in her eye – there’s more to Honey than it seems”. She is this sweet almost air-head appearing girl that cares very much for Hiro, almost acting like a big sister to him. She is brilliant and her “weapon” in the movie is her power purse which she could program and make these balls of different chemical concoctions to get her team out of trouble. I ALMOST made round Honey Lemon Mochi to go with the “balls” she threw but I knew doughnuts would be better for another reason.
Another reason I almost made these round was because Hiro’s Aunt Cass had a cat in the movie named Mochi who was a great big fat cat. But with the idea of mochi in a doughnut form came to mind, round was out. But Mochi stayed in honor of the fat cat.
And the reason I chose doughnuts is that Aunt Cass runs a bakery and grabs a doughnut to eat saying she is “stress eating”. That cracked me up. In another scene she grabs doughnuts to eat with the boys after cafe hours. So there you have it, all the reasons behind these really delicious honey lemon mochi doughnuts.
These are gluten free since they are made with a Japanese sweet rice flour as the flour component. I found the flour to be a little grainy after the first batch I made and a little on the dry side so I made them again and adjusted a few of the ingredients and they came out perfect. These are best eaten the day they are made and the icing is key. I used lemon curd for my lemon flavor in the icing and the little drizzle of honey over the top of the icing made them that much better.
For the glaze
To make the icing