Friday, June 27, 2008

Umeboshi Onigiri???

So far I haven't been able to develop a taste for umeboshi.

Umeboshi is a Japanese form of pickled plum. It's a traditional onigiri filling and it's super sour. So sour that I can't even stand a tiny piece of one. I will keep trying to develop a taste for it though, I haven't given up.

But in the meantime, I had a silly notion last night that I would make some umeboshi onigiri out of rice krispy squares. This wasn't an original idea, I was inspired by this website.

Once they were made, I put them in some nice white boxes so that BF could bring some to a friend's place where he was having lunch today. I think they turned out pretty cute.
I just used the basic rice krispy square recipe printed inside the box. While it was still hot (and working very quickly so it didn't cool down before I was done) I pressed a layer of rice in the bottom of my small triangle onigiri mold (about 1 1/2" on each side) and placed a sour cherry candy in the middle. I like these candies because they are sour like an umeboshi and look sort of like one (okay, not really, but they look more like an umeboshi than say a gummi worm does ) and they're really yummy! Then I placed another layer of rice krispies around the candy to hold it in place.

After that I closed the mold just like you would with an onigiri. It's important not to fill it too full because cereal doesn't have a lot of give to it, and the candies get dented and scratched.

I melted some semi-sweet chocolate squares in the microwave (30 seconds and stir, repeat until melted) and used a butter knife to spread it around the outer edge of half of the 'onigiri'. I placed the chocolate coated ones on wax paper and put them in the fridge to harden the chocolate.

I had some Wilton candy boxes from Michael's (I think they're the half pound size. I threw out the tag, so I can't be sure) that I lined with wax paper. I used sushi grass paper to separate the 'onigiri'. For decorations I made some 'pickled ginger' by rolling a piece of cherry ribbon candy and filled a fish shaped soy sauce bottle with chocolate syrup.

I had intended to make 'wasabi' with a mound of green fondant, but I ran out of time.

On the top of the box I wrote "Mmm....onigiri umeboshi" with a black Sharpie.

So it was kind of silly. But it was fun :)


Langwidere said...

That's a fantastic idea! You did a great job! They look delicious, too.

Jacki said...

Thanks!! They were yummy :)

Lyvvie said...

These are fantastic! I love them. I don't think I could get sour cherries, but I can get glace cherries which would be ok I think. I'll have to try these! Thanks!

Mari said...

hi Jacki!
been lurking this blog and finally have mustered the courage to comment! :) lol..just wanna say that i love your blog! it's full of nice surprises everyday, and there's always something to learn when i visit your blog! keep up the great work! :)

Jacki said...

Lyvvie, let me know how they turn out! :) I think glace cherries might be a little tough to work with because they're so soft. There are lots of other candies you could use if you can't find sour cherries. Swedish berries and jelly tots come to mind.

Hi mari! I'm glad to hear you like my blog! Do you make bentos?