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Infused Strawberry Mochi Ice Cream by our April Herbalist of the Month

You may know him as The Hawaiian Alchemist on social media, but Topher Jacob is a talented chef and community builder in the LEVO Love Club. From small-batch confections and gourmet dishes, Topher’s creations are truly a result of alchemy.

In celebration of 4/20 all-month, we checked in with Topher and got him to share his recipe for an infused strawberry mochi ice cream. Is it too much to ask him to make everything #LEVOmade?

Read on and meet Toph! Check out his #ProTip for building your collection of infused oils, too.

Herbalist of the Month Q&A

Question: Do you own a LEVO I or LEVO II?
(Black) LEVO 1 aka: Leroy & (Yellow) LEVO 2 aka Levi

Question: What’s your favorite #LEVOmade infusion you’ve made to date?
Aroma Oils, for Ramen. Black garlic, Green Onion, Chili, Sesame, Bonito… and weirdly enough Popeyes Chicken Skin Oil. Although so far, nutmeg oil. You can sneak it into anything as an oil. A few drops make anything made with butter just pop!

Question: What do you love about the LEVO Love Club?
The community and think tank of ideas. There is always something to be made or new recipe someone is coming up with that you gotta try.

Question: What’s next for you and your LEVO?
Stockpiling. I found having a good range of oils stocked and ready to go is the best thing to do. All your dried year herbs and spices you got in your cupboard losing flavor…turn it to oil. When you need a little extra layer of flavor to add a few drops, or start blending them like perfume.

Toph’s Infused Strawberry Mochi Ice Cream

Ingredients

Strawberry Ice Cream:

1½ cups fresh strawberries, hulled*
¾ cup whole milk
2⁄3 cup granulated sugar
pinch salt
1½ cups heavy cream
1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 oz Infused Vegetable Glycerin
7 grams of your flower of choice

Mochi:
3/4 cup sweet glutinous rice flour
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
(Pink Food Coloring Optional)
Potato starch, cornstarch, or additional rice flour, for dusting

LEVO Prep

Fill pod about 7 grams of your flower of choice. Hit the Activate cycle to start. Add 6 oz cup vegetable glycerin to LEVO reservoir.

Set temperature to 190°F and time to 3 hours (180 minutes).

Instructions
  1. Put the strawberries into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the chopping blade. Pulse strawberries until rough/finely chopped (depending on preference). Reserve in bowl.

  2. When the ice cream balls are frozen solid, it’s time to make mochi. In your microwave. Whisk the flour and sugar together in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the water (and food coloring 10 drops, or if you are using gel, blend with the water for easier distribution among the mixture) and whisk to combine.

  3. Using a 3 or 3 1/2-inch cookie cutter to cut rings out of the mochi. Dust the excess starch off the circles with a pastry brush, then stack them on a plate, with a layer of parchment or plastic wrap between each sheet of rolled mochi. (Note: You can gather your scraps back together and re-roll to form additional circles, though they may be a bit tougher and therefore harder to work with later on as the mochi starts to further set.)

  4. Lay down a piece of parchment on your work surface, then use a fine-mesh sieve or sifter to cover it with potato starch/cornstarch/rice flour. Transfer the mochi to the parchment, sift over more starch, and cover loosely with plastic wrap and wait for it to cool down enough to handle.

  5. With a rolling pin, roll the mochi out to 1/4-inch thick. Applying more starch as needed to prevent it from sticking to your pin or board. Transfer the parchment to a baking sheet and refrigerate for about 10-15 minutes, until firm and cool to the touch, pending on how cold your fridge is. (Note: Don’t forget about them! If you do, microwave them again for 30 seconds till ply-able.)

  6. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and microwave for 1 minute. Use a wet silicone spatula, stir the mixture, then re-cover and return to the microwave for 1 more minute. Stir again, cover, and microwave for 30 seconds. The color of your mochi should be translucent. If your mochi isn’t translucent, stir, cover, and microwave again for 30 seconds. Repeat this step till necessary.

  7. Working with one ice cream scoop at a time. Take a mochi circle, with the plastic wrap beneath it, place the ice cream on top of the mochi sheet, and move quickly to pull the sides of the mochi, wrapping the ice cream ball. Have all the ends meet and in a pinch and twist motion to seal up the ball. Transfer the mochi ball to the freezer, seal side down, repeat this procedure till you’ve worked through all the ice cream.

  8. Freeze the balls until frozen solid (6-12 hours). (Note: instead of using the plastic sheets, I found using gloves helps me work quicker to shape and seal this envelope of ice cream goodness.)

Don’t forget to show us what you make with #LEVOmade.

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