Mochi donuts, also known as Pon de Rings, are a Japanese treat that has become popular around the world.
The texture is unique, thanks to the inclusion of mochi flour, which gives them a chewy and soft inside, and a crispy exterior.
But what happens when you have leftover mochi donuts that need to be reheated?
While they are best enjoyed fresh, reheating them can help revive their texture and flavor.
In this post, we will guide you on the best ways to reheat mochi donuts.
How To Reheat Mochi Donuts in a Conventional Oven
If you have several mochi donuts that you want to reheat at once or want to preserve the crispiness of their exterior while keeping their center soft, using an oven is your best option. Below are steps on how to reheat them in an oven:
- Preheat your oven – Start by preheating your oven at 350°F (180℃).
- Wrap in foil – Wrap each of your mochi donut tightly in aluminum foil.
- Place on baking sheet – Arrange them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Heat in the oven – Put the tray into the preheated oven and let your mochi donuts warm for approximately 10 minutes or until they’re heated through.
- Remove from oven – Take out from the oven and let cool for about five minutes.
How To Reheat Mochi Donuts in the Microwave
If you’re not too fussy about maintaining their crisped-up surface but want a quick fix for one or two pieces of leftover sponge cake-like mochi donut doughnuts instead of having it cold take these quick steps:
- Loosely wrap it – Begin by wrapping your leftover Pon de rings loosely with damp paper towels.
- Microwave – Microwave your wrapped mochi donut for about 20 seconds at a time until warmed through.
- Rest – Remove the towel and allow them to cool down for a moment before serving.
How To Reheat Mochi Donuts in a Skillet
Using a skillet will work if you crave crispy sides and hot centers with neither wilted nor dried-up texture. Follow these steps below to reheat your mochi donuts:
- Slice into pieces – Begin by cutting your leftover Pon de rings into quarters, so they’re easier to flip.
- Brush with butter/oil – Apply butter, vegetable oil, or cooking spray onto both sides of each quarter piece.
- Heat the skillet – Place the skillet on high heat; when it is warm enough, lower it to medium heat and let it heat up entirely.
- Fry It – Once heated, begin adding our sliced pieces and fry each side for a minute or two till crispy outside yet soft-and-chewy inside (use tongs to turn onto each side).
- Let them rest/cool – After frying all of your sliced pieces properly, move them onto absorbent paper towels to soak excess oil (around two minutes).
How To Reheat Mochi Donuts By Searing
If you want just a bit of crispness rather than having an extremely crispy outer layer, try this technique:
- Set your oven on low broil – Lower one oven rack as close to its broiler element as possible then set the other rack towards its lowest position without touching
- Place Cake plate – Insert that cake plate atop the rack placed closest towards its bottom
- Moisten ring slices – Sprinkle a few drops of water over every sliced pon-de-ring then move over directly onto that cake dish using a metal spatula
- Seal in Moisture – Add another cake dish over the topmost rack, sealing it tightly to any openings so that steam builds up
- Allow to reheat thoroughly – Allow your mochi donuts to reheat for about 10 minutes and take them out of the oven. After that, your deliciously reheated Pon de rings will be ready for serving.
How To Reheat Mochi Donuts in an Air Fryer
If you own an air fryer and want to rediscover the crispy texture of your leftover pon-de-ring doughnuts.This is less-common yet a popular method by which people like to reheat their leftovers:
- Very lightly mist or brush some oil: On every surface of each leftover Pon de rings.
- Pre-Heat Air fryer: Preheat your air fryer at 400°F (200°C) for 5 minutes.
- Placement: Place the Pon de rings inside a single layer placed within its basket; make sure you leave enough space between them so they are not touching each other
- Settle It: Cook at 350°F (180°C) until warmed all through (this might take around four minutes)
- Remove from Basket and Enjoy: Remove them from the air fryer basket using tongs and offer immediate served.
How To Reheat Mochi Donuts Using a Toaster Oven
This method works best if you only have one or two donuts, and you want quick results but still retain a touch of crispness on its outer layers.
- Slice into smaller pieces for better results: Begin by cutting each piece into smaller pieces, cut in half or quarters.
- Coat with butter/oil – Applying butter, vegetable oil as well as cooking spray on both sides of every small piece..
- Place onto Toaster Oven’s Tray – Ensure that they are evenly spread over toaster’s oven tray,
- Toasting- Toast between 2 and a half upto five minutes. Keep an unveiled eye on them.
- Cleanup- Before serving, transfer your toasted mochi donuts onto a plate or absorbent paper towels for cleaning off any excess oil.
How To Reheat Mochi Donuts in a Broiler
Another quick way to reheat leftover donuts is by using the broiler in your oven. This method helps restore some crispy texture.
- Preheat the boiler: Begin by preheating your broiler/
- Slightly moisten your mochi doughnuts with water.
- Place into Sheet: Arrange these slightly moistened pieces over the baking sheet placing it directly under that preheated broiler (lowered almost six inches away from its heat source) and broil until its tops as well as sides are evenly browned (this usually takes roughly 2 till 3 minutes).
- Remove from oven – Take out from the oven and let cool down for approximately five minutes.
How To Reheat Mochi Donuts in a Slow Cooker
This method requires minimal effort, and it keeps your mochi donuts moist without exacerbating the chewiness already present:
- Put both foil paper & fill slow cooker bottom-lefts with warm water – Start by putting an ample piece of foil into our slower cooker’s lower half. You can flip up both edges like “handles” for ease of loading/ unloading.
- Moist them- Sprinkle each surface of Pon de rings slightly with water
- Wrapping – Next wrap each one of these pieces within another small piece of aluminum foil
- Placing It In Slow Cooker – Put silver-wrapped pon de rings across lined slow-cooker’s bottom while sprinkling around some drops of water simultaneously over this wrapped pile (helps aid in achieving steam build-up).
- Covering It Properly – Cover that crockpot self tightly using its leading side – Add an additional piece of foil or cover it using a lid.
- Cooking – Cook until done: Low and slow for 30-40 min, checking every twenty minutes, might need to poke it open after complete since you could end up with excess moisture.
Is It Safe To Reheat Mochi Donuts?
It is safe to reheat mochi donuts as long as they have been stored properly. Always ensure that they are placed in an airtight container and kept in the fridge. To ensure safety, always reheat your mochi donuts to a safe minimum temperature of 165°F (74℃) before consuming.
In conclusion, reheating Pon de rings don’t have to be challenging. Whether you have leftover mochi donuts from last night’s dinner or want to indulge whenever you feel like, the methods we’ve shared can help satisfy your cravings anytime without any hassle.
Remember, different reheating techniques call for your preference on how firm/crispy/chewy these pon-de-rings should come out. Try them all out separately and then decide which method suits best for you!
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