Black Sesame Banana Bread

I bought some organic bananas two weeks ago and completely forgot about them in the pantry! Next thing you know, they were ultra ripe and brown. A gift in disguise since that makes it purrrfect for banana bread. This Black Sesame Banana Bread is a nutty twist on the classic banana bread. It is inspired…

Sourdough Ube Crumble Sweet Rolls

These Sourdough Ube Sweet Rolls are soft, nutty and sweet. The ube halaya filling keeps the dough soft and tender and the cookie crumble on top adds a textural contrast. It is super easy to make and best part? You mix the dough the night before and you’ll have soft rolls ready in the morning!…

Adzuki Red Bean Rugelach

This Jewish-Asian cookie pays homage to the crispy, buttery and sweet Jewish pastry: the rugelach and the widely popular Asian dessert filling: adzuki red bean paste. The pastry dough and red bean paste are rolled together and tossed in turbinado sugar and baked, creating a cookie that is nutty, sweet, buttery and crispy. The Idea…

Honeycomb Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Brown Butter Cookies

These Honeycomb Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Brown Butter Cookies are a twist on the Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies I’ve made in the past. These cookies are chewy, nutty, warm, sweet and somewhat smokey with a touch of bitterness and crunch. Flakey sea salt is added to the top for a welcomed saltiness that brings…

Kimchi Cheese Rolls (Sourdough or Yeasted)

These Kimchi Cheese Rolls are tangy, cheesy & packed full of umami. Best of all, they are unfussy. They are inspired by the cheese rolls at Cheese Board Bakery. Their cheese bread is made with simple sourdough and it was so simple and perfect that it I had to try making something similar at home….

Orange Sweet Rolls

Below, you’ll find the Sourdough Version and the Yeasted Version of the recipe Bright, citrusy, sweet with just a bit of tang that complements the orange ?. It is topped with orange zest and turbino sugar for some textural crunch. Uses 1 orange and makes 6 rolls. This brioche style bread is perfect for a…

Espresso Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingest caffeine via cookies. It’s for that 2pm slumber cloud, where just a cuppa just doesn’t do it. I love myself some chewy cookies! I recently learned from @sarah_kieffer that the secret to making chewy cookies is adding cream of tartar. Since then, I have been experimenting with making cookies with it, like this Chewy Black…

Soft Raisin Yogurt Buns

A couple months ago, I ran an experiment involving making bread with Tanzhong, Yudane and Yogurt. I am still wrapping my head on how to present all that information in a blog post but the high level conclusion is this: incorporating any of the three creates a more tender bake than without. These yogurt buns…

Orange Marmalade & Almond Bostock

Making bostock is one of my favorite ways to transform stale enriched bread into a sweet treat. It is like a cross between toast and almond croissant and is super easy to make. I posted the Black Sesame Bostock recipe a few weeks ago, which is a yummy milky, sweet and nutty treat. It hits…

Chewy Black Sesame Sugar Cookies

If you like black sesame, you would love this! These black sesame sugar cookies are perfectly thin and chewy with slightly crisp edges and intense black sesame flavor. The secret to the chew is in the ingredients. Bread flour Bread flour has a higher protein content than all purpose flour which gives you chewier cookies….

4 Ingredient Ube Coconut Mochi

These ube coconut mochi are sweet & nutty and easy to make– requiring just 4 ingredients. They are also vegan and gluten free. So, more fun for everyone! Ube halya is one of those things that I can eat out of the jar with a spoon. I have been making my own at home by…

Sourdough Discard Butter Milk Buns

Circular aluminum trays fill with golden, buttery, ultra soft milk buns are a common sight in my parents home growing up. The simple buttery milk bun is the most common (not to be confused with Butter Milk Bun), but occasionally we have ones with raisin or filled with coconut paste. I didn’t realized there was…

Black Sesame Bostock

Have you ever had bostock? It a pastry made with enriched bread and frangipane– think a happy marriage between toast and almond croissant. I had it for the first time about a year and a half ago from some fancy bakery in the city where I ordered it off the menu because I didn’t recognize…

Earl Grey Tea Biscuits

Earl grey is one of my favorite teas and it is one of the only tea, other than masala chai, that I would add milk and sugar to. I adore how fragrant it is and how mild and comforting. These tea biscuits are inspired by the flavors of Earl Grey Milk Tea. Start first by…

Sourdough Discard Almond Cacao Crisps

I’ve been really enjoying (making & eating) sweeter sourdough discard crackers. I made Sourdough Discard Cranberry Almond Crackers last week and they instantly topped all the savory crackers I have made, inspiring me to make more like it. This sourdough discard almond cacao crisp is a cookie-cracker hybrid. I’ve been debating on wether or not…

3 Layer Macchiato Mochi

My favorite espresso beverage is an Italian style espresso macchiato. It is just a shot of espresso with steamed milk. When you pour them together, the espresso foam interacts with the milk foam and creates this beautiful 3 layer coffee gradient, which is the inspiration for this mochi. In Italy, it is pretty common to…

Sourdough Discard Cranberry Almond Crackers

My new favorite sourdough discard crackers! Unlike most crackers, these are sweet and tangy with a biscotti like nuttiness a harder crisp. Perfect addition to a charcuterie board. This recipe is extra small– makes about 12 crackers– just enough not to have leftovers. For your frame of reference, thats half a baker’s half sheet. Highly…

Sourdough Discard Mini Crescent Rolls [or yeasted]

Bite sized crescent rolls. Its simplicity makes it a versatile base for other pairings such as butter, jam and compote. Great or snacking or as an horderve. Sourdough Discard and Yeasted recipe available below. Tips for success The dough is a wetter dough and can be sticky. It should come together as you continue to…

Road to Hana Banana Bread

By now everyone has probably made banana bread, right? I mean, what else have you been doing during covid? I’ve been making banana bread from scratch for years and dabbled with many different variations (vegan, gluten free, oil free… you name it– the absolute worse ones I made are those I made with coconut flour…

Flakey Sourdough Discard Biscuits

I never liked biscuits growing up. They were this white, bland, dry, gummy and sad looking thing that came with breakfast meals. A few years ago, I drove across the country and tried some better biscuits at a cafe called Happy Gillis in Kansas City and Lucile’s Creole Café in Denver, and enjoyed them for…

Sourdough Discard Cheddar Biscuits

I never liked biscuits growing up. They were this white, bland, dry, gummy and sad looking thing that came with breakfast meals. A few years ago, I drove across the country and tried some better biscuits at a cafe called Happy Gillis in Kansas City and Lucile’s Creole Café in Denver, and enjoyed them for the first time. But,…

Crisp & Chewy Mochiko Brownies

My ideal brownie is somewhere between a cakey brownie and a fudgy brownie (leaning closer towards the fudgy side) with a nice crisp top layer and a chewy center. These brownies are just that. The butter provides some light leavening, the melted chocolate gives it that fudginess, the granulated sugar, that thin & crisp top,…

Sourdough Discard Garlic Cheddar Pull Apart Bread

Garlic is my favorite aromatic. It just follows salt and pepper on frequency of use in the kitchen. And it is the star of this pull apart bread. The dough is infused with garlic butter and each bread layer is brushed with garlic butter before generously sprinkled with cheddar cheese, brushed again before it goes…

Black Sesame Mochi Bar

Nutty, chewy, milky & sweet. These mochi bars are speckled with black sesame paste for bursts of intense nutty sweetness in every bite. Made with just 4 ingredients! Glutinous rice flour, condensed milk, milk and black sesame. Bake your steam, your choice. Looking for more mochi recipes? Check these out! 4 Ingredient Ube Coconut Mochi…

Matcha White Chocolate Espresso Bean Sorghum Cookies

I guess I am starting an espresso bean cookie series ?. If you have missed it, I recently posted a recipe for Chocolate Espresso Bean Sourdough Discard Cookies. In that post I talked about how I really like multifunctional/multipurpose things and how espresso cookies embodies that. These Matcha White Chocolate Espresso Bean Sorghum Cookies are…

Chocolate Espresso Bean Sourdough Discard Cookies

I’m a fan of simple, shortbread style cookies that has just a bit of sweetness and pairs well with tea or coffee. There are so many cookie recipes out there that are the opposite– chewy, sweet, with chunks of toppings and a par-baked center. They are either big and spread out and chewy or fully…

Cream Cheese Cookies

There is a huge tub of cream cheese sitting in my fridge. I can’t stand waste (and there is just so many bagels & cream cheese I can eat!) so I decided to make cookies! I used Tastes of Lizzy T’s recipe with some minor modifications and it came out ?. Sharing it here!

Pork Sung Bun [Sourdough or Yeasted]

Pork Sung aka Pork Floss Buns are my all time favorite Chinese Bakery Bread. Savory with just a touch of sweetness and creaminess from the mayo— its just perfect ? Almost every time I visit a Chinese bakery with my parents when I was younger, I would get this. Costing only $0.75, it, with some…

Sourdough Discard Basic Soft Bread Rolls (Tangzhong)

This is the sourdough version of the Basic Soft Bread Rolls (Tangzhong) that I posted earlier. Leverage this bread recipe to make stuffed breads like Anpan and Char Siu Bao or simply, hamburger buns! Tips & Recommendations for a successful bake: If you are using sourdough discard, make sure you are using discard from an…

Baked Ube Bun [Sourdough or Yeasted]

Soft and fluffy asian sweet bread stuffed with sweet and nutty ube paste. Naturally leavened or yeasted, you’re choice! Just follow the or recipe instructions. The main difference is the leavening agent being used and rest time. Tips & Recommendations for a successful bake: Do not skip the egg wash. It makes the buns nice…

Sourdough Neapolitan Pizza Dough

I have been working on perfecting my Neapolitan Pizza Doughs for about 8 months now– first with a long ferment yeasted dough and most recently, this sourdough version. There was a little set back after moving apartments and having to deal with a new kitchen and (unfortunately, a subpar) oven. I am very happy to…

Overnight Sourdough Cream Cheese Stuffed Bagel Bites

Growing up in New York, I was spoiled by the abundance of delis selling amazing bagels. It was not until I moved away did I realize, with dismay, the lack of quality bagels (and pizza for that matter!) in other areas. Although I still can’t get my hands on New York bagels, making bagels at…

Almond Cookies

This is my version of the traditional Chinese almond cookies. It is crumblier, subtly sweet, milkier and coarser in texture due to the higher percentage of almond flour. Almond cookies, I’m almost positive, are my mom’s favorite cookies. When I was younger, my parents would buy a large plastic container of almond cookies that are…

Basic Soft Bread Rolls (Tangzhong)

Soft and fluffy bread rolls. Don’t mistake them for milk bread which is the sweeter and more delicate cousin. These bread rolls have substance and can stand up to heavier fillings like char siu and curry, making them the perfect base for your customizations. One of my favorite ways to use them? As burger buns!…

Sourdough Discard Cornbread Crisps

Several times a year I am hit with a sudden craving for cornbread. That simple, sweet, crumbly and moist cornbread. And I would dish out the loaf pan and, reluctantly, make a whole loaf… for one (or occasionally for two). I’ll do a decent amount of damage– getting about half way through the loaf before…

Sourdough Discard Pretzel Crisps

I love pretzels. There is just something about that baking soda/lye flavor that is so special. My favorite kind of pretzels is the German-style soft pretzels. I made Sourdough Discard Bavarian Pretzels back in December, and those barely lasted a day (and I made 6!). Tied in second is a pretzel-croissant hybrid, called Laugenecken and…

Sourdough Discard Popovers

I discovered popovers back in college at a restaurant called Judie’s. They came as a side to many of the dishes on the menu. I remembered when the servers came out with the plates of food, the popovers were so giant they took up an entire plate! I was had no idea what these puffed…

Kinako Black Sesame Shortbread Cookies

When you imagine the perfect biscuits/cookies to serve with tea, what kind of biscuits do you think of? I think of Walkers Shortbread. They are really quite magical. They are buttery, crumbly and have the perfect blend of sweetness and saltiness. All that makes them so so addictive that you can’t just have one. And…

Brown Sugar Boba Milk Tea Mochi Bars

Check out the remake: 2 Layer Brown Sugar Boba Milk Tea Mochi Bars! These tea infused brown sugar boba mochi bars are milky, sweet, chewy and fun– they’re easy to make and are sure to delight. They are gluten free and by swapping out the milk for milk alternative, you can make them vegan! The…

Sourdough Discard Garlic Crackers

I’ve been on a cracker/crisp kick lately. I’m a textural eater, so I hold crispy things (chips, crackers, toasted bread) closely to to the heart. I have an endless supply of sourdough discard and need to find something to do with them. I also enjoy quick and easy and yummy recipes. Crackers falls into all…

Rustic Overnight Sourdough Bread Rolls

I cannot resist fresh out of the oven bread. My mouth just waters thinking about breaking into the crisp crust, inhaling its sweet, nutty and roasty aroma, and that steamy, soft & fluffy interior. And having that fresh in the morning with a cup of steamy coffee? Theres very few things in the world as…

Keto Almond Crackers

It seems like every time I talk to someone, they or someone they know have gone on Keto. It’s like that vegan wave a few years ago. Funny how complete opposites these two trends are. Although I am not on Keto (nor do I think I will ever– I love carbs WAY too much, plus…

Overnight Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

As the parent of a sourdough starter, I can’t help but try to make everything sourdough– everything. I often plan my day around my sourdough bakes. But having the patience to make sourdough stuff doesn’t mean that I am not lazy– I am always looking for ways to optimize baking and my time as long…

Easy Overnight Sourdough Focaccia

Look at them holes, isn’t it majestic? I enjoyed the simplicity of un-enriched breads and baguettes so focaccia doesn’t come to the top of mind. I’ve mostly had them at Italian restaurants where they bring them out as a complementary side; there is only a handful of times where I seek out and bought one….

Sourdough Discard Cheese Crackers

Cheez-Its on steroids. These quick & easy cheese crackers, made from sourdough discard, are the ultimate crunchy cheesy snack. Its jammed packed with cheesy goodness and has a good kick– thanks to the addition of some cayenne peppers. Try making them with any type of solid cheese. I love cheddar and white cheddar but I…

Soft & Chewy Sugar Cookies

Simple puffy, soft & chewy sugar cookies. Sour cream or greek yogurt:I sometimes I crave sugar cookies that are more substantial– like puffy, soft, and almost scone like. Adding sour cream or greek yogurt introduces an acidic element to the mix which will react with the baking soda creating extra leavening and height. It also add moisture…

Sourdough Discard Bavarian Pretzels

A good Bavarian/German pretzel just hits the spot. I can eat them forever, plain, just like a good loaf of bread. Most traditional German pretzel recipe calls for lye, but that is too intimidating for me knowing how clumsy I am. This small batch sourdough discard pretzel recipe uses a baking soda bath instead– similar…

Quick & Easy Lemon Bars

I like lemon bars a lot, but I have always been afraid to make them. I think it’s the whole using an egg to make the custard filling thing. I have always shy-ed away from stuff of that nature (pastry cream, custard etc). But lemon bars requires none of that and are surprisingly easy! I…

Easy Overnight Sourdough Sandwich Bread

Not everything sourdough have to be time intensive and involved. This overnight sourdough sandwich bread will only require 30 minutes of your time to prep! 15 minutes to mix all the ingredients together and knead and another 15 minutes post first rise to shape the dough! Give it a try and let me know what…

Sourdough Discard Butter Pie Crust

Pie crust is so versatile. You can use it as crust for bars, tarts or quiche, sprinkle with sugar and bake it up into a buttery sweet biscuit cookie, or grate on cheese, cut into strips and twist it for the lightest, flakiest cheese sticks. The possibilities are endless! Not only that, it is a…

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Are you love chocolate? Does your mouth start watering when you see brownies? Then you’ll adore these ultra decadent and fudgey chocolate crinkle cookies! Small batch, because they are decadent and moderation is key in everything in life ;). Want more cookie recipes? Check out these posts! Almond Cookies Vegan Dark Chocolate Marzipan Cookies Kinako…

Honey Cornbread

I love corn bread. The sweet kind– not that jalapeno cheddar stuff that some places make. I just absolutely love the texture of it. If I have a choice of muffin, I would grab a corn muffin (followed by those fat blueberry muffins with tons of coarse sugar on top). There are just not enough…

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

When you hit your late 20s, you have to have a go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe. Period. You can’t get that store brought crap, with your diminishing metabolism, that stuff just ain’t worth the calories! And you can’t be spending close to $4 at a bakery either because you are older and are responsible with…

Dutch Baby

Switch up your typical pancakes and waffles brunch (because does anyone still even eat or have the time for breakfast these days?) with these delightfully fluffy Dutch babies! Similar to popovers and Yorkshire pudding, you can build them up sweet or savory. What is my favorite way to eat them? With butter! Or if I’m…

Honey Oat White Bread

Growing up, honey oat was my favorite sliced sandwich bread so naturally it is one of the first few types of bread I made. I leveraged the honey oat bread recipe from My Cooking Spot and made some tweaks along the way to fit my preferences. Here is my version of the Honey Oat Sandwich…

No-Knead Artisan Bread

This stupid simple, foul proof, overnight, no-knead bread is so hassle-free that it’s been my go-to artisan bread recipe for several years. I highly recommend it for anyone new to bread making– its almost criminal how good the bread is considering how easy and uninvolved it is. People might even ask you what hydration it…