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…

Sourdough Discard Raisin Biscuit Crackers

The excess of raisins in the apartment led me thinking about about raisin biscuits, also known as sultanas, a buttery fruit cracker snack from my childhood. It closely resembles pie crust with raisins sandwiched between and rolled in sugar. Crawford’s is the well known brand, and I can’t recall if that was the brand I…

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…

Quick & Easy Microwave Honey Sesame Mochi

This sweet, nutty and chewy Honey Sesame Mochi is inspired by the sesame brittles I’ve eaten so much in my childhood. It requires just 4 simple ingredients and comes together under 5 minutes! All you need is a microwave safe bowl, glutinous rice flour, water, honey, sesame seeds and a microwave. If you have tried…

2 Layer Brown Sugar Boba Milk Tea Mochi Bars

A remake of the OG Brown Sugar Boba Milk Tea Bars. These 2 layer tea infused brown sugar boba mochi bars are milky, sweet, chewy and fun. The bottom layer you have brown sugar boba dispersed in a jasmine green milk tea flavored mochi. The top layer is a classic sweet milk mochi. They are…

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…

Toasted Milk Mantou (Steamed Buns)

I saw Ruth Tam toast milk powder in her instagram story and right then and there I could already smell and taste its genius. I have been making some simple sourdough milk mantou the past two days and I thought I would continue the mantou making streak by making a toasted ultra milky version. This…

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…

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…

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,…

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!

Warabimochi with Tapioca Flour

When I was walking through downtown Arashiyama around this time two years ago, I remember seeing many food carts and storefronts selling cubed up mochi dusted in matcha and kinako. I was surprise at how soft, light and jelly-like they were. The mochi I have known growing up has always been a bit denser and…

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…

Quick & Easy Microwave Mochi

Satisfy your sweet tooth in minutes with this Quick & Easy Microwave Mochi recipe! The mochi is ready in about 5 minutes– from raw ingredients to a soft chewy treat that you can pop in your moth. My favorite way to eat mochi is rather simple: mochi dough cut into bite size cubes and dusted…

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…

Nian Gao (Chinese New Year Rice Cake)

Growing up, nian gao is a common sight in my household around Chinese New Years. We eat it steamed or pan fried– my favorite is freshly steamed because its warm, superrr soft and chewy. Frying creates a more complex texture, flavor and almost makes it sweeter with the caramelization of the sugars on the outside…

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…

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…

Air Fryer Sourdough Cinnamon Brown Sugar Bagels

Instructions/Notes available for: Air fryer cooking method& oven cooking method, vegan version, sourdough discard version, active sourdough version, or no sourdough version — Happy National Bagel Day! Apparently, January 15 2021 is National Bagel Day. Who knew? I sure didn’t– I found out this morning and I just HAD to make bagels in honor of…

Sourdough Espresso Mantou (Steamed Bun)

A sourdough twist on the traditional Chinese steamed milk buns (mantou). I really like sourdough in flavored steamed buns– especially for flavors like coffee, which has an acidic profile. It compliments the light tang of the sourdough really well. To a point this may even work well as a long ferment/overnight dough (using maybe only…

Black Sesame Bao & Mantou (Steamed Bun)

Mantou: Steamed bunBao: Stuffed steamed buns Growing up, we always had at least 3 different types of steamed buns stocked in the freezer at any given time. They’re such a quick and filling snack– although it is best steamed, there have been many occasions where I have blitz one up in the microwave (it’s never…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Dalgona Coffee

This coffee beverage was all the rave in 2020! I can’t pin point who or where exactly I first heard of it from, but its most likely through instagram or from friends. I’m sure you can find recipes like this all over the internet! I didn’t create this recipe, but I do make it pretty…