Charcoal Sesame Mooncakes, Matcha Red bean Mooncakes and Five nut Mooncakes (Recipe)

I’ve made at least 500 mooncakes in my life but have never gotten down to writing a recipe. Rather than keeping to the traditional mooncakes, I’ve attempted to deviate slightly off course to create these more colourful ones. This recipe should be easy for even an amateur baker but here are some hopefully helpful mooncakeContinue reading “Charcoal Sesame Mooncakes, Matcha Red bean Mooncakes and Five nut Mooncakes (Recipe)”

Matcha Opera Cake (Recipe)

Making entremets is addictive. They are easy, satisfying but tedious unless you spread the process across multiple days which you should. Are these technically opera cakes? By the strictest of definitions I guess not. Blame my love for Praliné feuilletine. I’ve never met a person who doesn’t love it. Making two layers of this makesContinue reading “Matcha Opera Cake (Recipe)”

Sourdough Discard Matcha Liege Waffles (Recipe)

Liege waffles are my favourite kind and I used to get 2 at Yamazaki every time I passed by. These are made with sourdough discard. I freeze all my discard in the fridge, some made from rye and some from bread flour. I find that freezing prevents them from souring. Feel free to add inContinue reading “Sourdough Discard Matcha Liege Waffles (Recipe)”

Vegan Pecan Pie with Press-in Sourdough Discard Crust (Recipe)

Pecan pie is one particularly expensive pie to make where I live. Procuring 250g of this nut cost me $8.50 from the cheapest source I could find. The crust is a press in oil-based sourdough discard crust. I didn’t expect it to be flaky at all but it was and quite delicious as well. NoteContinue reading “Vegan Pecan Pie with Press-in Sourdough Discard Crust (Recipe)”

Pailleté Feuilletine (Recipe)

Buttery, sweet and crispy feuilletine cost a fortune even at baking supply stores. Here, I’m making them at a fraction of the cost. I’ve never had them in unbroken pieces and boy did these taste good. First, you melt the butter in a metal bowl over a saucepan with simmering water (double boiling). Add theContinue reading “Pailleté Feuilletine (Recipe)”

Sourdough Ox-Tongue Pastry 牛舌饼 (Recipe)

Most people know Taiwan for its Sun pastry (太阳饼) and Pineapple pastry. Those are unquestionably delicious. But my all-time favourite has to be the Ox-Tongue pastry (牛舌饼). It isn’t as well known perhaps because it feels more like breakfast than a snack but for me it’s everything. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, supper… why not? UnlikeContinue reading “Sourdough Ox-Tongue Pastry 牛舌饼 (Recipe)”

Sourdough Discard Scallion Layered Pancake (Recipe)

Scallion pancakes are a common street food in Taiwan and China. The layering, fragrant oil and an almost ridiculous amount of chopped scallions make it a simple but well-appreciated delicious meal on its own. The Taiwanese tend to roll the dough out thinner while the Chinese prefer a thicker dough. I think both taste great.Continue reading “Sourdough Discard Scallion Layered Pancake (Recipe)”

Matcha/ Cocoa Spiral Mooncakes with Red bean/ Sesame Mochi Filling (Recipe)

I was on a mooncake-baking frenzy for the last couple of weeks. This particular kind of mooncake is my mom’s favorite pastry. She favors Chinese pastries over the Western ones and she has been craving these for a couple months now so I decided to get over my fear of baking flaky pastries and jumpContinue reading “Matcha/ Cocoa Spiral Mooncakes with Red bean/ Sesame Mochi Filling (Recipe)”

Decadent Milo Layer Cake (Recipe)

This cake is moist, crumbly and decadent. Its milo flavoured, which really means malted chocolate flavoured. For the text version of the recipe, click here.

Pierre Herme’s Cheesecake, Blueberryfied (Recipe)

In the past year, I decided to challenge myself in baking. Put aside all fear of failure. Step out of the basics. Venture into the world of gourmet desserts. Because that’s what “growing” and “learning” is supposed to be. Doing what you’ve never done before.