Sesame Caramel Kinako Butterscotch Bars

I am continuing my quest to incorporate Asian ingredients in my baking after the azuki brioche rolls. I think Asia is calling me for a visit. The not-so-secret ingredient of this post is…black sesame. These unassuming tiny black seeds are packed with a pungent nutty flavor when toasted. The most flavorful ones I’ve had isRead more

Salty White Chocolate Hazelnut Blueberry Cookies

I think the first time I baked a chocolate chip cookie was when I was in elementary school. I probably baked the recipe behind the Hershey’s Chipits package. I thought it tasted amazing the first time I had it fresh. But I always wondered how they make cookies chewy, you know, the big mass-produced ones sometimes foundRead more

Browned Butter Chinese Walnut Cookies

The Chinese walnut cookie (he.tao.su / hap.to.so) is my favourite traditional Chinese cookie. This Chinese New Year I am in search of the perfect recipe. When I was doing research, I realized that this might be the most popular cookie in all of China. According to a story I read, it originated in Jingdezhen, in the Jiangxi province, the ceramics capital ofRead more

Cookies for Santa – one recipe, three ways

Growing up in an Chinese family, we’ve never prepared for Santa’s big arrival every year. Not until moving to Canada that I learned about Santa, cookies, milk, gifts, and chimneys. Well, there’s a first time for everything, right? Baking can sometimes be therapeutic, just need to enjoy the process and its delicious outcome. When I feelRead more

Salted Brownie Ice-cream Sandwich Bites

If time allows, I love making ice-cream at home. The process is not at all difficult, but time is an important ingredient. However, having an ice-cream maker will make your life much easier. I usually make a good old vanilla ice-cream so I can serve it with summer fruit pies or crisps. The taste ofRead more

Toasted Buckwheat and Chopped Chocolate Sablés

I remember the first cookbook I bought – I was a teenager on a summer vacation in Hong Kong. Browsing in a bookstore, I picked up a Chinese pastries cookbook. In fact, I still have that book, sometimes I’d make the steamed buns recipe. That was how my love for cookbooks started, my collection continues multiply, especiallyRead more

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