Lemon Poppy Seed Bostock

I love combining North American classics with French pastries! Bostock is simply a slice of brioche dipped in orange-scented syrup and baked with a layer of almond cream and sliced almonds on top. The sweet and cake-like bread with a nutty and crunchy almond topping is a bite of heaven. I love baking with citrus,Read more

Peanut Butter and Jelly Croissants

I make double-baked almond croissants at work everyday, they are one of the bakery’s best sellers. They are a staple of a French bakery, just like a regular croissant. The first time I had an almond croissant, it was like a revelation. A buttery croissant filled with a cake-like almond filling, topped with crunchy almondsRead more

Vanilla Rhubarb Mille-Feuille

I am enjoying the abundance of spring/summer fruits and vegetables, love this time of the year. It is  rhubarb season! Rhubarb is a wonderful ingredient often paired with strawberries or other fruits in desserts, but is not really a “fruit”. It is the extremely sour leaf stalks of a large perennial herb Rheum rhubarbarum. Its leaves are considered poisonous because of itsRead more

S’mores Éclairs – The S’mores Cookbook

S’mores is many people’s childhood favourite. They remind me summer family BBQ’s, because someone will always bring giant marshmallows to roasted at the end. I still remember the first time I had a roasted marshmallow, I thought it was the best caramelized sweet I’ve ever tasted. S’mores was the best part the BBQ, nothing canRead more

Chinese Sesame Cookie Balls

It’s Chinese New Year soon! Nothing is better than homemade deep fried goodies and one of my favourites is the deep fried sesame cookie balls. Its name is “kai kou xiao” in Mandarin pinyin, meaning “laughing mouth”. Being brought up in a Cantonese family I’ve learnt that they are called “siu hau jo” in CantoneseRead more

Mid-Autumn Festival: My Mooncake-making Ritual

Mid-Autumn festival is tomorrow. I actually don’t know much about the Chinese lunar calendar but I know it is ridiculously accurate in weather prediction. Almost always after the mid-autumn festival, the weather will start to cool. The festival is a celebration of harvest, full moon and getting together with your family and EAT of course.Read more

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