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

Caramel Stuffed Walnut and Pear Loaves

This recipe was born out of various ingredients I happened to have in my house. I bought a bunch of pears from a local farmer’s market weeks ago that I needed to eat or use somehow. I also made some caramel for a recipe test that unfortunately didn’t work so there was leftover. There wereRead more

Mango Raspberry Yogurt Tart

I am on a roll with summer fruit desserts. This post is dedicated to one of my favourite dessert fruits: the mighty mango (alliteration intended). I am no doubt a mango fan, my ideal birthday cake would be fresh mango cake with whipped cream, nothing fancy. It is really more about the nostalgia from my AsianRead more

Honey Glazed Brioche Hot Cross Buns

Spring is official! In less than two days it will be Good Friday, when hot cross buns are traditionally served. Though Easter is not a tradition in our house, I remember there were always chocolates around this time in spring. For me, it was about the food, the ham and all, however hot cross bunsRead more

Miso Sesame Shortbread Cookies

 So…I’ve decided to post another cookie recipe. This time it is going to be a short one, I just thought it would interesting to post this one just for fun. The recipe is a good balance between sweet, savoury, and even a bit of umami. I was coming up with some ideas for holiday cookiesRead more

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