Friday, February 17, 2017

Tonkatsu- Japanese Style Pork Cutlets (日式吉列豬扒):



Tonkatsu - Japanese Style Pork Cutlets (日式吉列豬扒) is one of my family’s favorite savory dish.  We used to order it a lot when we dine out.  The key word here is “used to”!  After trying my recipe at home, you can enjoy this dish at home whenever you feel like it! Why order out when you can make it tastier at home, right?

Tonkatsu- Japanese Style Pork Cutlets (日式吉列豬扒)   http://uTry.it

Tonkatsu is a pork cutlet that’s breaded with Japanese breadcrumbs (Panko) and deep-fried to golden brown perfection.  It’s quite irresistible because the flavor is wonderful.  The crust is super crispy and the pork chop inside is tender and juicy.  Instead of deep-frying the cutlets, I usually opt for a shallow fry as a healthier version.  If you haven’t watch my video tutorial, be sure to check it out because I’ll show you the tips and tricks on creating this amazingly crispy crust that stays put during the frying process.

Tonkatsu- Japanese Style Pork Cutlets (日式吉列豬扒)   http://uTry.it

To keep the pork chops juicy and tender, I used a half brining and half marinating method.  It’s important to let the pork chops to marinate overnight.  That way, they have a chance to absorb the moisture and flavors from the marinate.  You’ll be amazed by how juicy and tender your pork chops turn out!  Give this a try and you won’t be disappointed!  The list of ingredients for the marinate may seems quite long, but they are all pretty basic pantry ingredients for Asian cooking.  I’ll list the link of the products that I used at the end of the post for your reference.

Tonkatsu- Japanese Style Pork Cutlets (日式吉列豬扒)   http://uTry.it

I hope you enjoy today’s video and recipe.  Give it a try soon, I’m sure you and your family will love this dish as much as my family does!  Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Tonkatsu- Japanese Style Pork Cutlets (日式吉列豬扒)   http://uTry.it


Ingredients and Tools used: 
Homemade Orange Marmalade:
https://goo.gl/lRjIra
Tonkatsu Sauce (Click here for more information)
Light Soy Sauce
 (Click here for more information)
ShaoXing Cooking Wine (Click here for more information)
Sesame Oil
 (Click here for more information)
Grapeseed Oil
 (Click here for more information)
Chicken bouillon powder 
 (Click here for more information)
White pepper powder
 (Click here for more information)
Corn starch
 (Click here for more information)
Zojirushi Rice Cooker (Click here for more information)
Cooling Racks (Click here for more information)
Baking Sheets
 (Click here for more information)
Chicken Broth
 (Click here for more information)
White Pepper Powder
 (Click here for more information)
Japanese Panko Bread Crumbs
 (Click here for more information)
Heavy Duty Copper Pan (Click here for more information)

 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Individual Skillet Brownies with Vanilla Ice Cream – Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipe Idea



Valentine’s Day is only a few days away!  If you’re still searching for a dessert recipe for to celebrate this special day, you’ve come to the right place!  This quick and easy Individual Skillet Brownies with Vanilla Ice Cream recipe is all you ever needed!  It’s so decadent yet so easy to prepare that I make them all year round for my family! 

Individual Skillet Brownies with Vanilla Ice Cream – Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipe Idea  http://uTry.it

Have you ever came across the situation of everyone in your family fighting over the crispy edges of your fresh baked brownies?  I am just as guilty in leaving the soft center of the brownie all lonely!  Well, with this Individual Skillet Brownies recipe, your family will finally get to enjoy dessert in harmony, once again!

Individual Skillet Brownies with Vanilla Ice Cream – Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipe Idea  http://uTry.it

This individual cast iron skillet will produce the kind of crispy brownie edge that everyone loves!  The ratio of crispy edges to soft and tender center is just right.  Best of all, it’s a perfect size to share with your sweetheart, but I’m not going to judge if you decided to enjoy it all by yourself!  My kids can easily finish one whole skillet all on their own!  Trust me, when dessert this delicious, you might not want to share either!  I got these individual cast iron skillets online, and I’ve also seen them in specialty baking stores as well.  But they’re actually cheaper online.  I’ll share the link at the end of this post for your convenience.  

Individual Skillet Brownies with Vanilla Ice Cream – Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipe Idea  http://uTry.it

Imagine this, crispy and slight warm chocolate brownie topped with a scoop of cold and silky vanilla bean ice cream….each bite is heavenly!  It’s a delicious contrast of textures and temperatures!  It’s a feast for the eyes, as well as your palates!  I prepared this homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream the day before, but you can also use store bought premium quality vanilla bean ice cream as well.  I'll post the link to my vanilla ice cream video tutorial below, just in case you feel like making a batch from scratch!  

Individual Skillet Brownies with Vanilla Ice Cream – Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipe Idea  http://uTry.it

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy today’s tutorial and recipe.  I hope you’ll head to the kitchen soon to bake up a batch of brownie for your family and loved ones!  Wish you and yours a Happy Valentine’s Day!  Stay sweet!

Individual Skillet Brownies with Vanilla Ice Cream – Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipe Idea  http://uTry.it


Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Tutorial:
https://goo.gl/vnViTc

Ingredients and Tools Used:
 

3.5-inch Lodge Cast Iron Skillet (Click here for more information)
Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
 (Click here for more information)

Trader Joe’s Colombian Instant Coffee (Click here for more information)

Cooling Racks 
(Click here for more information)
Baking Sheets 
(Click here for more information)
Organic Vanilla Extract
 (Click here for more information)
Kitchen Whisk Set (Click here for more information)

Mixing Bowl Set 
(Click here for more information)

Measuring Cup Set
 (Click here for more information)

OXO 4-Piece Mini Measuring Beaker Set 
(Click here for more information)

OXO Measuring Spoons Set
 (Click here for more information)

Silicone Spatula for Folding Ingredients 
(Click here for more information)

Horizon Organic Heavy Whipping Cream
 (Click here for more information)
Pastry Decorating Tip Set 
(Click here for more information)



Friday, February 3, 2017

“Surprise Inside” Chocolate Bundt Cake With Strawberry Glaze - Valentine’s Day Dessert




Do you like surprises?  I think it’s a lot of fun and quite exciting to get a pleasant surprise from family and loved ones.  This Valentine’s Day, why not give your significant other a sweet surprise?  Let me present to you this gorgeous and delicious “Surprise Inside” Chocolate Bundt Cake With Strawberry Glaze! 

“Surprise Inside” Chocolate Bundt Cake With Strawberry Glaze -  Valentine’s Day Dessert   http://uTry.it

I’m not sure why, but chocolate and strawberries always make me think of Valentine’s Day!  In my humble opinion, I think they compliment each other really well.  To me, they are both romantic and sexy ingredients!  So, why not combine the two together for Valentine’s Day desserts, right? 

“Surprise Inside” Chocolate Bundt Cake With Strawberry Glaze -  Valentine’s Day Dessert   http://uTry.it

Check out my video tutorial above and I’ll walk you through step-by-step on how to make this amazing cake.  First, I started working on the “surprise” part of the cake, which consists of 2 sheets of strawberry cakes.  I added my homemade beet root natural food coloring to (try to) turn the cake pink.  However, the pink hue slightly faded after the first round of baking.  And the coloring mysteriously disappeared completely after the 2nd round of baking inside the bundt cake!  Oh well!  So, you might want to add more coloring than I did.  I’ll post the details and suggestions in the recipe below for your reference.

“Surprise Inside” Chocolate Bundt Cake With Strawberry Glaze -  Valentine’s Day Dessert   http://uTry.it

Even though the heart shaped cake inside didn’t stay pink as I intended it to be, it’s still a gorgeous and stunning cake to serve and enjoy.  And it’s really a surprise when you slice into the cake to reveal the heart shape inside!  Just keep in mind that when you add the heart shaped cake into the bundt pan, make sure to put it up-side down as it’ll be the right direction after you flip the bundt cake over.    

“Surprise Inside” Chocolate Bundt Cake With Strawberry Glaze -  Valentine’s Day Dessert   http://uTry.it

This chocolate bundt cake is rich in chocolate flavor and really moist!  I’m using my favorite Valrhona cocoa powder in the cake batter.  I’ve tried so many different brands of cocoa powder in the past, but seriously, Valrhona is the best!  In case if you’re wondering, no, this is NOT a sponsored post.  I just love this product and wanted to share with you.  So you don’t have to waste your hard-earned money on ingredients that don’t work as great!  I’ll list the ingredients below this post for your convenience.  The fresh strawberry glaze on top of this cake is really refreshing and delightful.  As I said, chocolate and strawberry really compliment each other well.

“Surprise Inside” Chocolate Bundt Cake With Strawberry Glaze -  Valentine’s Day Dessert   http://uTry.it

I hope you’ll try out this recipe and make this “Surprise Inside” Chocolate Bundt Cake for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day!  Stay tuned for more fun and yummy recipe!  Have a wonderful weekend ahead!


Ingredients and Tools used:
10-Inch Ribbon Cake Stand (Click her for more information)
Nordic Ware Bundt Pan (
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10X15 Baking pan (
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Organic Heavy Cream (
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KitchenAid Stand Mixer (
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Heart Shape Cookie Cutter (Click here for more information)
Cake/Pie Server (
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Small Forks for Dessert (
See similar product here)
Valrhona Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (
Click here for more information)
Freeze Dried Strawberries (
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Cream of Tartar (Click here for more information)
Cake Flour (Click here for more information)
Organic Vanilla Extract (Click here for more information)
Kerrygold Butter (Click here for more information)

Cooling Rack (
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Silicone Spatula for Folding Ingredients (Click here for more information)



Saturday, January 28, 2017

Classic Tiramisù – For Valentine’s Day



Have you check out my last blog post and video on how to make the parchment pastry bag and white chocolate decorations?  If not, click here to check it out!  I’m very excited to share today’s recipe with you.  It’s one of our family’s all time favorite dessert: Classic Tiramisù!

Classic Tiramisù – For Valentine’s Day  http://uTry.it

Tiramisù is an Italian (no-bake and layered) dessert usually made with ladyfingers, espresso, rum, egg yolks, mascarpone cheese, and cocoa powder, etc.  Check out my video tutorial and you’ll see how easy it is to prepare.  If you have concern consuming raw egg yolks, you may use pasteurized egg yolks instead.  You can find them in most major supermarkets in the States.  This Tiramisù is packed with wonderful espresso and chocolate flavors, along with a hint of rum.  We love this dessert because it’s not too sweet and has the right balance of flavors. 

Classic Tiramisù – For Valentine’s Day  http://uTry.it

Tiramisù means “pick me up” in Italian.  Why?  Because it’s texture is tender, soft, and fluffy.  The mascarpone cream in between the layers is silky smooth and melts in your mouth.  To ensure your cake will have the right texture, you need to start with the right ladyfingers.  Make sure to use the crispy one from Italy and not the soft, cake-y one from the U.S.! 

Classic Tiramisù – For Valentine’s Day  http://uTry.it

Also, be sure to check out my video tutorial on the “dipping time”.  Last but not least, after assembling the cake, let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours before serving!  I usually leave it in the fridge overnight.  That way, the ladyfingers will have enough time to soften and soak in all the flavors from the other ingredients.  Trust me, your patient will be rewarded! 

Classic Tiramisù – For Valentine’s Day  http://uTry.it

I’ll list all the ingredients and tools used below for your convenience!  I hope you’ll try out this recipe and share with your loved ones.  Stay tuned for more fun and sweet recipes.  Stay sweet!

Classic Tiramisù – For Valentine’s Day  http://uTry.it


Tools and Ingredients Used:

Ladyfingers
(Click here for more information)
Valrhona Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (
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Mascarpone Cheese (
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Heavy Cream (
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9 x 13-inch Glass Baking Dish with Lid (
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Stand Mixer (
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Stainless Steel Spatula for Serving (
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Silicone Spatula for Folding Ingredients (
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Mixing Bowl Set (
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Small Sift for Dusting (
Click here for more information)
 

Friday, January 27, 2017

How to Make Parchment Pastry Bag – for Cake Decorations



In just a few short weeks, it’ll be Valentine’s Day.  Do you and your sweetheart celebrate?  I usually make a special dinner and dessert at home to celebrate.  If you will be preparing a special dessert at home, I have a wonderful recipe for you coming very soon on the blog soon.  You’ve guessed it right, it’s the Classic Tiramisù that you see in the pictures below.  But before that, I wanted to show you how to make the white chocolate decorations on top first!

How to Make Parchment Pastry Bag – for Cake Decorations  http://uTry.it

Instead of using a regular pastry bag to pipe the chocolate decorations, a smaller one that’s made with parchment paper would be a better option in this case.  That way, you can use just a small amount of melted chocolate or icing instead of a big batch.  Besides, you can also cut out the size of the tip to tailor to your needs.  Remember! The bigger the cut, the thicker the line/drawing it will be for your decorations.  I’ll also post the link below on how to temper chocolate for your reference.   

How to Make Parchment Pastry Bag – for Cake Decorations  http://uTry.it

If you haven’t done so, be sure to check out the video tutorial above to see how to make the pastry bag.  It’s the perfect decorating tool for cakes and treats.  I hope you enjoy today’s quick video tutorial.  Stay tuned for the Tiramisù recipe soon. 

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How to Make Parchment Pastry Bag – for Cake Decorations  http://uTry.itq




Tools and Ingredients Used:

Parchment Pastry Bag (Click here for more Information)

White chocolate (Click here for more information)

Pink Pearl Dust (Click here for more information)


Click here to read more about tempering chocolate:
https://goo.gl/adYD17