Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mixed Fruits Jelly Cake (櫻花雜果大菜糕):



Spring is finally here!  I hope you’re enjoying the warmer weather of the season like I do.  Today, I’ve a whimsical and super fun recipe prepared for you to welcome Spring!  Check out this Mixed Fruit Jelly Cake (櫻花雜果大菜糕) recipe.  It’s gorgeous, refreshing, and definitely a perfect treat for your tea party or any typical afternoon tea!  It’s gorgeous enough for gatherings and simple enough to prepare even on a weekday!

Mixed Fruit Jelly Cake (櫻花雜果大菜糕)   http://uTry.it

This is a 2-layers dessert, the bottom layer is a Sakura (Cherry Blossom) milk jelly layer.  I used Sakura paste to flavor this layer and enhanced the color with my homemade beet root natural food coloring.  I’ll list the ingredients and link to the beet root color recipe at the end of the post for your convenience.  In this recipe, I used some milk in the Sakura layer.  You can substitute with soy milk or almond milk for a vegan version.

Mixed Fruit Jelly Cake (櫻花雜果大菜糕)   http://uTry.it

The top layer of this dessert is a simple clear jelly.  But before I added the jelly, I arranged some mixed fruits in between the 2 layers.  I used strawberries, blueberries, green grapes and tangerines for a variety of colors and flavors.  You can simply choose any fresh fruit that you enjoy. 

Mixed Fruit Jelly Cake (櫻花雜果大菜糕)   http://uTry.it

If you’ve already watched my video tutorial, you’ll see the Jelly cake mold that I used for this recipe.  It’s originally made for creating “sushi cake”!  Of course I couldn’t help but used it to make a dessert dish with this mold first! However, I think a sushi in cake form would be something different and just as refreshing and delicious too!  What do you think?  Interested to see a tutorial on that?  Simply leave me a message on this post to let me know and you might get your wish granted! 

Mixed Fruit Jelly Cake (櫻花雜果大菜糕)   http://uTry.it

I hope you enjoy today’s recipe and tutorial.  Thank you for reading and stay tuned for more fun and easy recipe next week!

Mixed Fruit Jelly Cake (櫻花雜果大菜糕)   http://uTry.it


Ingredients and Tools Used:
Jelly Cake Mold (Click here for more information)
Sakura Cherry Blossom An Paste
 (Click here for more information)

Agar-Agar Powder (Click here for more information)

Edible Gold Leaves (Click here for more information)






Friday, March 17, 2017

Easter Bunny Vanilla Bean Cupcakes



We’ve been enjoying the warmer weather of Spring here in Southern California.  Well, it’s actually more like Summer temperatures!  It’s nice to see some sunshine rather than rain storms for sure.  Today, I have a fun and adorable recipe to share with you to welcome Spring!  Check out these Easter Bunny Vanilla Bean Cupcakes!  Yes, they sure are perfect for the Easter celebrations as well.

Easter Bunny Vanilla Bean Cupcakes  http://uTry.it

Check out my video tutorial above if you haven’t done so.  I’ll walk you through, step-by-step, on how to make these cuties, including the Bunny Butt White Chocolate decorations on top of these cupcakes.   They are filled with Oreo cookie crumbs inside!  Just the white chocolate alone makes a delicious treat.

Easter Bunny Vanilla Bean Cupcakes  http://uTry.it

The base is a Vanilla Bean Cupcake that I made from scratch.  These cupcakes are surprisingly easy to prepare and they turned out fluffy, light, and moist!  Best of all, this recipe makes exactly 12 cupcakes!  You can easily double or triple the recipe if you’re making them for a party. 

Easter Bunny Vanilla Bean Cupcakes  http://uTry.it

These cupcakes are topped with a Sweet Vanilla Bean Frosting.  I piped the frosting with a Wilton Grass piping tip to mimic the fluffy fur of the bunnies.  I’ll list the tools that I used at the end of the post for your reference.  If you have a sweet tooth, this is a wonderful smooth and sweet frosting that you’re going to love.  But if you prefer a not-too-sweet frosting, you can actually use my Swiss Meringue Vanilla Bean Buttercream recipe instead.  Click here to check out that recipe if you’re interested.

Easter Bunny Vanilla Bean Cupcakes  http://uTry.it

See how light and fluffy the cupcakes and frosting turned out!?  Each bite is packed with vanilla goodness.  You’ll be amazed by how combining a few simple ingredients can turn out to be something so scrumptious!

Easter Bunny Vanilla Bean Cupcakes  http://uTry.it

Here’s the inside look of the Oreo filled white chocolate bunny (see picture above).  As I said, it’s super cute and delicious on its own.  But they sure make the most adorable topper for these cupcakes.

Easter Bunny Vanilla Bean Cupcakes  http://uTry.it

I hope you enjoy today’s recipe and tutorial!  Stay tuned for more fun and festive recipe next week!

Easter Bunny Vanilla Bean Cupcakes  http://uTry.it


How to temper chocolate
http://goo.gl/xLE6kn


Ingredients and Tools Used:
Vanilla Bean Paste (Click here for more information)
Oreo Cookies (Click here for more information)
Kerrygold Butter (Click here for more information)
White Chocolate Chips (Click here for more information)
Cake Flour (Click here for more information)
Wilton Cupcake Pan (Click here for more information)
Bunny Butt Candy Mold (Click here for more information)
Easter Cupcake Liners and Picks Combo Kit (Click here for more information)
Heat Proof Measuring Cups (Click here for more information)
Measuring Spoons Set (Click here for more information)
Rolling Pin (Click here for more information)
Cooling Racks (Click here for more information)





Easter Bunny Vanilla Bean Cupcakes:
Makes 12 cupcakes

Ingredients for the Oreo Filled Bunny Butt White Chocolate:
6 ounces of white chocolate
6 Oreo Cookies, finely crushed
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1/2 teaspoon pink luster dust

To Prepare the Bunny Butt Chocolate:
Temper and melt the white chocolate (https://goo.gl/Tevin2). Fill the bunny candy mold with a teaspoon of melted chocolate. With the back of a spoon, spread the melted chocolate to coat the mold.

You only want a thin layer of chocolate, carefully spoon out any excess. Let it set at room temperature for a few minutes. Apply a second coating of chocolate into the cavities of the mold.

When chocolate is completely set. Fill each cavity with half a teaspoon of crusted Oreo. Top the Oreo with remaining white chocolate and let chocolate set completely. Invert the mold and the chocolate should come out easily.

In a small dish, mix the lemon extract and luster dust with a small cake decorating brush. Paint the paws of the bunny chocolate with the pink luster dust mixture. Store in air tight container until ready to use.

Ingredients for the Vanilla Cupcakes:
1 3/4 cups cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
a pinch of kosher salt
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon plain yogurt
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

To Prepare the Vanilla Cupcakes:
Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners.

In a large measuring cup, add milk, oil, butter, yogurt, egg, and vanilla bean paste. Whisk until well combined. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Turn mixer on low speed and mix for a minute to combine.

Add the milk mixture into the stand mixer in a slow and steady stream. Scrape the sides and bottle of the bowl and mix for another 20 seconds.

With a large ice cream scoop, fill each cupcake liner 3/4 of the way. Bake for 20-25 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cupcakes on a wire rack completely before frosting.

Ingredients for the Fluffy Vanilla Bean Frosting:12 tablespoons softened unsalted butter (room temperature)
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

To Prepare the Fluffy Vanilla Bean Frosting:
In a large bowl, sift powdered sugar and set aside.

In the stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the softened butter for 5 minutes until fluffy and pale.

Add half of the powdered sugar and whisk well. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add in the remaining half of the powdered sugar. Add milk and vanilla bean paste. Continue beating the frosting for another 5 minutes or until light, smooth, and fluffy.

To Assemble:
Place frosting into a large piping bag fitted with the Wilton #233 grass icing tip. Fill the pastry bag with frosting and pipe frosting onto the cooled cupcakes. Top with decorated bunny chocolate and bunny ears tooth picks. Enjoy!

Easter Bunny Vanilla Bean Cupcakes  http://uTry.it

Friday, March 10, 2017

Crispy Matcha Green Tea Waffles (香脆綠茶窩夫)



St. Patrick’s Day is only a week away!  Today, I want to share a fun and easy recipe with you.  Check out these Crispy Matcha Green Tea Waffles (香脆綠茶窩夫)!  I love the natural green hue from the matcha powder and the festive shape of the waffles!

Crispy Matcha Green Tea Waffles (香脆綠茶窩夫) for St. Patrick's Day  http://uTry.it

The waffle batter is quite simple to prepare.  Check out my video tutorial above if you haven’t done so.  The key to make a beautiful waffle is to use room temperature ingredients so that your batter will be nicely incorporated.  It’s okay to have a few small lumps in your batter.  Because if you over-mixed your batter, your waffles might turn out chewy, and there’s no way to fix it!

Crispy Matcha Green Tea Waffles (香脆綠茶窩夫) for St. Patrick's Day  http://uTry.it

You can serve these waffles for breakfast, snacks, or afternoon tea.  The green tea flavor in this particular recipe is not overly strong.  If you want a more pungent matcha aroma, you can add up to 1 tablespoon more of matcha powder in your batter.  I personally don’t want the matcha flavor to be too strong though, especially when I am also dusting additional matcha powder on top when I serve them.   No matter if you like the aroma light or strong, serving these waffles with the warm maple syrup is a must!  The slightly earthy flavor from maple syrup compliments the green tea aroma nicely.

Crispy Matcha Green Tea Waffles (香脆綠茶窩夫) for St. Patrick's Day  http://uTry.it

As you can see from my video, I recently order this waffle maker online.  The shape of the whole waffle reminds me of the shamrock. Alternatively, you can cut them into smaller heart shapes!   Best of all, the machine is easy to use and the waffles came out nice and crispy!  Check out the link at the end of this post to find out where to get yours!  What special treats are you making for St. Patrick’s Day?  Leave a comment below to let me know.  I can’t wait to hear from you! 

Crispy Matcha Green Tea Waffles (香脆綠茶窩夫) for St. Patrick's Day  http://uTry.it
 
 
 
 
Tools and Ingredients Used:


Heart Shape Waffle Maker (Click here for more information)
Heat Proof Spatula (Click here for more information)
Grapeseed Oil (Click here for more information)

Organic Vanilla Extract (Click here for more information)

Tapioca Flour (Click here for more information)

Matcha Powder (Click here for more information)
Baking Powder (Click here for more information)
Baking Soda (Click here for more information)
All-Purpose Flour (Click here for more information)



Friday, March 3, 2017

Coffee Jelly 咖啡啫喱



Have you ever tried Coffee (flavored) Jelly?  It’s a popular treat in Asia Countries, especially during the warmer seasons of Spring and Summer.  The very first time I had it was years ago when I traveled to Japan.  By following my video tutorial and recipe, you can easily make it at home now!  Much easier than flaying across the globe, isn’t it?  Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy travelling!

How to Make Coffee Jelly 咖啡果凍   http://uTry.it

This Coffee Jelly is a light and refreshing treat to prepare for parties and/or everyday enjoyment.  I like my homemade version because I can control the sweetness in my dessert and use the coffee beans that I love.  I usually like my coffee dark, strong, and with low acidity level.  After all these years of drinking coffee in the morning (probably the only way to really wake my mind up), I realized grinding the coffee beans right before brewing yields the best earthy and rich aroma from the beans.  If you’re not doing that yet, I really encourage you to invest in a coffee grinder and grind up the beans right before brewing!  It’s totally worth the time and efforts!

How to Make Coffee Jelly 咖啡果凍   http://uTry.it

 As always, I don’t like my dessert overly sweet.  Therefore, the sweetness in this Coffee Jelly recipe is only minimal.  If you prefer a sweeter taste, you can add a little bit more sugar to adjust it to your own preference.  Or even add a splash of agave before serving. 

How to Make Coffee Jelly 咖啡果凍   http://uTry.it

In today’s video tutorial (see the link above), I demonstrated 2 ways of serving this Coffee Jelly treat.  One is in the small individual serving glass, topped with freshly whipped cream, a coffee bean, and a spring of mint for garnish.  It’s gorgeous enough to serve for parties and gatherings, but extremely easy to prepare.  It’s such a delightful dessert that serves the duty of both after meal coffee and dessert at the same time!

How to Make Coffee Jelly 咖啡果凍   http://uTry.it

The second way to serve this Coffee Jelly is to chill the mixture in a container, cut it up into small cubes, and add a splash of evaporated milk to serve.  I personally prefer the later version because I always love a little creaminess in my coffee.  Notice the pinch of salt that I added in this recipe?  This will help balance the flavor and to offset the acidity in your coffee.  I hope you enjoy today’s recipe and tutorial.  Stay tuned for more fun a delicious recipe next week!


How to Make Coffee Jelly 咖啡果凍   http://uTry.it



Tools and Ingredients Used:
Horizon Organic Heavy Whipping Cream (Click here for more information)
Organic Vanilla Extract (Click here for more information)
Unflavored Gelatin (Click here for more information)

Pastry Decorating Tip Set
 (Click here for more information)

Pyrex 2 Quart Measuring Cup
 (Click here for more information)

Vanilla Bean Paste (Click here for more information)

Powdered Sugar
 (Click here for more information)

Glass Dish Set with Lids (Click here for more information)

Libbey Mini Glare Glass Set (Click here for more information)



Friday, February 24, 2017

Strawberry Milky Lollipop 士多啤梨牛奶棒棒糖



Have your kids started their Spring Break yet?  I know my kids couldn’t wait to have some time off from school.  They want to feel free and not have to worry about homework, exams, book reports, etc.  Today, I’ve a super fun and cute recipe for you to welcome Spring Break!  Check out these Strawberry Milky Lollipops!  Aren’t they the cutest things you’ve seen lately?  Best of all, they are really yummy as well.

Strawberry Milky Lollipop 士多啤梨牛奶棒棒糖  http://uTry.it

I made these Strawberry Milky Lollipop over the weekend with my Baby Girl.  If you’re looking for some fun activities to do with your kids on their days off, this recipe would be a fun and delicious project.  These lollipops are also a perfect treat if you’re planning a kids party as well.

Strawberry Milky Lollipop 士多啤梨牛奶棒棒糖  http://uTry.it

The flavors of these homemade Strawberry Milky Lollipops remind me of these Strawberry and Cream lollipops that I loved when I was young.  Better yet, my homemade version is made with real strawberries and no artificial flavors or coloring.  Since there are only a few ingredients in these lollipop candies, the strawberry flavor truly comes through. 

Strawberry Milky Lollipop 士多啤梨牛奶棒棒糖  http://uTry.it

If you haven’t done so, be sure to check out my video tutorial at the top of this post on how to make these cuties!  I’ll show you step by step on how to make the traditional lollipop shapes and the strawberry shaped ones as well.

Strawberry Milky Lollipop 士多啤梨牛奶棒棒糖  http://uTry.it

An alternate to shaping the lollipop is to cut the rolled candy into tiny dots (as shown in the picture above.)  I personally prefer these smaller ones as they are perfect for 'portion control!'  I’ll list all the ingredients and tools used in this recipe at the end of the post for your reference.

Strawberry Milky Lollipop 士多啤梨牛奶棒棒糖  http://uTry.it

If you haven’t done so, please subscribe to my Youtube channel here.  That way, you won’t miss out on any future videos and you’ll be the first to know when I have a new tutorial published.  Thank you for stopping by and I wish you all a fun and sweet Spring Break!


Ingredients and Tools Used:
All Natural Beet Rool Coloring Tutorial: https://goo.gl/uWBS7D
Sweet Rice Flour (Click here for more information)
Organic Honey (Click here for more information)
Baking Sheets 
(Click here for more information)
Silpat 
(Click here for more information)
Unsalted Butter (Click here for more information)

Organic Sweetened Condensed Milk (Click here for more information)
Organic Vanilla Extract (Click here for more information)
Freeze Dried Strawberry (Click here for more information)
Lollipop Sticks (Click here for more information)
Infrared Thermometer (Click here for more information)