Vegan Chocolate Blizzard Milkshake

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Whoa. Who knew that this milkshake would taste better than the milkshake you get at Dairy Queen?? Plus, it is completely guilt-free! Need something sweet to tame your chocolate cravings? Say no more. This recipe is just for you! (you may want to use Almond Butter or Cookie Butter if you are allergic to peanuts).

Also, if you want to see visuals on how to make this recipe, go check out my Youtube channel here.

Chocolate Blizzard Milkshake

Ingredients:

  • 2 frozen ripe bananas, chopped prior to freezing
  • 2 heaping Tbsp cocoa OR cacao powder
  • 1 heaping Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk
  • dash of stevia or agave nectar (depending on sweetness of bananas)
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 vegan brownie, crumbled

Directions:
1. Place all ingredients EXCEPT brownies in a blender and blend until smooth.
2. If you prefer a sweeter shake, add more stevia or agave. If you prefer it thinner, add less ice OR more almond milk.
3. Divide between two serving glasses and layer with brownie crumbles. Serve immediately or freeze, covered for later.

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Japanese Dorayaki Cake

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This traditional hot cake is very common in asian culture. The filling inside is asias staple ingredient that they often use in many asian cuisines and desserts. The paste is made out of Azuki (red bean) and sugar, which are both boiled and mashed together (varies in texture). If you want a smoother and creamier texture, the husks of the beans can be removed before adding in the sugar or honey. If not, you can also mash the sweetened red bean and add additional unmashed red bean to add texture.IMG_0911

A fast and easy way to whip up and make a simple sandwich cake in just 30 minutes (because you have to let the batter sit for a while)! Similar to a pancake, however, it is fluffier, sweeter, softer, and thicker than a regular pancake. It is crutial to make sure that you wipe off any excess oil off of the pan before you pour in your batter. Or else you will get lots of spots in your dorayaki cake. IMG_0913

 

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Japanese Dorayaki Cake

  • Servings: about 8 to 9 dorayaki sandwich cakes
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Ingredients

  • 4 whole eggs (55g eggs)
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 160g cake/pastry flour (any low-gluten flour, but regular all-purpose/plain flour works well too!)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda, for softer and fluffier textures (optional)
  • 2-3 tbsp water (adjust according to batter consistency)
  • Cooking oil for greasing, preferably light-coloured and flavourless

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add whole eggs, sugar, honey and whisk until the mixture is all bubbly and slightly pale.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder together with baking soda (if using) and carefully mix into the wet ingredient mixture in 2-3 additions. Stir until all the ingredients are just incorporated and there are no flour lumps. Do not overmix the batter to prevent working up the gluten.
  3. Check the consistency of the batter and add water to adjust accordingly. It should be reasonably thick and definitely not runny. Cover mixing bowl with a teatowel or plate and leave to sit for 30 mins or so. This allows any large air bubbles trapped to be released and to relax any gluten worked up from the mixing process.
  4. Heat a flat and non-stick frying pan over medium-low flame and grease the pan very lightly with a light-coloured, flavourless cooking oil. Wipe off any excess oil with a kitchen paper napkin.
  5. Using a chinese soup spoon, drop a spoonful of batter onto the heated pan. Repeat procedure to make more pancakes in one batch but take note not to overcrowd the pan.
  6. Using a flat wooden or silicone heatproof spatula, flip the pancakes carefully when the bottom layer is cooked and could be dislodged easily. Cook the other side until it turns lightly brown and no longer sticky.
    Repeat the process until all the batter is completely used up. Place the cooked pancakes on a plate and cover them with a tea towel (I’d used the dome of my cake stand) to keep them moist.
  7. Match the pancakes according to size and fill one pancake by placing a spoonful dollop of tsubushi’an in the middle of it. Cover with the other pancake and gently press down to work the filling towards the edges.
    Repeat until all the pancakes are used up.
  8. Serve immediately. Can be left covered at room temperature for up to 2 days

Adapted from TravellingFoodies

Peaches n’ Cream Danish Pastry

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Dessert for breakfast? Yes please. Who would ever turn down that kind of offer? Not me of course haha. This danish bread came out perfectly golden brown and the warm aroma filled my house with the sweet smells of bread. The warm, soft, and delectable bread must be eaten after two days or else the danish will lose it’s soft and chewy texture. You are more than welcome to use any other kind of filling besides peach jam and cream cheese such as nutella, jellies, or something unique like sweet potato or anko (sweet red bean paste)

Peaches n' Cream Danish Pastry

  • Servings: makes two braided danish
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Ingredients:

For the Dough:

  • 1/4 cup (60ml) warm water, 105F-115F degrees
  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 standard package)
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk, at room temperature*
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 and 1/2 cups (315g) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 14 Tablespoons (210g) unsalted butter, cold

For the Filling:

  • 1/2 cup Jam of choice (i uded peach jam)
  • 8 oz  full-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the egg wash:

  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) milk

Directions:

  1. Whisk the yeast and warm water together in a large bowl. Allow to sit for 3 minutes until foamy. Add milk, egg, granulated sugar, and salt. Once these wet ingredients are mixed together, set the bowl aside and make your butter/flour mixture.
  2. Cut butter into 1/4 inch slices and add to a food processor or blender. Top with flour. Pulse the mixture 10-12 times, until butter is fairly crumbled.
  3. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients. Very gently fold the two mixtures together. Do not be angry with the dough! You want to be very, very, very gentle when you are folding the two together. Fold *just until* the dry ingredients are moistened. The butter must remain in pieces, which creates a flaky pastry. Turn the dough out onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Wrap the dough up tightly and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. After 4-12 hours, take the dough out of the refrigerator to begin the “rolling and folding” process. Flour a work surface. The dough will be sticky, so make sure you have flour nearby as you roll and fold. Using the palm of your hands, gently flatten the dough into a small square. From there, roll out into a 15 inch long rectangle using your rolling pin. You may have to continue to lightly flour the counter as you are rolling.
  5. Fold the dough together as if it were a business letter. And roll it out into a 15 inch long rectangle again. Then, fold again into a business letter. You’ll repeat rolling and folding 1 more time for a total of 3 times.
    Fold the dough up tightly, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 day.
  6. While the dough is chilling, make your cream cheese filling. In a medium bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and egg yolk together on medium speed until smooth. Add the sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla. Beat until smooth.  Set aside.
  7. After at least 30 minutes, take the dough from the refrigerator and cut it in half. Wrap 1 half up and keep chilled as you work with the first half. Roll out your dough to make a 12×6 inch rectangle. I rolled this dough out onto a floured work surface, but I suggest you roll it out onto a lined baking sheet. (Lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.) It is tough to transfer the braided dough from the counter to the baking sheet, unless you are very careful! Refer to the picture below.How-to-Make-Blueberries-Cream-Danish-Pastry-Braid
  8. Cut off two corners of the dough and then two small triangles at the other end. 
  9. Spread 1/2 of the filling (I used both peach jam and cream cheese) down the length of the center of the strip. Cut slanting strips (3/4 inch – 1 inch each) along both sides. I used a very sharp knife, but a pastry wheel or pizza cutter will work just fine. Fold the bottom end up to “seal” the filling in and allow the braid to rest for 15-20 minutes as you preheat your oven. Repeat with the second half of the dough and the rest of the filling.
  10. Preheat oven to 400F. Beat the egg wash ingredients together. Brush the top of the pastry with egg wash. There will be enough egg wash for both braids. The egg wash gives your pastry that beautiful sheen.
    Bake each braid for 15-16 minutes or until golden brown. Make sure to rotate the pan at least two times to ensure the braid is browning evenly.
  11. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes. Drizzle with glaze, slice, and enjoy!

Additional Notes:

*I tested this dough with 1% and skim milk. Would also work with 2% or whole. Avoid nondairy milk.

Make Ahead: prepare the dough through step 3. The dough at this point can be chilled overnight and up to 3 days. OR prepare the dough through step 5. Fold the dough up tightly, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. During this second chilling time, you could actually keep the dough frozen for up to 1 month. Then thaw overnight in the refrigerator when you are ready to shape in step 6.

Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Pumpkin French Toast

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Just look at that golden brown slice of warm bread that is filled with flavorful pumpkin and maple syrup. One word. . . Three letters. . . YUM. Looking for a fulfilling breakfast that will make your day brighter? This recipe is just for you. Super easy to make, and your can easily just whip up all of the ingredients into one bowl and soak in your bread and cook it from there.

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If you really wanted to get a bit more fancy, you are more than welcome to make a baked pumpkin french toast casserole by alternating this same recipe. Simply just preheat the oven to 350. Lay out your bread slices into your casserole however way you like. Then, in a large bowl, whip up the same ingredients from below, and add an additional, 1 cup milk, and 1 cup sugar. Once all of the ingredients are fully incorporated, slowly pour the mixture over you arranged bread slices and allow it to soak up the milk mixture for at least 1 hour, or overnight in the refrigerator. Bake for about 30 minutes and serve with a side of maple syrup. Enjoy~ 🙂IMG_0375 IMG_0376

 

Pumpkin French Toast

  • Servings: about 8 servings
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Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • butter, for griddle or pan and for serving
  • 8 slices Texas toast or thick-sliced French toast bread
  • maple syrup for serving, or your favorite topping

Directions:

  1. Preheat electric griddle (takes about 10 minutes) or preheat a non-stick skillet over medium heat a minute or two before you’ll need it; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, pumpkin, sugars, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and whisk until combined.
  3. Butter the griddle or skillet.
  4. Dip 1 slice of bread into the coating mixture for about 10 seconds, flipping over once, and making sure it’s well-coated before adding to griddle. Repeat with all slices of bread until coating mixture is gone.
  5. Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until as done and browned as desired. Add more butter to griddle or skillet as necessary and wipe griddle with paper towel as necessary to remove black bits. Serve immediately with butter and maple syrup or your favorite topping. French toast is best warm and fresh, but will keep airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months and can be gently reheated in the micro or toaster.

Adapted from Averie Cooks

Zucchini Walnut Bread

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This is one of my favorite quick breads ever! Moist, soft, fluffy, and a bit crunchy from the walnuts, this bread is perfect for Sunday mornings with hot coffee on the side. Breakfast anyone? Get Ready. Happy Eating~ 🙂

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Zucchini Walnut Bread

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest (optional)
  • 3 cups zucchini, grated
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (or use pecans or chocolate chips…why not both??)
Directions:
  1. Grease and flour two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon together and mix until combined with a whisk.
  3. In another large bow, beat together the eggs, oil, apple sauce, sugars, vanilla, and orange zest until fully incorpated and smooth. Slowly add in the flour into the wet ingredients until combined. Gently stir in the zucchini and nuts with a rubber spatula.
  4. Pour into prepared pans and bake for 40-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean. Cool on rack completely before cutting and serving.

Banana Bread Pudding

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I absolutely love bread pudding. I do not know why . . . maybe because I love bread and carbs haha. Plus, when you are making a regular bread pudding, you can literally add in anything that you prefer such as orange juice, apple juice, zest, different extracts, nuts, dried fruits, etc.! Happy Eating~IMG_0331

HAPPY (late) NEW YEARS!! I know, I know, my picture had “2014” on it. But that is only because I had created this dish the morning of New Years Eve soo . . . yeah. Anyways, what are my New Years Resolution? Well. I put a lot of thought into this and It’d have to be that I learn to accept myself more and stop comparing my happiness with other people’s happiness. Many times, I had trouble being joyful and happy with my life because I seemed to have compared with my own life/lifestyle with my peers. Yes, I may not have the perfect life, but, I learned to accept that. After reflecting upon myself over my winter break, I had finally learned that to be truly happy, you must be able to love yourself and acknowledge the many blessings that life had offered you. To have a humble family, food in my stomach, a roof over my head, and a decent education, I am fortunate to have these things and that I should be thankful instead of not appreciating it.IMG_0335 IMG_0326 IMG_0338

Banana Bread Pudding

  • Servings: 5-6 servings
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  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raisin
  • 1/4 cp pecans, chopped
  • 4-5 cups stale bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
  1. In a large bowl combine the eggs, sugars, milk, mashed bananas, vanilla, and cinnamon until fully incorporated. You can add in the raisins and pecans now, or sprinkle them on top of the bread pudding before you bake it. Add in the stale bread cubes and toss/mix in the batter until everything is evenly distributed. transfer the pudding in your casserole (including the milk mixture) dish and let it sit and soak in the milk mixture for about 30 minutes or overnight in the fridge.
  2. While the bread pudding is soaking in the liquid, go ahead and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Once your pudding is ready, bake it for 30-40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Serve immediately with your favorite syrup, fudge, ice cream, or have it plain! Enjoy!

Made by yours truly, Sue Mun.

Orange Citrus Bread Pudding

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Need a recipe for your leftover panettone bread, cinnamon rolls, or regular from your Christmas party? Use the leftovers to feed a crowd in the morning after with this recipe! If you are in a rush and want to stale bread quickly, you can simply just cube your bread and leave it to rest of a cooling rack over night to air dry. Then, after drying, the bread will be hard and stale, which is perfect for a sturdy bread pudding. No one wants a soggy and crumbling bread pudding . . . yuck. Happy Holidays~ 😀IMG_0318

After trying to find the perfect bread pudding that doesn’t end up all soggy and yucky, I just gave up and started to whip up my own. Surprisingly, it came out terrific! I couldn’t help it but I ended up have almost three servings because it was sooo good! Drizzle it with your favorite syrup, caramel sauce, or ice cream.

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Counted my blessings this morning and I am very thankful that I was born in a humble family that loves and and supports my decisions. Without them, I know that I would not have done anything without their help. How many blessings do you have? Have you said ‘thank you’ to your friends and family yet? Make sure you do once in a while to remind them that you appreciate them in your life. IMG_0311 IMG_0316

Orange Citrus Bread Pudding

  • Servings: 6-8 servings
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Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 1/4 cups whole milk
  • zest of one orange
  • 1/4-1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 7-8 cups 1 inch cubed bread, staled overnight
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and have your casserole dish ready to go.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and brown sugar until sugar is dissolved. Gradually add in the milk until fully incorporated. Add in the orange zest, orange juice, vanilla, and cinnamon until combined. Pour over the cubed stale bread and evenly toss the mixture.
  3. Place the prepared bread mixture to your casserole dish and let the bread sit for at least 30 minutes before baking. Once set, sprinkle pecans and bake the bread pudding for 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Serve warm with maple syrup and milk.