[RECIPE] Houjicha Old Street Castella Cake (培茶古早味蛋糕)

I always have sudden thoughts to bake in the middle of the day, so I am interested in simple recipes with basic ingredients that I can find at home. I previously made a Black Sesame Japanese Cotton Cake few years ago, but this time I want to challenge an authentic treat in Taiwan, Old Street Castella Cake (古早味蛋糕). The recipe uses the same ingredients, slightly different method, and with a different texture.

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[RECIPE] Matcha Lava Chiffon Cake

My secret Santa got me some 4-inch chiffon cake molds, and ever since I have used them to bake my cakes. Compared to a 6-inch cake, 4-inch cake is perfect for two people. It is also very good for people who are on diet, but still want to have some small treats. It is Ethan’s birthday, so instead of buying a cake from a bakery, I decided to make him a small surprise – Matcha Lava Chiffon Cake! The cheese foam in the centre will ooze out and create a beautiful and fancy lava effect.

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[RECIPE] Matcha Brownie Mochi

Have you tried the mochi muffins (also known as moffins) from Yama Cafe or Usagi Sweets? They are addicting and delicious to munch on as an afternoon tea snack. However, they are quite expensive ($1.25 to $1.50 each) especially I lost control and bought dozens of them. So after doing some research online, I decided to make my own version of moffins! I referenced a recipe from one of my favourite baker, Michelle from Sift and Simmer. I made some changes on the portion of sugar and oil to make them less sweet and I guess healthier.

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[RECIPE] Meringue Kisses

Valentine’s Day is in the corner, so I decided to make some treats for my friends and coworkers this year. And meringues cookies are probably the best gifts for anyone in any occasions. I went online and did some research on making perfect, crispy and gooey meringues cookies. They just need two simple ingredients – sugar and egg white. I did some trials before making an actual batch, and I want to share some tips with you all.

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[RECIPE] Purple Yam Snow Skin Mooncakes

Mid-Autumn Festival is coming up soon, and my family would buy snow skin mooncakes from local Asian grocery stores. But this year, I decided to make some homemade and healthier ones. Good things about homemade products is that sugar level can always be adjusted, and I can choose natural ingredients to eliminate any preservatives. Using purple yam in desserts and pastries is now a new food trend, as it has a beautiful purple color for pictures, and it has high nutrition, with low calories. Making Purple Yam Snow Skin Mooncakes seems difficult, but it is actually easy and fun, especially when assembling them.

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