Dessert

  • Instant Pot Chichi Dango Mochi Recipe + Oven Method

    December 20, 2020Van

    Chichi Dango has an interesting history, it’s origins are from Hiroshima, Japan, yet no one in Japan really knows about it, but everyone in Hawai’i loves it! The family that started Nisshodo Candy Store in Honolulu, Hawai’i brought the recipe to Hawai’i 100 years ago, because of their shop, Chichi Dango has become popular all…

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  • Geode Cake Hack Recipe using Trader Joe’s Mini Sheet Cakes

    December 19, 2020Van

    My daughter is crazy over Trader Joe’s Chantilly Cream Vanilla Bean Mini Sheet Cake, so for her birthday I turned 3 mini sheet cakes into a Geode Cake. The cakes are simply stacked on top of each other, a small portion of the cake is carved out, cover the whole cake in homemade whipped cream…

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  • Homemade Matcha Marshmallows Recipe

    December 18, 2020Van

    I was trying to think of culinary treats that had a good shelf life, would travel well  for gift giving and homemade marshmallows fit the bill. I adapted Alton Brown’s trusty marshmallow recipe to include matcha powder.  These chewy, bouncy Matcha Marshmallows are the ultimate treat for anyone who loves matcha like I do! Marshmallows…

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  • Instant Pot S’mores Cheesecake Recipe

    December 17, 2020Van

    Take s’mores to the next level by making this Instant Pot S’mores Cheesecake! This rich and creamy cheesecake is an impressive show stopper – it has a buttery graham cracker crust, creamy vanilla cheesecake, topped with chocolate ganache and marshmallow creme – use a kitchen torch to toast the marshmallows to get that nostalgic campfire…

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  • Aebleskiver Recipe – Round Danish Pancakes

    November 29, 2020Van

    Aebleskiver are a traditional Danish dessert or snack – in Denmark they are eaten most often in the winter time.  These are pretty rare to find in restaurants in the U.S. –  but if you happen to be in California – take a day trip to Solvang, it’s a beautiful and quaint Danish Village just…

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  • Trader Joe’s No-Bake Vanilla Bean Mini Sheet Cake Recipe Hack

    November 9, 2020Van

    Being an avid baker my whole life, I almost never buy cakes, especially from a grocery store. I kept hearing about Trader Joe’s Chantilly Cream Vanilla Bean Mini Sheet Cake and I had to try it, I’m amazed at how good it is and how much it tastes like it’s homemade. The cake is moist…

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  • Trader Joe’s St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

    October 29, 2020Van

    Gooey Butter Cake is a classic American recipe that originated in St. Louis in the 1930’s, over the years it’s transformed into this easy and simplified version using cake mix. There are two layers, the bottom is a chewy, buttery vanilla cake that has caramelized edges and the “gooey” topping is made with cream cheese,…

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  • EASY No-Bake Mooncake Recipe using Vanilla Joe-Joe’s or Oreos

    October 1, 2020Van

    Today is the Mid-Autumn Festival or Tết Trung Thu, which is an ancient festival considered “children’s day” in Vietnamese culture. It’s day to celebrate the harvest, spend quality time with your kids – spoiling them with toys, their favorite foods, paper lanterns & treats such as mooncakes. I wanted to make another batch of mooncakes…

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  • Instant Pot Snow Skin Mooncakes with Coconut Mung Bean Filling Recipe – Bánh Dẻo Trung Thu

    September 29, 2020Van

    purchased hereTết Trung Thu or Mid-Autumn Festival is an ancient festival considered “children’s day” in Vietnamese culture. It falls on the 15th day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar, which is in September or early October – this year it lands on October 1, 2020 when the fullest moon will appear.  It’s day to…

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  • Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Joe-Joe’s IceBox Cake Recipe (No-Bake)

    September 22, 2020Van

    A super simple and easy no-bake icebox cake made using Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Joe-Joe’s and Pumpkin Butter. I used a 6 inch springform pan so it would have a “cake” look, but you can also make this in a pie dish.

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