• French Buttercream Recipe

    French Buttercream Recipe

    May 14, 2021Van

    French Buttercream is a beautifully smooth and silky buttercream made with egg yolks, sugar and butter.  It’s not overly sweet like American ButtercreamAmerican Buttercream, but richer than Swiss Meringue ButtercreamSwiss Meringue Buttercream because it’s made with egg yolks instead of egg whites – the texture is slightly thicker than pastry cream and  it pipes gorgeously for cupcakes. It’s not as stable as American Buttercream because it has a fraction of the sugar, so it needs to stay cool.  I bake macarons all the time, so I always have extra egg yolks on hand, this is a perfect way to use them up and one of the best fillings for macarons.

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  • Porto’s Bakery Cheese Roll Recipe

    May 10, 2021Van

    Cheese Rolls are Porto’s most popular pastry, out of the thousands of people that visit their bakery everyday – almost everyone buys cheese rolls – can you believe they sell millions a year?? I know any time I’m there, I…

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  • Porto’s Bakery Potato Ball Recipe (Papa Rellena)

    May 6, 2021Van

    Porto’s Bakery is one of most popular bakery-cafes in Southern California, any time you go visit Porto’s, there’s usually a line out the door and it’s easy to see why – they have delicious baked goods and Cuban food at…

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  • Disneyland’s Pineapple Dole Whip Recipe

    May 5, 2021Van

    If you’ve ever visited Disneyland, you’ve surely enjoyed one of the best frozen desserts on earth. Yes, I’m talking about the Dole Whip! Each time I’d head over to The Tiki Room, I’d hope for a line—that way I could finish…

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  • Disneyland’s Raspberry Rose Mickey Macaron Recipe (Swiss Method)

    May 1, 2021Van

    To celebrate the reopening of my favorite theme park, I’ve made the ultimate dessert served at Disneyland: Raspberry Rose Mickey Macaron, served at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe on Main St. Disneyland is a very special place to me. It’s the…

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  • Vietnamese Tuna & Fried Egg Banh Mi Recipe (Bánh Mì Cá Thu & Trứng ốp la)

    April 30, 2021Van

    Bánh Mì is one of the most iconic dishes of Vietnam, it represents the French influence in Vietnamese cuisine and continues to morph and transform even more in the U.S. Bánh Mì is typically filled with a flavorful protein, then…

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  • IKEA Swedish Meatballs with Cream Sauce Recipe

    April 29, 2021Van

    IKEA released their meatball recipe last year,  but I wonder if it was a great idea for them since this homemade version is 100x better than the meatballs they serve at the IKEA cafeteria.  After making this recipe, I don’t…

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  • Mini Ice Cream Cone Meringue Cookies Recipe

    April 26, 2021Van

    A classic meringue cookie recipe, taken to the next level by turning them into adorable Mini Ice Cream Cone Meringue Cookies. They are light, airy, sweet, crispy cookies – you can make the very basic ones that are flavored with…

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  • Salted Honey Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

    April 24, 2021Van

    My daughter’s softball team is called the Honey Bees, so I thought it would be fun to make cute rice krispie treats for their snack packs. I wanted to incorporated real honey into the recipe, but adding too much would…

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  • Light and Crispy Tempura Batter Recipe

    April 23, 2021Van

    Tempura, one of Japan’s most famous and best-loved dishes – seafood and vegetables coated in a special batter and fried to perfection.  It’s hard to find great tempura at a restaurant and even harder to make great tempura at home.…

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