• 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…

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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 buy at least a dozen – it’s a flaky, buttery pasty filled with sweet cream…

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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 my Dole Whip in the amazing atmosphere that is Adventureland. Dole Pineapple took over sponsorship…

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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 spot where I spent some of the happiest days of my life. I’d even pop…

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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 vanilla extract or use Lorann Candy Oils for other flavors like strawberry, watermelon, raspberry or…

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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 make them sticky, so 2 Tablespoons will gives these a slight honey flavor and the…

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  • Strawberry Mochi Recipe for Instant Pot or Steamer (Ichigo Daifuku)

    April 22, 2021Van

    A special Springtime treat, Strawberry Mochi or Ichigo Daifuku – it starts with a classic daifuku mochi with sweet red bean filling, then it’s topped with a beautiful, sweet strawberry – a true feast for the eyes and palette. You’ll have a hard time finding this treat outside of Japan or Hawaii, but with a…

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  • Mocha Frappuccino Recipe using Trader Joe’s Instant Cold Brew Coffee

    April 21, 2021Van

    Super easy recipe for a Mocha Frappuccino using Trader Joe’s Instant Cold Brew Coffee and Midnight Moo Chocolate Syrup – have a delicious pick-me-up drink ready in 3 minutes! This recipe makes an XL frappe, so feel free to cut the recipe in half.

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  • Ningyo-Yaki Waffle Maker Recipe (Japanese Doll Cakes filled with Anko)

    April 16, 2021Van

    Ningyo-Yaki are small cakes in the shape of dolls filled with anko (sweet red bean paste) – they’re a popular treat at one of my favorite places in the world, Asakusa Tokyo.  Typically, they are made with cast iron molds over a gas grill in various shapes such as cats, birds, lucky gods, and even Hello Kitty –…

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  • Instant Pot Anko – Sweet Red Bean Paste Recipe

    April 15, 2021Van

    This is the quickest and easiest method to make Anko (Japanese Sweet Red Bean Paste – Koshian). Using an Instant Pot to pressure cook the adzuki beans only takes 40 minutes, compared to the 2 hours it takes on the stovetop. Homemade anko is so much more delicious than store-bought – perfectly smooth in texture…

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