Chai Hot Cross Buns {a step by step tutorial with .gifs}

March 29, 2015 in Breads , Uncategorized | 3 comments


For some reason or another, every time somebody mentions hot cross buns, I think of the song we had to memorize in third grade. I believe it was part of a new music teaching system to get us to learn how to play an instrument well instead of staring off cluelessly into space. So, everyone had to learn how to play the recorder. The way they did it was with books and little strips of cloth modeled after the martial arts system. The highest one was, of course, a black belt, and the song that you had to be able to play was called “hot cross buns.”


I didn’t realize until this year that “hot cross buns” was the name of a roll commonly eaten during Good Friday.

A few days ago, titles involving ‘easter’ started appearing. It totally took me by shock since Easter is usually in April, but there’s still snow falling outside my window. It descends as easily as it does in January, yet it’s the end of March.


So, I guess it’s absolutely understandable I want something warm and toasty to eat as a snack after I arrive at home from school. These have been my rolls of choice so far… They’re so soft and tender, yet wonderfully filling and pleasant because of all the spices! (Plus I get to say that I baked something seasonal/themed)!

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Mochi + Red Bean Popsicles

March 19, 2015 in Other sweets | 16 comments



Last week Pi Day and also my 1 year blog-averary!!! (Yes, I started my blog on Pi day… It’s nothing strange!) I can’t believe it’s already been a year, since when I didn’t have this blog! Though I can’t say I’ve been posting much the last few weeks (I’m sorry!), but it’s really been fun!!

Anywho, onto the food now shall we? Yes, they’re popsicles. But they’re not any popsicles! They have red beans in them and mochi!

So, beans are healthy, mochi is basically rice, and popsicles are frozen and since I have a sore throat right now, these are perfectly acceptable as breakfast, non? Oh and they have (condensed) milk!!! They’re perfectly healthy, trust me.

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Chewy Coconut Granola Bars {vegan, gluten free}

February 27, 2015 in Breakfast , Other sweets | 8 comments


You know that thing that schools seem to love to do? Make lunch after a morning of fun, but amazingly difficult classes!

Fun classes? Yes, definitely!
Difficult classes? Of course!

But then the problem comes when you’re trying to solve a difficult geometry problems and you can’t think.

Grumble says your stomach.
Area of triangle ABC plus the area of triangle ABF should equal… Nope that doesn’t work. When’s lunch?
Stares hungrily at the clock. Oh, only an hour away!
Grumble, complains your stomach for the hundredth time.

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Waffles with Blueberry Compote

February 1, 2015 in Breakfast | 4 comments

After my recipe for the BEST WAFFLES EVER, you wouldn’t expect a high school girl to need another waffle recipe, especially a high school girl who is having the most stressful semester in her life right now and doesn’t have time to do anything. But that is precisely why I need another waffle recipe.
You see, the other one requires so much preparation and time that I don’t have right now that I am practically a nervous wreck trying to make waffles (aka have a life), finish homework, and do projects.
I wanted to make waffles that tasted just as perfect and delicious as the other waffles.
Um, yeah impossible feat. Baking powder will never be able to create the complex flavor of yeast. Oil (my attempt to make these kinda healthy), will never taste as good as a whole two sticks of butter. And of course time is the best remedy, but that is also what I am in most need of right now.
So I made these waffles. No planning ahead, no preparation, basically all you have to do is throw all the ingredients in a bowl, whisk, and cook. And I happen to think these waffles are THE BOMB.
Ever so slightly crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. Oh and don’t get me started on the blueberry compote.

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Banana Pancakes

January 25, 2015 in Breakfast | 4 comments

The stress of second semester is really starting to kick in. I figuratively fall over the piles of books and papers for projects and homework and when the reality of high school starts to dawn on me, I want to crawl into a hole and hide.
I feel like I’m on the edge of a cliff, tottering and faltering, and hanging to the last strand keeping me upright.

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{Healthier} Chocolate Cupcakes {vegan, gluten-free}

January 11, 2015 in Cakes | 8 comments

We seriously returned to school for 1 day (it was supposed to be a week) and then get bombarded by snow days and cold days. What’s a cold day you ask? A day where it’s so fricking cold that you will be frozen within 10 minutes (provided that you’re brave enough to walk outside for 10 minutes, that is).



I was soooo grateful. I mean, what else do you do when you feel so overwhelmed by the amount of homework/projects you have on the first day you get back, that you want to crawl into a cave and never come out? Tell the weather to behave badly… And that’s exactly what happened. I spent those days researching and researching… and of course, more research.

But these precious days also gave me a chance to test and develop a recipe for these chocolate cupcakes when my eyes could not focus anymore!! Let’s just say, I made them everyday that we were off, and omg are they delicious!

I wanted them to be filling, good for you, and delicious. They turned out exactly that… with some added bonuses! I added oat flour, that I sifted to make sure it was really fine, and used a tiny amount of coconut oil, which is supposed to be good for you (and it smells amazing, so how could I resist?).


But then I realized, if I was in a hurry, and didn’t have time to pulse oats into flour, and then stand there sifting it, how would I make this cupcake? And what if I don’t have coconut oil?

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New York Style Bagels {a step by step guide with .gifs} + Maple Cinnamon Butter

January 4, 2015 in Breads | 6 comments



I hope you all had a great holiday season!!! I baked a TON of stuff, but really didn’t think any of it was that special… So, I’ve been gone for 3 weeks. But now we can get back to the regular posts right?

And O. M. GEEE!!! I cannot believe it’s 2015 already! Of course, I will end up writing 2014 on all of my assignments until March, but still, 2015! Nearly 15 years on this planet…


Back when I had only spent 13 years on this planet, I ate those blueberry bagels for breakfast almost everyday. Then one day, I decided to make my own. They were plain and tasted really plain… Good, but not extremely special. So the next time I made them, I put fresh strawberries in them (we had too many strawberries that were going bad). Yeah, lesson learned. NEVER put in fresh fruit into bagel dough and then let your stand mixer knead it for 10 minutes. These bagels turned out a pinkish purple color and kind of bitter tasting. They were absolutely disgusting. I told myself that I was never going to make bagels again.

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Meringue Mushrooms {gluten-free!}

December 7, 2014 in Other sweets | 9 comments


Last year, my friend and I made a Buche de Noel for Reveillon, the annual French club dinner. We had never made a roll cake before, and we wanted to find a traditional recipe. Well, if yule logs are French, then a recipe in French must be perfect, right?



Our first mistake came with using Google Translate for the recipe.

“1 cuillère à café de levure” = “1 teaspoon of yeast”

hum… something doesn’t seem right… But maybe it’s a French thing to put yeast in cakes…

Second mistake: Trusting Google Translate.

So we put in dry yeast and stuck the cake in the oven. It came out tasting like sweetened eggs and yeast.

It took us 6 hours to make a practice Buche de Noel. We had to make the cake twice (second time with a recipe we could actually read), and then we made little meringue mushrooms.

We found out after putting them on the cake for an hour that they melt under humidity. They became sticky and soft… and utterly gross.

Well, it was a good thing that that time it was a trial run!

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