Rambutans

Rambutans in Costco??? Shocking! So Keith was in Costco last Saturday and came across these rambutans – he bought a pack and forgot to tell me about it till this afternoon, lol. I’m so surprised! It has been over 20 years since I last ate fresh rambutans. I remember as a child, I would often […]

New York Style Cheesecake

We were in the mood for cheesecake with our homemade blueberry sauce. To make it a little challenging, I decided to bake the cheesecake on our grill. We turned all three burners on high to bring the temp up to 375F. Then, we turned off the two back burners and placed the cheesecake (which was […]

Homemade Blueberry Sauce

Here’s my go-to blueberry sauce recipe – absolutely delicious! 😁 Blueberry Sauce {lightly adapted from the Blueberry Sauce recipe in The Professional Pastry Chef cookbook by Bo Friberg} 1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup apple juice 2 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1½ cups (or more) fresh blueberries Place sugar and juice in a […]

Cranberry-Pistachio Biscotti

After having tried multiple biscotti recipes over the years, this one is hands-down my favorite. The biscotti itself is firm after the second bake (as it should be) but not rock hard and hence, can be indulged as is, which is something I love to do! They are soooooo delicious!!! Enjoy! Slightly adapted from the […]

Malaysian Durian

It had been a long time since I had a decent durian. Hence, I couldn’t resist when I saw a good-looking batch of Mao Shan Wang durian at an Asian store in downtown Cleveland. Paid about $20 for a tiny one but absolutely worth it! The flesh was thick and creamy and had a delicious, […]

Tau Hu Hua (Soybean Pudding)

Tau Hu Hua, Tau Fu Fah, Douhua – it doesn’t matter how you say or spell it, it refers to a silky tofu dessert that is typically served with plain or ginger-flavored sugar syrup…..although lately, I have preferred it with palm sugar syrup instead. It is deliciously light and refreshing during the hot summer days. Enjoy! […]

Simple Steamed Banana Cake

So simple to make and absolutely delicious! ❤️❤️❤️ Slightly adapted from the Held by Love, Baked from Scratch Steam Banana Cake recipe 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour 1/2 cup palm sugar* 1/4 teaspoon salt 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/8 tsp baking soda 1/3 cup vegetable oil (plus a little more to oil the custard […]

Vanilla Chiffon Cake with Fruits and Cream Round 2

The reason why I tried making this cake so soon after my last effort is because I wasn’t entirely pleased with my prior attempt and alright, I admit that it is also partially because we wanted to eat the cake again, lol. Here is a list of things I am not too wild about with […]

Vanilla Chiffon Cake with Fruits and Cream

A few weeks ago, a reader inquired if she could use my chiffon cake as the base for the ever-popular Chinese bakery birthday cake, one that is typically filled with fresh or canned fruits and whipped cream. My initial thought had been that it should be possible but if we bake the cake in a […]

Coffee Chiffon Cake

One of the best features of chiffon cakes is that they make a delightful afternoon (or anytime actually) snack and an elegant dessert at the same time. Here’s a simple but absolutely delicious coffee-flavored chiffon cake to usher in the new year. Enjoy! 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided 1 tablespoon baking powder […]