Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Blueberry Lemon Custard Tart

This post is coming at you all terribly late. I had planned to post this before July 4th...but as you can see, it is already the 15th.

I think I mentioned earlier that I was going to attend graduate school? My program started this summer and it has just been crazy. Like, really crazy. Exciting, but still crazy hectic. I go to school twice a week and have classes from 9am-7pm! I only have two short breaks in between classes, but it`s not even enough time for me to eat lunch! I`m also working part-time on the days I don`t have classes, so I haven`t had time to bake, which makes me sad. I spend my Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays doing all the homework/readings. If you didn`t know already, you have a ton of reading in graduate school. I mean, of course I had reading in undergrad, but not THIS much.

Anyway, that is the reason I haven`t had a chance to share a lot of recipes lately. I recently enrolled for my Fall quarter classes and I think it might just get crazier! I`m literally at home all day doing homework. Even my Instagram hasn`t been updated as often.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Strawberry Fan Cookies with Lemon Glaze

I`ve been pretty inspired by all fancy sugar cookie decorations I have been seeing on Instagram lately. But, I`m lazy when it comes to baking sometimes... I know from experience how time-consuming decorating sugar cookies can take, thus, deterring me from actually making them. One day...

These cookies aren`t exactly sugar cookies, more like butter cookies, but you make them in a similar way. You cream together butter, sugar, flour. Let the dough chill, then you roll out and cut out shapes. Luckily, there`s no need to make 50 different shades of royal icing to make these cookies look cute. After you cut out the shapes, you place a little dollop of strawberry jam in the middle and fold up the two bottom sides together to seal, kind of like a flower bouquet! I was gonna called them strawberry bouquets too, but decided to keep the original recipe name instead.

I actually made these cookies for Mother`s Day since they looked like mini flower bouquets to me. My mom also loves lemon flavored desserts, so I added the lemon glaze to give a little acidic punch to each bite!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Green Tea Crunch Ice Cream

I don`t think Southern California has decided what weather it wants to feel like for the past months. It`ll be cold and gloomy for 2 weeks, then hot and sunny the next week. Well, I guess it doesn`t matter to me, because when it comes to ice cream, I always help myself to some.

On a whim I decided to finally buy the Jeni`s Splendid Ice Cream At Home book. You know how there are days, okay, for me, there are many days, where I just feel like buying something. I`m sure it`s unhealthy, but it is what it is. Some days, I want to buy large size milk tea boba. Others, I want to buy cookbooks.

Anyway, Jeni's recently opened a location in Los Angeles and I`ve been dying to go. I have yet to go since it`s over an hour drive away from me. One day I decided to go before dropping my sister off at UCLA, but sometimes the world is mean, and the shop was closed because they had a recall. Oh well, I guess I will just stick to making her amazing ice creams at home! (It has reopened now, though!)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Baked Coffee Cake French Toast

I`m going to start this off with the fact that my dad loved this. He said it twice in the span of an hour. Did you know how happy I was when he said this?! VERY. My dad bakes and likes sweets, but he rarely likes anything I bake because it`s too sweet for his liking. Whenever any of my parents say they like something I make, I always take note.

So, I don`t know if this applies to other Asian families, but in my Chinese-mixed-Vietnamese family, compliments aren`t given frequently. Sure, there are some, such as when my sisters and I get straight "A"s in school or land a job, but it`s gotta be of some importance you know? Especially, my dad, who doesn`t compliment often. When he said this baked French toast was good, he didn`t say it looking at me, but at the food! Although, I must say, as the years have gone by since our childhood, this has changed. My mom and dad praises pretty often now. I bet it`s because they missed my sisters and I while we were in college! They even praise my parallel parking skills. Haha!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Strawberry Apple Crumble Pie

I must confess, I made these pies for Pi day back in March. And I`m posting them in May. Normally, I feel too lazy to bake pie for Pi day, but when I found out this year was extra special because it was 3.1415 (this year added to the irrational number perfectly!), I knew I had to bake pie!

It was a coincidence that I had fresh strawberries and thought I would make some strawberry and apple pies! Since I decided at the last minute to bake a pie for Pi day, I didn`t want to worry about chilling pie dough and then roll it I used Joy's recipe for a crust that you make and simply press into the pie pan. Honestly, I have been meaning to try the crust recipe since I got her book years ago. Better late than never!

Even though I made these for Pi day, they`ll be great for the upcoming Memorial weekend! And definitely for the 4th of July. If you`re attending a BBQ or potluck event, pies are great for sharing. The fruit filling brings out a great summer vibe.