1-bowl chocolate chip scones (without butter) from scratch — freezer friendly

Scones complement your morning (and also afternoon!) coffee or tea. The crusty and crumbly exterior contrasts so well with the fluffy and moist interior. The perfect yin and yang! Sometimes you wake up late and want a pastry, (I'm not a morning person, are you?) but it's absolutely impossible to make cinnamon rolls, donuts, or... Continue Reading →

Homemade hamburger buns using a bread maker

Growing up in Hong Kong, hamburgers were always linked to fast food. I only thought of McDonald's when anyone mentioned hamburgers - homemade didn't exist. But the reality is that hamburgers can be so much more! Imagine if you had freshly baked homemade buns, freshly ground high- quality meat, and fresh home-grown veggies; then your... Continue Reading →

2-ingredient homemade vanilla extract

Vanilla extract is an essential element in baking. Open a bottle of vanilla extract (pure, not the imitation stuff), take a sniff and hmm... it's like drinkable perfume! It smells so warm and inviting, and enhances the flavors in your baked goods. What an amazing ingredient! Pure vanilla extract is expensive, because vanilla bean is... Continue Reading →

Birthday cake 生日蛋糕

Growing up, I didn't get to eat desserts as often as my kids do nowadays. But, the one day I could count on having sweets would be my birthday--a longing birthday cake 生日蛋糕 (saang1 yat6 daan6 gou1). Traditionally, Chinese people don't use an oven, so desserts are cooked on the stove, steamed, or deep fried.... Continue Reading →

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