Matcha Mochi Cake

I have never ate a mochi cake. I was intrigued and thus today was my first attempt on baking a mochi cake. The ingredients are easy to find and the steps in making the cake are simple. Nothing complicated like whisking egg whites and sugar into stiff peaks. The cake tasted very good but not advisable to finish all by yourself. Because you are consuming glutinous rice flour, you would feel super bloated if you were to eat more than 2 big slices. But it is hard to resist the yummy mochi cake!

 

Ingredients (for one 9in round pan):

1 lb glutinous rice flour
2 Tbsp matcha powder
1/3 cup unsalted butter
2 cups milk
2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs, beaten

 

Steps:

1. Coat the pan with cooking spray or butter. Set aside.

2. Melt the butter in the microwave. Add melted butter and eggs into a large bowl. Mix well.

3. Add one cup of milk and one cup of sugar into the egg mixture. Mix well. Repeat the step with another cup of milk and another cup of sugar.

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4. Add glutinous rice flour one cup at a time into the egg mixture. You may also add the 1 lb of glutinous rice flour into the egg mixture at one go but it will be messy and difficult to stir.

5. Add in the matcha powder into the mixture and stir well. The mixture should be smooth and liquidity.

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6. Pour the mixture into the pan. Place the pan into the pre-heated oven and bake at 350F for an hour. Cake is done when an inserted toothpick comes out cleanly.

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7. Wait for the cake to cool down completely before attempting to take out the cake.

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Enjoy the cake!

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Matcha Lava Cake

So I have tried making molten chocolate lava cake. This time I took up the challenge to make one of my favorite desserts – matcha lava cake. This cake is impossible to find in Houston and maybe in U.S.A. The matcha lava cake is a very delicate cake to make and requires a lot attention. However, all was worth it when I tasted the end product. It was sweet, full of matcha flavor, and it was everything you could wish for for a dessert. Serve this delicious cake with a scoop of Haagen-Dazs green tea ice cream. OooHhhh green tea goodness!!

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Recipe:

Ingredients (one 10oz ramekin):

1/3 cup white chocolate morsels
1/6 cup unsalted butter
1/6 cup granulated sugar (1/4 cup sugar would be a little too sweet)
1 egg
1.5 tsp high-quality matcha powder
1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Steps:

  1. Butter the ramekin and put aside.
  2. Melt the butter either in a microwave oven or over a pot of simmering water. 
  3. Melt the white chocolate morsels over a pot of simmering water ensuring that the bowl of white chocolates does not touch the pot of water. You could also use the microwave oven to melt the white chocolate but I prefer the former method. This is because melting white chocolate is very delicate and white chocolate solidifies easily. 
  4. Add sugar and melted butter into the bowl of melted white chocolate morsels.
  5. Add the egg into the mixture.
  6. Add the matcha powder.
  7. Add the flour.
  8. Stir well to make sure consistency in the mixture. The mixture should be in liquid form. If the mixture becomes semi-solid, put the bowl over a pot of simmering water and keep stirring. The mixture will turn into liquid form.  
  9. Pour the mixture into the ramekin and refrigerate it for 30mins.
  10. Place the ramekin into pre-heated oven immediately after taking it out from the refrigerator. 
  11. Bake at 455F for 8-9mins. 

Three Brothers Bakery

If you stay in Houston and have not heard about Three Brothers Bakery, you are missing out a lot! Three Brothers Bakery won many awards and the bakery has been around for a very long time. They have a wide array of cakes, and they do make customized cakes for special occasions. They have various cupcakes and cookies too. I was overwhelmed by the selections and I took quite some time to decide what I want. I chose a snickerdoodle cheesecake, which is a cheesecake coated with cinnamon, and cookie pieces in the cheesecake. I also bought a peanut butter cookie, marble cookie, and the lady finger cookie. They were so delicious that even my dog cannot resist them!

The snickerdoodle cheesecake was really good! It wasn’t too cheesy and the cinnamon and cookie pieces work well together. The cookies were delicious too! I specially love the peanut butter cookie. The peanut butter in the cookie wasn’t overpowering and the cookie wasn’t too sweet. It was just perfect.

If you would like to enjoy a slice of cake or two, the bakery is spacious enough to have you and your friends to hang around!

I would go back for more cakes and cookies!

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Taipei, Taiwan

My first meal in Taipei, Taiwan, got to be something warm to kill the cold. A bowl of hot beancurd soup, a basket of steaming xiao long bao (Chinese dumplings), and a bowl of warm zha jiang mien (Chinese noodles) did it just right. The soup is rather thick and had many flavors in it. The xiao long bao was not the typical ones that I tried. This had much thicker skins, like pau (Chinese buns). However, the meat (usually pork) tasted really good. The zha jiang mien was delicious too!

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A delicacy that belongs to Taiwan is the oyster mee sua (thin noodles). This is a simple dish with just oysters, thin noodles, thick broth, and parsley. The broth has to be the star of this dish because the noodles and the oysters do not have seasoning on them. This broth was superb! It was thick, which it was supposed to be, not salty, and full of flavors. Yummy!

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Fried egg with oyster is another dish that Taiwan is proud of. Eggs are fried first then fresh oysters are added into the fried eggs and slightly fry them together. Add some house sauce and it is ready to be served. This dish was really good!

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Taiwan desserts are also very popular among tourists and the locals. Their cold desserts are exceptionally good and creative.

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There are many delicacies in Taiwan. I was saddened that I did not try more food when I was in Taiwan (because I was busy shopping). I hope to visit Taiwan again!

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Matcha Mille Crepe with Red Beans

I challenged myself to do one of the most difficult desserts – mille crepe.

Mille crepe is commonly known as the thousand layers cake. It consists of layers of thin doughs with cream in between the layers. Lady M is one of the popular dessert shops which you can find some of the delicious mille crepes. This dessert is sold expensively because it requires a lot of time and effort to make it.

To make the matcha mille crepe, I searched for a recipe via YouTube. I thought that such a complicated cake had to be learned via watching rather than reading the steps.

The crucial part in making a successful mille crepe is to ensure that the dough layers are not thick. Imagine sinking your teeth into 12 layers of thick dough. Eww… Sounds like I am eating 12 stacks of pancakes instead of a yummy mille crepe. Therefore, when I made the mille crepe, I made sure I did not put too much cake mixture into the hot pan. I also took note of the temperature of the pan. It should be less than medium as I did not want burnt mille crepe. Recipe for my successful matcha mille crepe made 12 layers of dough. I did not want just plain mille crepe so I added sweet red beans in between the layers to create texture in every bite. It was fabulous! If you do not like red beans, you could add other toppings like blueberries or raspberries. You could also be creative by making plain mille crepe with chocolate cream, and crushed oreos in between layers. Alternatively, you could try making oreo mille crepe, which is also sold in various dessert shops. The joy of making my own mille crepe is I can control the ingredients I want to put in it!

Ingredients that I used:
~ dough ~
100g (cake) flour
2 eggs
50g sugar
1 tbsp matcha
200ml milk
10g butter

~ cream ~
200ml heavy cream

~ topping ~
matcha
sweet red beans

 

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Patisserie Paris Je T’aime (Cakes)

On my same visit to Patisserie Paris Je T’aime (in my earlier post under “Macarons”), I bought some cakes too as they looked appetizing from inside the cake shelves. There were not many selection left when I was there as it was near closing time. This showed that their pastries were delicious and highly in demand. This was an assurance to me that the pastries were made fresh.

I did not have to ponder for long to know what pastries I would be bringing home with me.

The eclair caught my eyes when I read the label “Chocolate eclair”. I am very particular with the kind of eclair I buy. I aways prefer a chocolate filling eclair as compared to plain cream filling. I am a sucker for chocolates! The eclair was covered with dark chocolate powder as opposed to the conventional chocolate icing. To go with the non-traditional way was a smart move as the eclair was not too sweet, and the pastry was made the right texture – crunchy and not too soft. The star part of the eclair was the chocolate cream filling. The chocolate cream was smooth and of the right amount. The combination of the chocolate powder, pastry, and the chocolate cream filling was just simply yum-yum.

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I was attracted to this hemisphere-like Yuzu-Orange cake. The color of the cake looked vibrant and I thought it would taste wonderful. However, because I have sweet-tooth, I was a little apprehensive to try a sour cake (cakes are supposed to be sweet!). Not wanting to go home disappointed without giving the cake a try. The cake turned out to be amazing! The cake’s sourness was not overpowering and the there was a sweet-sour balance. This cake would have to be eaten last so that all the sweet food which I had eaten, would be balanced off by the tinge of sourness in this cake.

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This petite and cute looking (though not made beautifully) cake looked sinful, and indeed, it was super sinful. The icing on the cake was very sweet. I had to eat the lychee sponge cake and the icing together in order to even out the sweetness. I did not finish the icing because it passed my sweet limit. The sponge cake was soft and fluffy, and it was not sweet. Overall the cake was slightly too sweet to my liking.

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Matcha (Matcha Red Bean Filling) Swiss Roll

Putting both matcha (also known as green tea) and red bean in cakes or in any desserts will never go wrong because they are a perfect match.

I decided to bake a matcha swiss roll because it’s difficult to buy one in Houston, Texas even though Houston is a diversified city that welcome different nationalities. However, with several big Asian supermarkets in this city, it was easy to buy ingredients like matcha and sweet red bean paste.

I followed the recipe by Cooking With Dog despite many other good recipes around because in my opinion, Japanese make the best matcha swiss roll. I have tried a matcha swiss roll when I was in Japan, and I was blown away by it. Since then, I was unable to find any matcha swiss roll that was able to come close to the swiss roll’s texture and flavor which I ate in Japan.

This is the recipe for my successful matcha swiss roll. The ingredients required are easily available in many supermarkets. If you do not like red beans, you can opt not to include in the cake. Because I prefer my cake’s filling to be tasteful and colorful, I added green tea powder and red bean paste to the whipping cream so that my filling will not be just plain whipped cream. The cake turned out to be delicious, and not too sweet. But, tasting success after making the swiss roll is SWEET!

Ingredients used:

4 Egg Whites
40g Sugar (1.4 oz)
4 Egg Yolks
40g Sugar (1.4 oz)
40g Cake Flour (1.4 oz)
1 tbsp Matcha – Green Tea Powder
120ml Whipping Cream with 35% fat (4 fl oz)
1 tbsp Sugar for whipped cream
120g Anko – Sweet Bean Paste (4.2 oz)
80g Sweetened Azuki Beans (2.8 oz)
Powdered Sugar

Baking Sheet: 26x36cm/10¼x14¼ in
Thin Kraft or Bakery Paper

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