Friday, September 27, 2013

good eats from the last couple of weeks

happy friday! i was too busy to post instagram photos of all the goodies i've been eating last week so here's a round-up of the last two weeks or more from most recent (being today) to oldest ones. good stuff, seriously. :)

Breakfast Goodies Galore! via mzrichee on instagram for design. bake. run.
i brought in 2 of the 3 banana breads i made last night into work to share this morning. and yes, this is one serious sweets/sugar overload coffee table. oh man, too. much. sugar. i know. but i can't complain. yay for donuts come 3pm! and any banana bread leftover. :)

Banana Bread, Three Ways via mzrichee on instagram for design. bake. run.
this is what happens when you give me super ripe bananas. yes, i do magic and turn them into banana bread. good stuff, seriously. too bad i never took photos of the waaaaay riped bananas.

Starbucks Cheese Danish via mzrichee on instagram for design. bake. run.
i never get goodies at starbucks. i mean, their morning pastry, etc. just because i can't be bother to pay for it. but this one was free, so why not. free is free is free! hehehe... especially when it's a yummy cheese danish. yum!

Pumpkin Bread via mzrichee on instagram for design. bake. run.
a couple of days ago i baked my first pumpkin bread of the season (or ever, actually). it was such a hit! oh, and now i have a bunch of leftover puree i must use up, sitting in the fridge. but no worries, i've got plans for those already. pumpkin bread recipe to come. stay tune!

Spam Musubi via mzrichee on instagram for design. bake. run.
i love spam musubi. nothing like a salty snack with rice in the AM or PM. :)

Blueberry & Strawberry Buttermilk Cake via mzrichee on instagram for design. bake. run.
i couldn't help it. i had to make this cake again. so. good.

Homemade Hmong Chicken Noodle Soup via mzrichee on instagram for design. bake. run.
nothing is more satisfying and homey than this homemade chicken noodle soup on a cold, foggy or wet day. i love it, especially with all that chili garlic pepper sauce and fish sauce drizzled on top. mmmm... the perfect meal.

French Macarons with Creme Brulee Buttercream via mzrichee on instagram for design. bake. run.
on a creme brulee kick, i used up some of the leftover creme brulee (custard-like) leftovers from the mini creme brulee cupcakes and turned it into a buttercream filling for these good-tasting french macarons. will have to make it again and share the recipe here! :)

Mini Creme Brulee Cupcakes via mzrichee on instagram for design. bake. run.
i've made these mini creme brulee cupcakes many times and every time they come out perfect. delicious, all the time.

okay, that's all folks! it's going to be a beautiful weekend in sf so go out and go play! i know i will. and yes, october is next week. look forward to that pumpkin bread post. yummmmy! :)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

sour cream coffee cake with cinnamon streusel topping

Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel Topping via design. bake. run.

a few weeks back we had tacos for dinner. along with the many ingredients in making a yummy taco was sour cream. we had some sour cream leftover sitting in the fridge from the taco dinner and garbage night was fast approaching. so instead of throwing it out, i decided to make the most out of the leftover sour cream. so, what do we have here? you guessed it. nothing more delicious for breakfast than that sour cream coffeecake. i did a quick google search and landed on king arthur flour's website for this very tasty coffee cake. it's so tasty, they called it their "favorite sour cream coffee cake."

the end result? a very tender cake that was the perfect accompaniment to my morning starbucks iced coffee the next morning after i baked it. actually, i had another slice later that same day as an afternoon snack. delicious, all around and for sure a new favorite. i love how the cake is filled and topped with this yummy cinnamon-y streusel. the nuts in the streusel gave it a nice crunch and another dimension to the cake. i didn't have walnuts around so i substituted pecans instead and it was just as good. overall, a very excellent coffee cake. i brought about 3/4 of the cake into work and it was a hit.

now, if you're interested in making this cake, i say why not. it is so good and is perfect for breakfast, afternoon tea or whenever, just because. i know i will for sure be making this coffee cake again and possibly modifying it to see what else this recipe can do. enjoy and happy baking! :)

Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel Topping via design. bake. run.
i never thought i'd be a sucker for breakfast sweets, but since i started baking, i love anything sweet for breakfast. this coffee cake is a perfect treat with my morning coffee.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel Topping via design. bake. run.
close-up of the cake. see that layer of cinnamon streusel? yummy!

Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel Topping via design. bake. run.
i must bake this coffee cake for breakfast again. especially with fall here already, it would go perfect with that pumpkin spice latte. oh, that just sounds so good right now.

sour cream coffee cake
recipe from king arthur flour

  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) butter
  • 1 cup (7 ounces) sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream or yogurt*

*feel free to use low-fat (NOT nonfat) sour cream or yogurt; if using yogurt, try vanilla or another complementary flavor, if desired.

  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup (8 ounces) chopped walnuts, optional

cream together the butter or margarine, sugar, and eggs. in a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. add the flour mixture to the butter mixture alternately with the sour cream or yogurt, stirring after each addition.

grease and flour a regular-sized (9 1/2-inch) tube pan or bundt-style pan, or a 9 x 9-inch pan. spread half the batter in the pan, and sprinkle with half the topping mixture. repeat with remaining batter and topping.

bake the coffeecake in a preheated 350°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cake tests done. cool it for 10 to 15 minutes, then remove it from the pan. (if you've baked it in a 9 x 9-inch pan, just serve it right from the pan.) place the cake right-side-up (topping up) on a plate to serve.

makes 12 generous servings. enjoy and happy eating! :)

Monday, September 23, 2013

summer berries custards

Summer Berries Custards via design. bake. run.

i've been hitting the farmer's market lately these past several weeks. during one of the outings i bought some blackberries. typically i'd just eat them all in one go, but i was strong enough to not inhaled the entire basket, but instead make something delicious out of them. and these good tasting, eat them warm right out of the oven summer berries custards was what i made with the blackberries. i actually had some blueberries on hand too so i used both. actually, you can even use raspberries or pitted cherries too.

the end result? i didn't really know what to expect. i thought since it was called a custard, i'd expected to be more custardy. but instead it was more like a pudding cake. it's not super sweet so i think you can even add some powdered sugar on top for a little extra if you like. but overall, a good cake. and of course, pudding cakes are big in my household, so we ate it up like that. actually, i think hogged most of the 6 ramekins that i made. but that was because m said he wasn't taking in any processed or added sugar. he hasn't been eating my baked goods since who knows when. maybe 6 weeks going on more? i can't remember.

ok, if you're interested in this recipe, i say why not make some. go out to your local farmer's market or grocery store and grab some of those summer berries before they're really gone for good. i know fall is here already and all those pumpkin baking recipes are popping up everywhere. so bake these for a last summer hurrah or just because. enjoy! :)

Summer Berries Pudding Cake via design. bake. run.
this custard is more like a pudding cake. i love how you get a little bit of the berries in every bite. yum!

summer blackberry custards
recipe from food & wine

  • 6 cups blackberries (2 pounds)
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

  1. preheat the oven to 450°F. spread 1/2 cup of the blackberries in each of twelve 4-ounce gratin dishes. arrange the gratin dishes on 2 baking sheets.
  2. in a bowl, whisk the milk with the cream, eggs, brown sugar, flour, vanilla, lemon juice and orange zest until smooth. ladle 1/4 cup of the custard into each dish; bake for about 15 minutes, until the centers are set. transfer the custards to wire racks and let stand for 30 minutes. serve.

makes 12. or you can half the recipe (which is what i did) and make just 6. enjoy! :)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

salted caramel & fig mini tarts

Salted Caramel & Fig Mini Tarts via design. bake. run.

if you haven't noticed already, in my last few posts i mentioned about having extra heavy whipping cream in the fridge that needed upswing up. i used some of it and made a salted caramel sauce. the recipe made about 1-1/2 cup of caramel sauce and was just sitting in the fridge because i couldn't think of what to use it for. actually, i did end up using some of it as a drizzle for some cream puffs i made. those were so good. you really cannot go wrong with delicious cream puffs with whipped cream filling topped with salted caramel sauce. those were a big hit when i brought them into work to share with everyone. i know i ate 3 of them right off the bat after i assembled them the night before. yes, it's delicious and you can make some yourself if you like. the recipe is here.

so what do you do when you still have about a cup or more of the salted caramel sauce left? ummmm... make some mini tarts with leftover cookie dough. yeah, you can grab any sugar cookie dough and cut them into circles, then stick them in your mini cupcake pans to make your mini tart crust. that's what i did with the one leftover tartine lemon cream tart crust recipe. i still have one left (sitting in the freezer) and finally decided it was about time i put it to use.

and here you have it. these good-looking and very tasty mini salted caramel with fig topping mini tarts. so good. it's like sweetness on top of sweetness on top of sweetness. you can't complain about that. a little sugar overload? sure?! but the caramel gives you just the right amount and hint of salt to make this a truly delicious and sweet bite. i love it!

Salted Caramel & Fig Mini Tarts via design. bake. run.
the sweet tart dough makes the perfect crust for these mini tarts. perfectly sweet and buttery and tastes delicious with everything as a whole.

Salted Caramel & Fresh Fig Mini Tarts via design. bake. run.
you can never go wrong with salted caramel. i love how the salt from the caramel really balanced out all that sugar.

salted caramel & fig mini tarts


  1. prepare the salted caramel sauce and sweet tart dough mini crusts according to their recipes.
  2. once the salted caramel and mini crusts are ready, you're ready to assemble. pour about a teaspoon of the sauce into each cooled mini tart crust. if you need more caramel, add more caramel until it's close to the top. then top it off with a slice of fresh figs. you can even add a dollop of freshly whipped cream too if you like.
  3. that's it. enjoy and happy eating!

makes 24 mini tarts. :)

Friday, September 6, 2013

good eats from this past week

happy friday! as i've mentioned before, i instagram a lot of the food that i consume. okay, maybe not every meal, but some that are worthy of an instagram post. here are some of the goodies i had this past week.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Pecan Sugar Topping via mzrichee on instagram for design. bake. run.
as another friday treat for the office, i made this sour cream coffee cake with cinnamon pecan sugar topping. very good and exactly the way a coffee cake should be – delicious.

Vietnamese BBQ Pork over Rice via mzrichee on instagram for design. bake. run.
i love vietnamese bbq pork over rice or noodles. this is from tu lan (in sf). they finally reopened after a year of hiatus due to health code violations. now, the place looks much better (and cleaner) after the renovations, etc. the food? still taste just as good as before.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookie via mzrichee on instagram for design. bake. run.
seriously one good tasting cookie. you can't go wrong with salted caramel and chocolate.

Boston Creme Pie via mzrichee on instagram for design. bake. run.
we had a birthday in the office this week and boston creme pie (cake) it was. yum!

okay, that's all folks! i'm afraid i don't have recipes for any of the goodies here, but hoping i can post up one for the sour cream coffee cake with cinnamon sugar soon. again, happy friday and enjoy the weekend!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

blueberry-lemon buttermilk cake

Blueberry-Lemon Buttermilk Cake via design. bake. run.

happy september! wow, september already?! i can't believe summer came and went and we're almost into fall. before you know it, it'll be halloween. that's when all the fun begins. you know, the good holiday season with all that fun and festive decorating, baking and cooking. oh, i love the holiday season. now, i don't know about you guys, but typically when i bake a cake with fruit in it, i feel like they always dry out. either i'm not very good or the recipes i've been using aren't quite there (yet). anyway, i came across a cake recipe here a while back while looking for breakfast cakes (or cakes that you can kind of pass for eating in the morning). i don't think i've had a more perfect (fruit) cake than this blueberry-lemon buttermilk cake here. even on day two, unwrapped, it still tasted as if it just came out of the oven a few hours ago. and i swear, i still had some on day four and it was just as good, but note that i cover the cake with plastic wrap after day two.

i'm not sure exactly how i came across it. i've lost the link to this cake recipe so i'm very sad i cannot give credit to whoever came up with the recipe. although i did stumble upon a blackberry cake recipe on food & wine's website and it was almost identical to this. i'm pretty sure whoever came up with the blueberry-lemon cake adapted it from food & wine's blackberry cake recipe. seriously, it was almost the same with a few minor changes. i will have to make that blackberry cake one day soon and see if it is up to par with this one. now trust me when i say this, you cannot go wrong with this recipe. it comes out perfectly moist and stays that way even on day 2 or 3. i couldn't get enough of it and usually i'm the type of person who will eat while baking or soon after baking. but beyond day 1, i forget there's even baked goodies around (most of the time anyway). i remember the other day while at work i thought about having a slice of this cake all day long. the minute i came home, i cut myself a slice and ate it before dinner. mmmm…. so. good.

for sure will i be making this cake again. actually, i've already made this recipe three times within the last week! i made the blueberry-lemon version twice and another one with figs added to it. all three came out perfect and delicious just as expected. i love how it requires no frosting and is perfect the way it is. of course, you can serve it with a little bit of freshly whipped cream on top for that extra touch of creamy sweetness, but i don't think it's necessary. i've eaten it both ways and both options are just as good. it's just a matter of preference i guess.

below's the recipe should you be interested. i say go ahead and make one today. you'll be so glad you did. seriously, delicious right?! i think so. enjoy and happy baking. :)

Blueberry-Lemon Buttermilk Cake via design. bake. run.
this blueberry-lemon cake is so moist and not at all dry. yes, even on day 2 or 3!

Blueberry-Lemon Buttermilk Cake via design. bake. run.
this easy to make and tasty blueberry-lemon buttermilk cake is perfect for those afternoon tea or as a sweet morning treat with that coffee.

Blueberry-Lemon Buttermilk Cake via design. bake. run.
i don't think i've baked or tasted a more yummier cake than this cake right here. for sure will i be making this one over and over again, in all different fruit variations hopefully. and yes, with and without that dollop of freshly whipped cream on top.

blueberry-lemon buttermilk cake

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 sticks (4 oz) butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar, plus 1-1/2 tablespoons for sprinkling on top
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, well shaken
  • 5 oz fresh blueberries (or you can use frozen ones as well, maybe 1/2-1 cup)

  1. preheat oven to 400°f with the rack in the middle of oven. butter or spray (i buttered mine) an 8-inch round cake pan and line with parchment paper. butter or spray the parchment paper.
  2. whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. beat butter and 2/3 cup sugar on medium-high until pale and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. add vanilla extract, lemon juice and lemon zest. add egg and beat well.
  3. at low speed, mix in flour mixture in three batches, alternating with the buttermilk in two batches, mixing until just combined.
  4. add blueberries and fold in with a spoon. pour batter into cake pan, spreading and smoothing the top. sprinkle with 1-1/2 tablespoons sugar (this makes it a little crispy on the top).
  5. bake until cake is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. cool in the pan for 10 minutes then turn out onto a rack and cool to warm, 10 to 15 minutes more.
  7. invert onto a plate and cut into 8 slices.
  8. serve plain or with a dollop of fresh whipped cream. enjoy!

makes 8, or however many you want to slice it. :)
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