Keep Calm and Bake On…

Things have been a little stressful these past few days, so when that happens, there is an influx of baking over weekend. Am I alone in this? I could cook too but baking is so much more relaxing to me because of the precision that is needed to ensure the baked item comes out exactly as it should. It just calms me and I can think or not think or do whatever for a good 20 minutes before popping it in the oven. What ends up happening is my office and friends benefit greatly from this… lol

I made two different things over the weekend but one of them was for our good friend’s Dirty 30 birthday. Concidentally, I made two super Chocolate items. I made the Brooklyn Crumb Cake below which I was quite pleased with because believe it or not – it was my first layered cake. Double layered chocolate cake with a chocolate ganache layer covered with the same ganache and then you use the trimmings (aka Baker’s reward) to sprinkle all over the cake. It came out quite nice so I was pretty pleased. (its all those episodes of Cake Boss watching them shape and slice the cakes – lol) The birthday party gave very positive feedback. Wongawitz was like oh you can tell it was nice and moist because people weren’t chugging back water, it was the frosting… lol ok thanks cake connesiour…

Brooklyn Crumb Cake
Brooklyn Crumb Cake

The second chocolate goodie was the XXL Death by Chocolate Cookie courtesy of Sally’s Baking Addiction. First of all, I just want to say I love her blog. I always go to hers when I’m needing a recipe for something and usually find something fun to bake. For this recipe though i did modify slightly since I made 3 of them. I just threw in 2 eggs versus 6TBS. and btw, measuring out 2 TBS of eggs is not that easy. I also baked it for about 20 minutes since there was three of them.

It's the size of my hand!
It’s the size of my hand!
and a loner shot..
and a loner shot..

Pretty fun to make them and I guess I’m kinda ready for Monday but not really… I just want to wake up, go workout, and watch some HGTV and TLC while vegging out on my couch… is that so much to ask?

National Donut Day came and went…

Sorry!! I am going to do my best to set a side time every Sunday to update this blog. However, I am traveling the next two weekends due to weddings – NY and Portland but then again I will have time on the plane.

So anywho, National Donut Day came and went. I celebrated by baking my heart out and not eating any. I know I know… I’m weird but the sweet tooth just isn’t there. I have been like this since I was little. However, when I was younger (like a lot younger), my favorite donut was the tiger tail donut. This is a long twisted donut that two flavored of plain and chocolate as seen below

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I remember going to the grocery store with my mom and once in a while spying one and asking to get it. I’m also a fan of the Classic Oldie – Plain Glazed… no frills and just plain delish. I don’t do the jam or the excessive glaze with sprinkles, etc.. It’s just too much and took away from enjoying the nicely fried dough. However, now that I am in the beginnings of my 30s and my metabolism isn’t exactly that of a ten year old, i don’t really go for those things. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy finding some good recipes and making them for friends and work. With that said, I made it a National Donut Day Weekend with Black Sesame Matcha Glazed, Brown Butter Chocolate Glazed Donuts, and finally Green Milk Tea Donuts with a Milk Tea Glaze. Warning – these were all Baked which led to this convo…

Me: hey TB (my hubs), do you want to try one?

TB: Yes! and he proceeds into the kitchen for a chocolate one

Me: how was it?

TB: ehhh I was expecting something else. I thought it was fried.

Me: DID YOU HEAR OIL FRYING?

TB: ok i feel like i just said the wrong thing…

The consensus was that while all three were good, the favorite amongst my friends was the Green Milk Tea Donut.

and I’m a noob as I forgot to take WIP pictures so I share with you a picture of the finished product along with recipes…

Black Sesame Matcha at the top, Brown Butter Chocolate Glazed at the bottom
Black Sesame Matcha at the top, Brown Butter Chocolate Glazed at the bottom

For these two donuts, I pretty much adopted the recipes from The Little Epicuream and Spoonful of Flavor below except for the glazing, I always use less powdered sugar. Powdered sugar is much sweeter and even though I’m not eating this, I still think too much is too much. Also be careful as its quick to thickening but you can adjust with milk.

However, for the Green Tea Milk Tea which is adopted from Adventures in Cooking, I used Green Tea instead of Oolong Tea and used a lot less powdered sugar again… If you are a Milk Tea lover like me, the aroma from making the tea is pretty awesome…

Green Milk Tea with Milk Tea Glaze
Green Milk Tea with Milk Tea Glaze
Oolong Donuts
2 and 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cloves
3/4 cup milk
1 tbs of green tea
3 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Milk Tea Glaze
1/2 cup milk, hot
3 bags of black tea
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
Bring milk to a boil and add in the green tea. You can use tea bags or just throw in the actual tea leaves. The actual tea leaves makes the flavor stronger. After you can either just bake it in or collinder it out. Once boiled, let it soak on low heat for about 10 minutes. Allow to cool for an hour.
Once the milk is ready, preheat oven to 350F. Mix together all the dry products. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, oil, and sugar until well blended. Add in the milk tea, buttermilk, and vanilla. After this slowly add in the flour mix in thirds. Once all mixed, scoop into donuts pans and bake for 12-15 minutes. I used both the normal and mini size donut pans and about 12 minutes was perfect. One thing that happened to me during my donut adventures was the part of the donuts that faced up were sticky so I glazed this side versus the bottom.
So this was my National Donut Day goodies.. and I know its late but I hope you enjoy!

Let’s try this again…

I have a confession – this isn’t actually my first blog. I started one a few years back and after a couple of posts abandoned it because well I got busy. I was suppose to start another with a friend and subsequently we both got busy and didn’t even finish setting it up. What’s different this time? Not sure really except that I’m older, married, and feel that our families will like a way to keep up to date with our lives… and they say third times the charm…

So here goes again… I told my sister this and first thing she said to me was perhaps I should fancy taking some photography classes cause apparently my instagram pictures are not up to par (lol) but one thing at a time…

Welcome to my blog which will involve more than just my baking adventures but also happenings at Casa de Wong and other musings…