Red Bean Matcha Cream Puffs

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I know lately on my blog everything has been matcha-this-matcha-that when really it should be pumpkin-this-pumpkin-that, but let’s say we’re going through a matcha “module”?

At school we’ve just started our respiratory module, and judging from the schedule it’s more intense than anything we’ve done (lots of prereading and prep and assessments) but at the same time it’s exciting to have everything be all integrated and fit together.

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Red Bean Challah

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I’ve been baking as a hobby for a long time now, since I was eight or so. And it never ceases to amaze me– the transformation that takes place in the oven. My heart still beats a little faster from the excitement as I turn on the oven light to check in on whatever I’m baking. Sometimes I get panicky if I see that something’s overflowing, like a bubbling pie that I forgot to put a tray under, or muffin cups that I’ve eagerly overfilled. Most of the time I can tell that something’s almost done baking… its scent starts to waft through the house.

This challah is a perfect example of that. It came together so fast that I was disappointed it was over already. Literally less than 10 minutes to measure out and combine the ingredients. After that, all the work is done by the mixer to knead the dough, and by the yeast to perform its magic to aerate the dough.

Then you weave and shape the challah– therapeutic, really– and after a transformation in the oven, you’ll quickly be rewarded with a tender, soft, light bread.

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Matcha Banana Cake with Black Sesame Brittle

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This cake was for my dad’s birthday, which I remembered just in time. With about an hour left in the day. I was just shocked because I never forget, but I guess October just crept in on me.

It’s hard baking for my parents, because they don’t actually like sweets and desserts. Last year while in Paris, I got some pastries from Pierre Hermé as my “birthday cake”, which I freaked out over the entire time eating it (as you can imagine)– scrutinizing and appreciating every component, every layer, every texture. I was so excited. Then my dad said something along the lines of, “this is good, but I’d rather eat lobster”. Um, excuse you dad, but lobsters are BORN delicious (sorry vegetarians/vegans)… these pastries had to be conceived, developed and refined, sourcing the best ingredients, until perfection was attained. Anyway, my point is, it’s really hard to impress my parents with sweet things.

Despite knowing he’d rather have lobster, I thought that at least I’ll make his cake with familiar flavours– matcha and black sesame.

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Strawberry Pearl Yogurt Cake

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The fact that it’s now October makes the whole denying-summer-is-over a bit rougher, but a girl can dream, can’t she? Actually, I’m surprised at how many nice, sunny days we’ve gotten so far (good job, Raincouver)…I went on a quick hike just this past Sunday. That being said, the beauty of fall foliage is undeniable, especially as I walk down Main Mall on my campus. I’ve always thought it a bit Central Park-esque with its impressive trees.

Well, I’m not quite ready to usher in pumpkin spice er’thang yet, but this spiced strawberry pearl yogurt cake is a nice compromise.

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