Let’s face it, I just can’t resist the scent of fresh-baked bread in the oven. However, seldom as it may, I do fall short on time because of reasons X, Y & Z; -or- our little guy just can’t wait for that dough to rise in two hours; only to wait yet another hour after kneading the bread, er, ummm…you know the drill.
Okay, who doesn’t love brownies? Specially these sticky-finger ones that also stick to your teeth when eating them…hehe…just don’t smile afterwards (or during)! Was on a little baking frenzy yesterday, so here we are! Bet yeah can’t have just one 😉 Served warm, these not-too-sweet brownies are also great à la mode.–gcc
“Tres leches” is Spanish for “three milks.” The cakes that bear this name are sponge cakes that are literally soaked in three types of milk: sweetened condensed, evaporated and half-and-half [for this recipe]. However, whole milk or heavy cream can also be used, depending on your preference. These cakes are also topped simply with a homemade sweetened whipped cream and maraschino cherries.
Good to be back home at my little corner in the kitchen. Visited mom for a few days at our old neighborhood in Brentwood, California and ate like there was no tomorrow. Although back in my cozy kitchen cove, I was not quite ready to dive into the chopping board yet, so I whipped up something quick and easy for dinner. If you recall my baked tortilla chips and dip(s) post on Superbowl Sunday–where I mustered a variety of seasonings for the baked tortillas, last night’s Bacon & Four-Cheese Tortilla Chips with Chunky Guacamole topped with homemade Crispy Bacon Bits dinner made for a wondrous evening of light snacking, yet was filling enough to satisfy my family’s hungry palettes.
Thus, without further delay, below is my rendition of homemade guacamole, chunky style!
Ever since I spotted a tiny little kitchen gadget–doughnut cutter from Williams-Sonoma, I have had the inkling to make doughnuts at home! On a similar note, last week we ventured to a shopping center and luckily enough, I spotted a Williams-Sonoma store. Once in, one of the first things that came to mind, of course, was that inevitable doughnut cutter that has been lingering back and forth in my WS ‘shopping cart’ online. CONSIDERING that it is always best seeing, touching, and experiencing things ‘in-person’, I was beside myself when I finally purchase the doughnut cutter, along with a ‘few’ other little items, that will eventually join the gaggle of gadgets already situated in our kitchen drawer.
With my favorite recipe books lined up and food writing class as we speak, I am off to a good start for the new year! Speaking of which, as I hone in on my Filipino roots, although I don’t practice most, I still like to partake in learning about our traditions, customs and superstitions. In matters of food, part of our customary tradition, or superstition, if you may, in preparation for New Year’s Eve is to have twelve (12) round fruits, each to signify a month of the year. Ideally, twelve different round fruits such as clementines, cantaloupe, grapes, grapefruits, oranges, watermelon–but as it can be challenging to gather all things round and fruity, some of the fruits end up being non-circular such as mangoes, apples or the like. As for me, well, I grabbed one bag of clementines which had at least 12 in a bag, so I was good to go…
Looking for something fancy and fabulous to bake and gift for the holidays? Well, with a little imagination and creativity take a few simple ingredients such as flour, sugar, butter and eggs and get ready to strut their stuff in the kitchen!
Now, do you remember those wonderful glasses with a pattern-etched stamp or glass? I know I do, only I remember them being back at my parents home when I was about 8 years old. Well, who would have thought that these wonderful glasses would add touch of elegance to cookies?
I don’t care much for ‘sweet potatoes’ in general, so it’s really not something you will find at my home often, if at all…with the exception of an intent to make sweet potato fries!
My first encounter with sweet potato fries was only a few months ago when I decided to venture at the frozen section of the Supermarket. There was a 2 for $7 sale on frozen, organic sweet potato fries. I figured, it wouldn’t hurt, right?
It has become a common food item in the Philippines. Its taste and texture closely resemble those of the Puerto Rican bread pan de agua and Mexican bolillos. These breads all use a lean type of dough and follow similar techniques learnt from Spaniards or Spanish-trained bakers early in their history. Despite the Spanish origins of its name, pandesal was introduced in the Philippines in the 16th century. Pandesal originally started out as a plain roll, traditionally served for breakfast and accompanied by butter, cheese, scrambled eggs or filled omelette, sausages, bacon, Spanish sardines, jams, jellies and marmalade, coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
Pandesal can be made from any type of dough and still resemble pandesal as long as the dough is rolled in fine breadcrumbs before baking. The softness of the newer type of pandesal—which consumers unaware of the proper texture now find desirable—is due to a weak dough structure derived from inferior quality flour.
A couple of pandesal variety I made for you are Ube Pandesal and Coconut Pandesal.