Gluten-free mocha almond fudge cupcakes

Continuing from my semi-replication of Chloe Coscarelli’s cupcakes, I wanted to make a mocha almond fudge cupcake but rather than making it vegan, I wanted to make it gluten-free. The main reason why is because I wanted to make the cupcake using almond flour, to really hammer in the almond flavor into the cupcake. The…

Ube Buko Pie

The idea for this dessert came about because I wanted to create something similar to a Chess Pie, a Southern pie that is baked with a buttermilk custard, but I did not want to do something too predictable. So I looked into different kinds of pies that were similar to Chess Pie, and came across…

La fraise au trois lait: strawberry in three milks

This dessert came about when my friend Aria requested an interestingly flavored strawberry ice cream. So I decided on strawberry-goat milk sorbet. And from there, I wanted to come up with an entire concept that circled around this ice cream. The result: la fraise au trois lait, or the strawberry in three milks. I wanted…

Passionfruit Souffle

Passionfruit is easily one of my favorite ingredients of all time. My dad has fond memories of eating a ton of them in Taiwan, mostly because they grow quite frequently there. For me, it is a reminder of my heritage and I just love the sweet-tart flavor of the pulp coupled with the crunch of…

Khanom buang: Thai street crepes

Khanom buang are Thai crepes, which can be either sweet or savory, and are typically found in stalls served as street food. The first time I ever heard about Thai street crepes was actually watching Iron Chef America, Battle Tamarind. The challenger, Hong Thaimee, was making these with her dessert, although she prepared a baked version….

Seashell macaron with key lime kaya

I was actually inspired to do these macarons by two different things. First, my visit to Montage Resort in Laguna Beach. Secondly, a video on Instagram, where I saw people making these. I wanted to keep these macaron on the tropical side, so I filled with with kaya, which is a Malaysian coconut-egg jam, though…

Gluten-free chocolate fondants

I LOVE molten lava cake, also called chocolate fondant or fondant au chocolat if you want to be fancy. The experience of cutting into a chocolate cake and letting that delicious chocolate ooze out, it’s literally one of the most basic forms of food/pastry magic out there. Sorellina in Boston had one of the best lava cakes,…

Miso-butterscotch-togarashi mochi ice cream

This recipe was inspired by a dish I tasted during the Spring Break of my freshman year. It was at Hinoki and the Bird, a restaurant in Century City, and the dessert itself, it sounded really gross. I’ve had terrible miso dessert experiences in the past, such as this miso creme brûlée that tasted like spray…

Passionfruit Gelato

I remember the first time I made passionfruit gelato, I came back to my apartment from a two week break, and I just recalled that I had purchased passionfruits, left them in the fridge, and I didn’t touch them for almost a month. Freaking out, I realized that I needed to preserve them somehow, so I…

Mascarpone-Cherimoya Sorbet

First up, happy leap year, everyone! This recipe is one of the first ice cream recipes I’ve ever made and it’s a really simple process. Hope you all enjoy! Sorbet or sherbet? Whenever it comes to adding cheese or non-milk or cream dairy products to sorbet bases, nobody can ever give me a straight answer on…