Taiwanese Cream Cheese Castella Cake

This is very soft cake, light cottony and fluffy with a hint of cream cheese in it…delicious just as it is or if you prefer with fresh cream, fruits or jams.

Due to the lock down to keep my mind out of this unreal situation I have been baking lots of cake…and so far this cake is one of the best I have ever baked…even my husband gave 11 out of 10…he liked so much that I already made 3 batches and have send a few cakes to our neighbors/friends.

– What is Taiwanese Castella Cake?

According to the internet Taiwanese Castella cake was originated from Japan, it is the simplest cake made with just a handful of ingredients.

My mom tells me that when castella cake reached Taiwan it was considered a delicacy since most of the sweets/desserts at the time was made using rice flour and sugar, therefore desserts made egg and flour was a real treat.

– Why Taiwanese Castella Cake is different?

Now, Castella cake is a staple in Taiwan, we find people lining up to buy freshly baked cake just out of the oven and cut in front of you…how much fresher can it be?

This cake in spite of just a few ingredients is super light, soft and fluffy…resembling a sponge cake. This cake does not use any rising agent such as baking powder…only the foam produced by the egg white.

– Is it hard to bake Castella cake?

Not at all, once you have the right ratio of ingredients, there is no room for mistake. It is true that you will need a few bowls and more gadgets to wash, but all the efforts are well worth it. Once you get to bake this cake you will be hooked, and many versions can be made using the basic ingredients…any citrus, chocolate, coffee, cheese, carrot, sweet potato and so on…

– Cream cheese in the cake batter?

Yes, the small amount of cream cheese in the cake batter will give this cake a creamier texture with a lightly hint of cheese…

– Did I convince you to try baking Castella cake?


  • 6 large eggs (total weight of approximately 300g) separated, (make sure the bowl with egg white does not contain any trace of grease)
  • 120 g cream cheese
  • 70 g vegetable oil (I used sunflower)
  • 70 g milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 90 g cake flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 10 g white vinegar
  • 95 to 115 g white sugar (depending on your taste)


Preheat oven at 285oF

In a small bowl melt together the cream cheese and milk over a double boiler. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Place the vegetable oil in a small pan, heat (low) the oil until approximately 85oC to 90oC (185oF to 194oF). Remove the pan from the heat and pour into the sifted cake flour, mix well to form a thick paste.

Add the cream cheese/milk mixture into the flour mixture and stir, then add the egg yolks 3 at the time, mixing well into the batter each time.

Add the vanilla extract and the salt, the mixture will resemble a pancake batter.

In a large bowl of a hand-held mixer or stand mixer whisk the egg white with the vinegar until large bubbles form.

Add the sugar slowly into thirds. Whisk until soft peaks form (very important that the egg whites are SOFT PEAKS). Do not over beat, the meringue should be shiny and form soft peaks.

Add about ⅓ of the meringue to the egg yolk mixture and mix gently until all the egg white is incorporated to the batter.

Pour the egg yolk mix to the remaining meringue and fold gently until all the egg white is combined to the batter. Do not over mix.

Pour the batter into 2 loaf pans (20 cm x 7 cm or 7 ¾ x 2 ¾ inch) lined with parchment paper.  Tap gently the pan to remove excess of air bubbles.

Place the pan into a tray and fill with approximately 2 cm or ¾ inch of room temperature water and place into the oven.

Bake for 60 to 70 minutes and increase the temperature to 300oF and bake for another 5 minutes.

Remove the pans from the oven and the cake from the pans. Let is sit on a wire rack.

Gently remove the parchment paper and let it cool completely on the wire rack.

Serve at room temperature or cold.

Keep the cake at room temperature for about 3 days and in the refrigerator for up to 7 days, but I guarantee you that it will be gone way before the 3 days.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do…

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Stir-Fried Rice Cake

A delicious and typical Shanghai dish made with chewy rice cakes stir fried together with vegetables and meat, although very popular during Chinese New Year it has been a daily and regular dish on our table.

If you never had this rice cake you are missing out…I can guarantee that once you try, it will be your favorite…

– What is Asian rice cake?

This is not your usual rice cake, the ones that you find in the cracker section of the supermarket…this are made of a mix of regular rice and glutinous rice flour.

The rice cake is opaque and hard when you buy them, and soften once cooked, and have a nice chewiness.

If you like chewy texture you will definitely love these little bites of rice loaded with the broth flavor and packed with lots of vegetables and meat such as pork or chicken.

– Where can I find rice cake?

These rice cake can be found in Asian market as they are very popular in Korean cuisine as well. They are usually in the refrigerator section. They come in various shape, as a stick, peanut shape of sliced.

– How can I cook rice cake?

First you need to soak the rice cake for a few minutes and separate them.  Drain the water and then boil in water. Many recipes skip the boiling part as they add the drained rice cake directly to the stir-fried. I prefer to boil first as give the final dish a less stick together…

– Ready to give this Asian rice cake a try?


  • 300 g pork loin, cut into strips (or chicken if you prefer)
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2.2 lbs ( 1kg) rice cakes
  • 1 medium size napa cabagge, sliced
  • 4-5 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked in warm water and sliced
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 4-5 green onion, cut into 1 inch length
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • ½ tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cooking wine
  • Ground white pepper and salt to taste


Slice the pork into strips and add the garlic, salt, pepper, corn starch and oil. Mix well and let it rest in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to half hour.

Rinse the rice cakes in water and let them soak for a few minutes, then drain.

Cut the napa cabbage into strips. Slice the soaked shiitake mushrooms and the green onion. Set everything aside.

In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, 2 tablespoons water, cooking wine, salt and pepper.

In a large pan pot boil water and place the rice cake until the all come to the surface. Drain well and set aside.

Preheat a wok or large skillet medium-high heat until very hot, add 1 tablespoon oil and sear the pork and browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.

On the same pan add the mushroom, sauté for a minute and then add the sliced onion, cabbage and green onion. Stir fry on high heat for a minute or so.

Add the browned pork back to the pan, the rice cakes and mix well, always scooping up from the bottom of the pan, avoiding the rice cake to stick on the bottom.  Add the mix sauce and mix well until all well combined.

Adjust for more salt or pepper as needed.

Serve immediately, hot.

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Egg Tart

Have you ever had these little gems? Each bite comes with a slightly sweet flaky crust with a creamy egg custard…so good!

– Before the post…a few words regarding today’s situation.

During this uncertain time, I still want to keep my blog on… cooking/baking is a therapy for me.  I have been sharing bread and even meals with friends and neighbors. This is the time where compassion and kindness are the greatest human emotion.

As we are all living the unthinkable, I wish you all faith, courage, patience and love…may this situation be over soon.

– Back to the post…

I still remember when my son was about 1 year and we were in a local dim sum…he loved these egg tarts…but only the custard…he would spoon all the egg custard and leave us the crust…similar to what he did with the Oreo cookies. One day I found all the Oreo cookies in the jar without the cream and all of chocolate wafer cookies had his teeth marks…

– Where are these egg tart originated?

Apparently, these are a lighter version from the Portuguese egg tart (pastel de nata) and were introduced to Hong Kong and Macau by the Portuguese colonizers.

In my opinion the Portuguese tarts custard are denser and milkier as compared to the Chinese one, which has less milk and are shinier.

– Where can I find these egg tarts?

They are usually found in Chinese bakeries and dim sum…and best when served warm.

– Is it a lot of work to make these egg tarts?

For the longest time I want to make these egg tarts but the thought of molding each tart by hand individually was too intimidating…until this past Saturday when nothing was planned, and I decided to work on it…

To my surprised it was a piece of cake…and not as laborious as I thought…making the crust was easy, molding it too a bit of time since it had to be done one by one, and the egg custard was super, I repeat super easy.

– How can I store the leftover egg tarts?

You can store them in the refrigerator and use a toaster oven or an air-fryer to warm them since they are better when served warm.

– Are you ready to try?

This recipe was inspired by Kathrine Kwa YouTube video  with minor adjustments.


Crust dough

  • 100 g butter, slightly softened
  • 30 g sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 200 g all-purpose flour

Egg custard

  • 4 large eggs, I used extra large eggs
  • 250 ml boiling water
  • 100 g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100 ml milk


Crust dough

Using a hand mixer, soften the butter until creamy, add the sugar and continue to mix, stopping occasionally and scrap the sides of the bowl.

Gently whisk the egg and add to the butter mixture, half at the time until creamed mixture.

Slowly add the sieved flour into the creamed mixture and use a spatula to mix until resembles a coarse crumble.

Using your hands put together the coarse crumble into a ball. Wrap the dough with plastic film and refrigerate for approximately 30 minutes.

In the meantime, make the egg custard.

Egg custard

Dissolve the sugar into the hot water, mix well until all the sugar is dissolved. And set aside until cool to room temperature.

Whisk eggs gently, add the milk and vanilla extract. Pour the sugar water to the egg mixture and stir it. To avoid bubbles do not whisk vigorously.

Strain the egg mixture to a very fine mesh strainer.


Preheat oven to 300oF.

Remove the crust dough from the refrigerator and using a roller pin flat the dough to approximately 2 mm (⅛ in).

Cut dough with a cookie cutter that is just a bit larger than your tart tin in size. Line dough in the middle of tart tins, one by one.

Lightly press the dough with your thumbs, starting from the bottom then up to the sides. While pressing the dough, turn the tart tin clockwise/anti-clockwise in order to make an even tart shell. Trim away any excess dough.

Alternatively, you can weight approximately 25-28 g of the of the dough, make a ball and place in the center of the tart tins and with your thumbs press until the dough covers the tin like the method describe above.

Use a fork and poke holes the bottom of the dough. Pour the egg mix into the tart shells and bake for 15 minutes, or until the edges of the tarts are lightly browned. Turn the oven temperature down to 275oF and continue to bake for another 10 minutes. Keep an eye on the tarts and once the egg custard starts to puff up, open a little the oven door to avoid the custard to over bake.

To make sure the egg custard is done, poke a toothpick at the center of the tart and if the toothpick standstill, the tarts are done.

Remove form the oven and let cool on the wire rack.

Serve warm.

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Taro Swiss Cake Roll

This simple Swiss roll cake loaded with creamy, sweet and nutty taro filling is amazingly delicious. The soft and cottony cake layer with the purple cream is just heaven…

As mentioned on my previous post…here I am with another taro post, this time taro was made into a creamy and rich filling for Swiss roll cake.

If you are interested in learning more about taro root, please check my previous post

– Why this cake is different?

Yes, you read it right, the filling of this cake is made with taro…taro can be used in savory or sweet dish, it is super versatile and packed with healthy elements in it.

– Can I find this kind of cake in Asian bakeries?

Yes, again, you can find taro filled cake (birthday cake) with layers of taro cream in between cake. They even decorate the cake in purple so you are aware of its flavor.

– Ready to try this unique taro filling?


Taro filling

  • 500 g taro cut into small cubes of approximately ½ in
  • 1 can low fat coconut milk
  • 60 g sugar or more if you prefer a bit sweeter

Cake Roll

  • 3 eggs
  • 35 g vegetable oil (I used sunflower)
  • 30 g milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 60 g cake flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 6 g white vinegar
  • 60 g sugar


Taro filling

In a medium pot add the taro and the coconut milk. Cook under medium heat for approximately 10 minutes.

Add the sugar and stir gently. Cook for another 5 to 10 minutes. At this point the taro will be soft and breaking/melting into the coconut milk.

If you like with little pieces of taro, remove from the heat and let it cool. If you like creamier, let it cook a couple more minutes and mashed the remaining pieces of taro into the cream.

Let the taro cream cool completely and store in the refrigerator.

Cake Roll

Preheat oven at 275oF.  Line a 9 x 13 inch (23 x 33 cm) jelly pan with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, mix cake flour with salt., and set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together egg yolks, oil, milk, vanilla extract. Add the sifted mix of cake flour and salt to the egg yolk mixture. Mix well until smooth and all the flour is well incorporated, resembling a pancake mix batter.

In a large bowl of a hand-held mixer or stand mixer whisk the egg white with the vinegar until large bubbles form. Add the sugar slowly into thirds. Whisk until medium/firm peaks form. Do not over beat, the meringue should be shiny and form soft but firm peaks.

Add about ⅓ of the meringue to the egg yolk mixture and mix gently until all the egg white is incorporated to the batter.

Pour the egg yolk mix to the remaining meringue and fold gently until all the egg white is combined to the batter.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking sheet and spread evenly. Gently tap the pan against the counter to remove excess of air bubbles. Bake at for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

Remove cake from the oven and transfer it with its parchment paper onto a wire rack and let it cool.

Flip the cake to another piece of parchment paper of silicone mat.

Peel the parchment paper from the cake and roll it. Let the cake cool.

Unroll the cake and spread a thin layer of the cooled taro filling. Roll back and wrap tightly with a plastic wrap.

Place the cake roll in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before serving.

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Taro Savory Cake

This is a very typical Chinese dish found in dim sum…super easy and it makes a great side dish, loaded with lots of flavors.

I got a big package of fresh peeled taro root when at the local Asian store and after many debate (between myself) decided to make two dishes with it…one is this savory cake and the next will be on my next week post…so be patience as you will see two recipes using taro…

This recipe is not very different from the Taiwanese Turnip Cake…I mainly added taro instead of turnip and much less rice flour, so the taro would be the star of this dish.

– What is taro root?

Taro root is very popular in Asian cuisine, it is like potato, starchy but with a sweet and nutty note in its flavor. Taro grows in tropical and sub-tropical climate, therefore a staple food in countries with such a climate.

Taro has purple speckles all over its flesh and it can be fried, boiled, roasted, simmered, mashed…made into savory or sweet dish.

– Have you ever had this savory taro cake?

If you had not tried this dish, I urge you to try next time when visiting a dim sum restaurant. It is commonly found in dim sum cart, but I must admit that this might not be one of the popular dishes if you are not familiar with it…they usually fry right there before serving…

– How you serve this savory cake?

It is usually served with a side of hot sauce. The cake is first steamed and just before serving is pan fried, so it is somehow crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

– How this savory taro cake tastes?

Although very typical Chinese dish, my husband really enjoys it, the taro root is embraced with a thin layer of rice flour surrounded by savory pieces of Chinese sausage and shitake mushroom…

– Are you ready to try this super simple and yet delicious savory cake?


  • 600 g taro (approximately), peeled and cut into cubes, ½ in
  • 4 -5 dry shitake mushrooms
  • 4 Chinese sausages
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • ½ bunch green onion
  • 250 g rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Salt and white pepper to taste


In a small bowl soak the mushrooms in ½ cup warm water for approximately 20 minutes or until softened. Drain and squeeze dry, reserving the soaking liquid. Remove the stems and cut into small pieces.

Finely cut the Chinese sausage into small pieces, chop finely the green onion and both aside.

In a pan or wok, add the oil and sauté the taro cubes, until slightly brown, stirring constantly, add 2 tablespoons of water and continue to cook for a minute or so.

In the meantime, in a medium bowl mix the rice flour 550 ml of liquid (from mushroom water and plain water).

Add the sauté taro into the rice and water mixture and stir until well mixed and all the taro are coated with the rice mixture. Set aside.

On the same pan add the sausage, mushroom and green onion, sauté until golden and fragrant.

Return rice flour/taro mixture back to the pan and add salt, pepper. Cook under medium heat, stirring constantly as the rice flour batter cook the consistency will thicken.

Transfer the batter into a heatproof container (I used a rectangle Pyrex) and steam under medium-high heat. I used Tatung steamer, added 2 cups of water on the outside and set it to steam.

If steaming in the stove, make sure to check the water level and replenish if necessary. Once cooked remove the bowl from the steamer and allow to cool before slicing.

Remove the cake from the container and slice into approximately ½ inch thick or into cubes. Pan fry with a little of oil until both sides are golden brown.

Serve immediately, with the hot sauce of your preference.

– If you are looking for more Asian Inspired recipe, please check these out…

Did you know that taro contains a large amount of dietary fiber? Taro is a starch vegetable like potato, but with much more content of fiber. Uncooked taro contains calcium oxalate crystals which can irritate throat and mouth. Once cooked these needle-like toxins are eliminated and great for human consumption.

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Kabocha no Nimono

This is a super easy side dish that can be served cold or warm, not to mention that is healthy and loaded with vitamin A and dietary fiber.

My parents had a lot of Japanese influence when growing up as Taiwan was dominated by Japan.  In Brazil, we grew up eating a variety of Taiwanese, Japanese and Brazilian food and most of the time I did not even know the name of the dishes. This recipe of kabocha no Nimono, meaning boiled or simmered kabocha was one of them.

Kabocha is one of my favorite pumpkin and besides, making soup, air-fry, roast, in bread dough, I love the no Nimono recipe as it is very practical.

If you get to try this simple and easy recipe please be careful when cutting the kabocha. Somehow, they are hardy and very hard to cut as compared to the other pumpkins. And yes, you can eat the skin…

– What is kabocha?

Kabocha is a Japanese pumpkin, and its texture is denser than the other species. It carries a sweet touch., and the flesh is dark orange.

– That is no Nimono?

“no Nimono” in Japanese means simmered…and is a classic Japanese dish. The pieces of kabocha are simmered in a broth that is savory and sweet. And they taste better when it’s made ahead and stored in the broth for a while, so each piece is loaded with the broth flavor.

The kabocha has a very distinctive texture as compared to the other pumpkins, once cooked is very creamy and rich despite of the hard texture when raw.

– Are you ready to try this very simple and yet so tasty kabocha?

Like all the recipes I share, it is up to you to add a bit more of salt or sugar, it all depends of your liking so please feel free to experiment.


  • 1 medium kabocha, a little more the 1 kg (2 lbs)
  • 500 ml of water
  • 4 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons sugar (if you like sweeter, add 1 extra tablespoon)
  • 5 tablespoons sake
  • 5 tablespoons mirin


Wash the kabocha by scrubbing the skin. Cut into approximately 3-4 cm (1.5 inch).

In am medium pan add the kabocha, and all the listed ingredients. Bring to boil and lower the heat to a simmer, leaving the lid slightly ajar (to let the steam escape).

Simmer until the kabocha softened, approximately 20-25 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Cover and let the kabocha sit in the broth until cool.

Place in the refrigerator once cool.

Serve cold or reheat to serve.

– Looking for more pumpkin recipes? Check these out…

Did you know that kabocha, like all the pumpkins are a rich source of vitamin A and C? Not only has low-calorie, the kabocha squash is rich in iron, vitamin B, beta-carotene, copper, magnesium, many antioxidants, also contain dietary fiber.

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Purple Daikon Radish Salad

The salad with this beautiful and colorful radish is super easy, you just need a few ingredients for this crispy and refreshing salad.

I hope you all had a nice and fun Thanksgiving with your loved ones…after so many days of eating this super simple and easy salad using purple daikon radish is perfect as a side dish…refreshing and crisp…and I bet you have all the ingredients in your kitchen!

– Have you ever seen the purple daikon radish?

I pick it up when browsing at our local farmer’s market.

– What is daikon radish?

Daikon radish is very popular in Asia, it is normally white and long like carrot. Daikon radish are mild in taste when compared to the red radishes. They are crisp and taste peppery like the red radish with a hint of sweetness.

– How daikon radish is used in Asian dishes?

Daikon can be pickled and cooked in Asian dishes.  When pickled they are used as side dishes. Daikon can be added to soups and stews.

– When it is best time to buy daikon radish?

Although you can find daikon radish year-round at the grocery, it is believed that have a nicer and sweeter flavor during fall and winter seasons.  I remember my mom, up to this day always emphasizing how tasty are daikons during winter.

– How to pick daikon radish?

Daikon varies in size and color, as the Korean daikon are rounded as compared to the Japanese/Chinese ones. You should pick the ones that are firm, smooth skin and heavy.

– Can I eat the leaves from daikon radish?

Absolutely, all the leaves from the radish family are edible. As a matter of fact my purple daikon radishes came with leaves (forgot to take picture). After washing very well, cut into small pieces and sauté with garlic.

– Are you ready to try this beautiful color daikon?


  • Purple daikon radish
  • Olive oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper


Wash and peel the daikon.

Slice the daikon very thinly, using a mandolin or a sharp knife.

Place all the sliced daikon in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.

Toss until all the slices of daikon is coated with the mixture of olive oil and apple cider vinegar.

Ready to serve.

– Looking so more simple and easy side dishes?

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Did you know that daikon is super rich in vitamin C? Daikon radish are low in calories and high in fiber, therefore it might promote weight loss. Due to the nutrients in daikon such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and copper, it is believed that consuming daikon may protect against chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases.

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Gooey Ugly Sticky All Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll

As the title says…this is super gooey, super ugly and super sticky cinnamon rolls made with pumpkin dough and pumpkin jam as a topping…and super delicious.

This all pumpkin rolls, literally pumpkin in the dough and pumpkin in the topping are super, let me emphasize, super delicious if you are an all pumpkin fan like I am.  Every bite is screaming pumpkin…the soft and cottony dough filled with pumpkin spice, sugar and butter covered with a layer (or two) of gooey and sticky pumpkin jam is absolutely heaven…

– Why these pumpkin cinnamon rolls are different?

To keep the color of the dough pretty I did not add the pumpkin spice in the dough. Each roll is smeared with pumpkin jam. Pumpkin jam was made using pumpkin puree, butter and sugar…cooked until thicken.

– Are these all pumpkin rolls healthy?

I must admit, these rolls are very unusual for me, as I always try to cut fat and sugar in my baking…not this time…I did not want to jeopardize the taste and flavor of these rolls so I went all the way…be aware…these rolls are not your typical heart-healthy rolls…but they taste so good…finger licking…so please eat with moderation (if you can).

– What is the texture of these buns?

As always, I used the tangzhong or water roux method, therefore the texture of these rolls is super soft and cottony and stay fresh for many days.

– Where did the pumpkin jam come from?

In Brazil there are many kinds of pumpkin desserts, which it is called “doce de abobóra”, “doce” means sweet and “abobóra” means pumpkin.  These sweets can be made into cubes of pumpkin or as a paste. Usually the pumpkin is cooked with sugar, cinnamon and cloves…coconut can be added as well.

So, I decided to give these pumpkin cinnamon rolls a touch of the Brazilian “doce de abobóra”. In this recipe I did not add cinnamon nor cloves when making the pumpkin jam, but feel free to add.

– Are you ready to try it?


Water roux or Tangzhong

  • 30 g bread flour
  • 150 ml water

Pumpkin bread dough

  • 550 g bread flour
  • 250 g pumpkin puree
  • 80 g sugar
  • 8 g salt
  • 8 g yeast
  • 8 g vital gluten
  • 50 ml non-fat milk
  • 60 g butter, room temperature


  • 40 g butter, room temperature
  • 50 – 60 g sugar
  • 1 ½ to 2 ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice

Pumpkin jam

  • 150 g pumpkin puree
  • 80 g sugar
  • 10g butter


Water roux or Tangzhong

Whisk together the water and the flour until the mixture is well blended and free of lumps.

Stir the mixture while it cooks over the medium heat to reach 65oC/149 – 150F. It takes about 2-3 minutes.

Continue whisking until the mixture starts to thicken. The mixture of flour will have “lines”.

Remove from the heat.

Transfer to a bowl, cover with a plastic film to avoid “skin” from forming.

Ready to add to the bread dough once is cool.

Water roux or Tangzhong can bend kept in the fridge for up to 48 hours.

Pumpkin bread dough

In the mixer, add all the water roux, and all the other ingredients under bread, except for the butter.

Turn the machine and stir for 2 to 3 minutes, until a uniform very wet and sticky dough.

Increase the speed to “2” and let it mix for 15 minutes. The dough should be very sticky. Do not add extra flour as the dough will be less sticky as gluten forms.

Add the butter and mix for 15 to 20 minutes more. Take a small portion of the dough (like a golf ball) and stretch gently until a very thin and transparent membrane (windowpane).

If the dough tears mix for another 2-3 minutes until you achieve the windowpane test. The window pane test demonstrates that the gluten is very well developed, and it will create a very light crumb. The dough should be very elastic.

Remove the dough from the mixer and place in a bowl by covering with a plastic film.

Let dough proof until the dough tripled to its original size.

In the meantime, mix together the sugar and pumpkin spice and set aside.



Now it is time to shape the rolls…

Knock back the dough and in a lightly floured surface open the dough into a rectangle of approximately 40 x 30 cm (16 x 12 in).

Brush the softened butter onto the dough and be sure to leave around 2 cm (1 in) on the edge of the long side of the rectangle.

Sprinkle the mixture of the pumpkin spice and sugar all over the layer of butter.

Roll up the dough tightly from the long side of the rectangle.

Cut the rolls, 1 ½ in approximately and arrange the rolls evenly in a baking pan.

Cover the pan and let the rolls rise until it doubled the original size.

Bake in a pre-heated oven of 350oF, for 18 to 20 minutes.

While the rolls are in the oven, make the pumpkin jam.

In a small pan add all the ingredients under the pumpkin jam and cook under medium heat. Once boiled, simmer and stir occasionally, until the mixture has thickened, and you can see the bottom of the pan.

Remove from the heat and let it cool.

Once the rolls are baked, remove from the oven and place them in a wire rack to cool.

Smear the pumpkin jam on the rolls and serve.

Store the rolls in an airtight container.

– Looking for more pumpkin recipes? Check these out…

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Indonesian Vanilla Chiffon Cupcake

These chiffon cupcakes are soft, moist and loaded with vanilla flavor…they melt in your mouth…and yes, perfect for any occasion.

I was approached by Nilsen-Massey to review one of their latest products, Ugandan Pure Vanilla Extract or Indonesian Pure Vanilla Extract…I decided on the Indonesian Vanilla as it was described “as perfect for high-heat applications and for its strong flavor with woody, smoky notes”.

Please note that I received the sample of the product free of charge for review purpose and I was not financially compensated for this post, all the opinions are completely mine own based on my experience.

In this recipe I separated egg whites from the yolks, therefore, I thought it was a great opportunity to share “How to Separate Eggs and Whisk” with you, as this video is part of the, “Better Your Bake” campaign.

Nielsen-Massey extracts are my favorite. I have been using them sinceI  was introduced to it years ago…and yes, they have a variety of extracts that can accommodate all your baking needs.

– Why should you make these Indonesian Vanilla cupcakes?

Not only these cupcakes are perfect for any occasion, most importantly you can eat them plain or dress them anyway your heart desire…

– How these cupcakes taste?

They are light, super soft and melt in you mouth, and yes, they can be store in the refrigerator for days  in airtight containers without loosing its texture.

– Can I use different size?

Absolutely, you can use the conventional cupcakes liner, any size, just make sure to adjust the baking time.

– Ready for the recipe?


  • 5 large eggs (total weight of approximately 300g) separated, (make sure the bowl with egg white does not contain any trace of grease)
  • 60 g vegetable oil (I used sunflower)
  • 55 g milk
  • 1 teaspoon Indonesian Vanilla Extract
  • 80 g cake flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 10 g white vinegar
  • 85 g sugar


Preheat oven at 325oF.

Place the vegetable oil in a small pan, heat (low) the oil until approximately 70oC (simmering). Remove the pan from the heat and add the sifted flour in the oil, mix well to form a thick paste.

Add the milk to the flour mixture and stir, then add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing well into the batter.

Add the vanilla extract and the salt, the mixture will resemble a pancake batter.

In a large bowl of a hand-held mixer or stand mixer whisk the egg white with the vinegar until large bubbles form. Add the sugar slowly into thirds. Whisk until medium/firm peaks form. Do not over beat, the meringue should be shiny and form soft but firm peaks.

Add about ⅓ of the meringue to the egg yolk mixture and mix gently until all the egg white is incorporated to the batter.

Pour the egg yolk mix to the remaining meringue and fold gently until all the egg white is combined to the batter. Do not over mix.

Scoop the batter into paper lined cups about ⅔ way full.  Tap gently the cups (or tray) to remove air bubbles.

Lower the temperature to 300oF and bake in water bath for 35 to 45 minutes or until the cake is cooked throughout.

Remove pan from the oven and carefully place the cupcakes on a wire rack to cool completely.

Frost the cooled cupcakes as desired. Best to keep them in the refrigerator until time to serve.

– More cake recipes? Check these out…

Did you know that vanilla is derived from a species of orchid? According to Wikipedia, vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron. There are three major species of vanilla, Madagascar and Indonesia produce two thirds of the world’s supply of vanilla.

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Hot Dog Buns

These hot dogs are wrapped in a layer of bread, each bite of the salty hot dog is accompanied by a slightly sweet and super soft bread…the combination is amazing!

Typically, I do not buy hot dogs…but I had two packages in the freezer left from July 4th, after going through all the options I decided to make these buns…and it was so much fun…and yes, it is a lot of hot dog buns for two people. I gave away most of it to friends and neighbors and save some in the freeze, which was great as a snack or in between meals.

– Why you should try making hot dog in a bun?

Because they are fun and so good, and for sure less messy than the traditional way to eat hot dogs, not bread cutting and hot dog sliding from the bun. Just dip them into your favorite condiments.

– Can you make ahead and freeze?

Absolutely, after baking the buns, let them cool and freeze. Let the buns thaw in the refrigerate overnight and warm them in the microwave or in the oven.

– What kind of bread dough?

I used gelatinized dough in the making of the bread, where part of the flour is scalded with hot water before adding to the bulk. This method is very popular in Asian baking goods, similar to tangzhong or water roux, the bread will be fluffy, light and will stay soft for many days.

– What is the chemistry behind flour gelatinization?

I found a great website which you can read more about if interested in the chemistry of this method, please take a look HERE.

– Should we explore the recipe?


Gelatinized dough

  • 180 g bread flour
  • 120 g boiling water

Bread dough

  • 570 g bread flour
  • 110 g sugar
  • 9 g salt
  • 9 g yeast
  • 180 g heavy cream
  • 100 g milk
  • 1 ½ egg (save the ½ egg for egg wash)
  • 60 g butter
  • White sesame


Gelatinized dough

Add the boiling water from into flour, mix until well until a dough form. Cover and let it cool. Place the dough in the refrigerator for about 12 hours.

On the day of making the bread. Take the gelatinized dough from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperate for about 15 minutes.

Bread dough

In the mixer, add all the gelatinized dough, and all the other ingredients under bread dough, except for the butter.

Turn the machine and stir (#1) for 2 to 3 minutes, until a very sticky dough form, refrain from adding more flour as gluten forms the dough will be less sticky.

Increase the speed to #2 and let it mix for 20 minutes. The dough will remain somehow sticky but very elastic.

Add the butter and mix for another 10 to 15 minutes using #2 speed.

Take a small portion of the dough and stretch until a very thin and transparent membrane (windowpane), if the dough tears, mix for another 4-5 minutes and perform the stretch test until you achieve a very thin and transparent membrane. This test suggests that the gluten has developed.

Remove the dough from the mixer and place in a bowl and cover. Let dough proof until tripled to its original size.

Once the dough has triples in size, remove the dough from the bowl and lightly knead the dough pressing out the bubbles. Divide the dough into 50 g each. Roll into smooth balls, cover with cloth and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.

On a lightly floured work surface, flatten each dough and roll out to form a longish oval shape. Starting from the longer end, roll it up swiss-roll style. Roll into a long rope, about 3 times the length of a hot dog.

Wrap the rope around the hot dog from one end to the other. Place in a baking pan and rest it rise until double in size.

Brush the top of the buns with the egg wash and (remember the ½ egg from the dough?), and sprinkle with white sesame.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350oF for 15 minutes.

Remove and serve warm or let it cool and freeze.

– Care for more bread recipes? Check these out…

Did you know that hot dogs are made with beef, pork, turkey, chicken or a combination of the meats? Although some hot dogs contain other parts of the meat that we normally do not consume, therefore it is important that you read the label when buying hot dogs. Because hot dogs are processed meat, it should be consumed cautiously.

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