Dec 182013
 

It’s been such a long time since my last recipe post! I’ve been doing a lot of recipe discovery lately, trying to fit in the winter/holiday theme. I don’t usually do much holiday prep, but trying to get into it a bit more this year.

Butternut squash is one of my favorite winter squashes. It has such a warm and hearty flavor, and it’s great in everything from soups to stir-fries to dessert! Recently, I came across a recipe for butternut squash quick-bread and knew immediately that I had to try it.

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The squash is first roasted with butter and brown sugar, then puréed and incorporated into a quick bread flour mixture with plenty of spices. I absolutely loved the taste. It was rich and moist, and I had originally thought to serve it with a dollop of cream cheese, but it turned out delicious on its own.

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Nov 222013
 

I’ve already posted once about my recent visits to 85°C Bakery in Irvine, one of my favorite Taiwanese bakeries (in the U.S.). I felt like I purchased way too much stuff to fit into one post, so I split it into two, haha. It’s actually taken S and me quite a while to finish all the breads – thankfully, nothing got moldy or stale. We usually refrigerate everything (sometimes, I put it in resealable bags) and toast the breads before eating them – there’s nothing like warm bread. Anyway, enough small talk; I’m going straight to the pastries.

Green Tea & Red Bean Roll; Coconut Custard Roll

Green Tea & Red Bean Roll; Coconut Custard Roll

Green Tea & Red Bean Roll

Green Tea & Red Bean Roll

These were actually gifts for my friends; I’ve had both of these roll cakes before, and they’re both soft and fluffy sponge cakes with fresh cream rolled in the middle. I prefer the coconut custard roll, which has a pretty strong coconut flavor and is quite sweet (but is an awesome tea time snack), but my friend’s favorite is the green tea & red bean. I’ve never been a fan of red bean, but the green tea taste is really mellow and fragrant. I wish they made a roll that was just green tea, haha.

Coffee & Raisin Bread

Coffee & Raisin Bread

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Nov 082013
 

As I mentioned, I’ve made a couple of trips to LA/Lake Arrowhead recently (and one more trip to come). I almost always try to stop by the Taiwanese bakery 85°C in Irvine on my way back from LA, because I love the pastries there. 85°C Bakery is a chain from Taiwan, but surprisingly the breads here are actually much better quality than in the same store in Taiwan. S thinks it’s because Taiwan is almost saturated with bakeries, and 85°C can’t really compare with the competition, but in the US, it’s easily one of the best.

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Located in the Diamond Jamboree plaza, it’s one of many Asian shops/restaurants in the area. The parking lot is usually quite crowded, but there is a parking garage in the back. If you go on the weekend, there’s usually a line out the door for 85°C. Luckily, during my visits, the lines weren’t too bad. You grab a tray and a pair of tongs and pick whatever you want from the display cases of breads. It was way too crowded for me to get a decent photo of the interior, so I’ll move on to the food… As you might tell from the post title, this is simply Part One. 

Savory breads:

Cheese Bun

Cheese Bun

Squid Ink (Calamari) Bread

Squid Ink (Calamari) Bread

Pork Floss Bread

Pork Floss Bread

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