Baking bread in general is a piece of work, y’all. If you’re planning on making just one recipe, be ready to devote at least 3 hours to kneading, proofing, and baking. Not to mention the subsequent clean-up process! On the flip side, I’ve found that it is pretty therapeutic, which is why I’ve been doing it a lot recently.
Most Asian breads utilize something called “Tangzhong,” a water/flour paste, which precooks some of the flour and allows the gluten to develop prior to kneading. It traps more water in the dough, which activates the yeast to a greater degree and also prevents it from drying out. This is what creates the elastic/stringy “pull” that you see in a lot of Asian breads. It’s a Japanese technique that results in the most incredibly moist, soft loaves.
I am OBSESSED with how they finally turned out: just look at those golden brown tops and light, fluffy interiors!!! This is yet another reason I want to move to Asia… imagine being able to find this kind of bread in literally every bakery. Heaven.
Hey guys! I hope y’all had a wonderful Christmas filled with family, desserts, and love. I know it’s been half a year since I’ve posted, but hey, I’m here now, with these gingerbread muffins that I’ve been dying to share!
Oh heyyyy banana bread! It’s been a while… I’ve missed u :)
I’m going to have to say, this summer has been pretty rough in terms of my health and well-being. Don’t get me wrong: I’ve been having so much fun traveling (hereee), hanging out with friends, and relaxing by the poolside. However, I have literally destroyed my diet. I’ve been eating tons of ice cream, burgers, and chocolate… last month, the only things I ate one day were french fries, a couple cubes of watermelon, and a giant ice cream sundae! My body did not like that; I felt sick and bloated from the ice cream, and I could barely function because I had literally no energy.
So, this past week, I’ve made it a goal to eat healthier and work out a little more in preparation for my upcoming #summermarchingbandgrind. I’ve been following a couple workout videos on YouTube, going on walks outside (yes, even in the crazy 100 degree Texas weather), and cutting out a lot of sugar from my diet. Obviously, I still treat myself, but I’m making sure not to skip meals and putting only wholesome foods into my body!
I ended up purchasing a ton of bananas to use for acai bowls and smoothies. However, of course there was no way I was going to eat so many bananas myself, so the first thing that came to mind was to whip up a loaf of banana bread! Overripe bananas are perfect for banana bread. This is a recipe I’ve had saved in my notes app for the longest time! I was so so excited – I hadn’t made banana bread in ages.
Long time no see, friends!
Um… it’s been a while.
“I’m busy” is such an overused excuse, and I really thought that was the reason I hadn’t posted in 3 months. But I’ve been doing some thinking lately, and I’ve come to the conclusion that my inactivity is simply because I’d really just lost the motivation to test and shoot recipes. It’s actually something I’ve read a lot about: blogger burnout.
If any of y’all have ever experienced utter lack of desire to absolutely anything, that’s basically what happened to me. It’s like when you’ve got a ton of schoolwork to do but you can’t help but put it off to tomorrow… and the next day… and the next day. I mean, there’s so much else to do other than writing blog posts, right? It’s so much easier to bake some cookies and not have to worry about taking pictures, or messing with lighting and editing. Most of the time, things like watching TV with my family or playing fetch with my dog are much more desirable than having your face buried in a screen for hours.
But this morning, my mom wanted something sweet for breakfast, so I wanted to whip up a quick batch of chocolate peanut butter pancakes. I went on my blog to grab a recipe, but I discovered that I’d never posted a pancake recipe before!! I was so disappointed in myself, and then realized how long it’d been since I’d posted. Gosh, I’ve actually missed blogging so much. I’m going to be so busy this summer, but one of my main goals is to seriously just try and fit in some time for baking and blogging. It used to be a much bigger part of my life than it is now, and I would love to start back up again.
Chocolate + coffee + waffles. Do I even need to say anything else? Waffles are inarguably the quintessential breakfast/brunch food in the entire world. When you think about waffles, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For me, it’s a giant, perfectly set table with a humungous stack of waffles in the middle, surrounded by a plethora of syrups and toppings.
These chocolate mocha waffles are something I’ve been craving non-stop. I can’t stop making them! Obviously, you might not be able to make these during hectic weekday mornings, but you could literally just serve these for Sunday brunch and you’d be good to go.
Fun fact: I was actually looking through some of my older recipes, and I stumbled upon my chocolate raspberry waffles and my coffee cupcakes recipes. It’s crazy how fast time flies! Anyways, I felt it was necessary to combine the two into one epic breakfast food.
Sooooo 2018 is a couple days away…
So much has happened this year, yet it’s flown by so fast that I can honestly hardly remember anything! Anyone else? But I can’t wait for what the new year has in store. Even though 2017 has been a crazy year, I’m actually kind of sad that it’s ending. I’m grateful for all the excitement and adventure that this year has brought me. I wouldn’t go back and change anything!
Today, I’m partnering up with my girl Angie from Indulge Your Inner Foodie, to bring you some easy recipes to celebrate the new year with. I’m showing y’all how to make colorful confetti cinnamon roll muffins (!!), and over on IYIF, Angie is whipping up an some boozy Captain Morgan and Kombucha Shooter drinks (!!!!!!). What better way to end 2017 than with one last epic foodie collab? Make sure to check out Indulge Your Inner Foodie, as well as her Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.
Christmas is in two days. Whaaat?
This year has been especially weird, because Christmas is on a Monday, and we don’t get out for winter break until literally the week before Christmas. The sad thing about that is, I’m so preoccupied with studying for exams and finals, that I don’t really get the chance to get in the holiday spirit! aka lounging around my house in fuzzy socks, sipping hot cocoa, and just enjoying the season. Which is why things like peppermint sugar cookies, drinking eggnog, and catching up on Youtube vlogmas are the only things keeping me from becoming a grinch.
Oh yeah, and speaking of eggnog, let’s talk about these eggnog scones. Because that’s really why you’re here, right? They’re chewy, yet with the perfect hint of the buttery flakiness that everyone loves when it comes to scones. Filled with thick, velvety eggnog instead of traditional milk, these pastries are the epitome of the holiday season. I guess I know what I’m having on Christmas morning! YUM.
Soooo my calendar is telling me it’s t-minus 4 days until Thanksgiving day… How crazy is that? All of October feels like a blur to me, which is so weird. My dad has already been splurging on some pre-holiday gifts for himself, which has been kind of funny to watch. Which means November is almost over, and the countdown to Christmas has already begun. Where has time gone?
(I haven’t posted in forever, so this is my lame attempt to start up a conversation, if you haven’t already noticed.)
It’s no secret that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Normally, I wake up, open my fridge, and just stare at it, contemplating what I should make. Eggs? Hash browns? Avo toast? Toast w/peanut butter? A yogurt parfait? Pancakes? Waffles? There’s just way too much to choose from!
HOWEVER. There is an exception around this time of year, because I literally know exactly what I want to eat: single serving honey pear oats. Here’s how it goes: the night before, I make a quick batch of steel cut oats. I also prep my pears by slicing them in half, coring them (I! love! fall! fruits!) and storing them in an airtight container. The next morning, I season my pears and throw them into the toaster oven, I add milk to my oats, and microwave that for about 30 seconds. Finally, I’ll add my roasted pears to the oats, and top them with a whole bunch of fun treats.
Now, I’ve made apple baked oats before and they’re so so delicious, but there’s something about a nice, classic bowl of oats on a chilly fall morning that I love. These single serving honey pear oats = an easy weekday breakfast made a whole lot better.
Say hello to thick, chocolatey, chia pudding heaven! Yeahhhh, baby. Ever since I first read Cookie and Kate’s chia pudding recipe, I knew it was time for me to jump on the chia pudding trend. As usual, I’m late. They’ve been popular in the food/health world for quite a while, and since it’s such an easy and delicious recipe to make, I’m kind of surprised that I’m only now sharing this chocolate chia pudding recipe on the blog!
Thing is, I know most people out there enjoy simple, easy recipes that can be made in a flash. This chocolate chia pudding is made directly in a mason jar, so you can prepare the pudding, chill it in the fridge and let it do it’s chia magic, then take it out the next morning and add toppings! Seriously, when they say “under 5 minutes” I literally mean under 5 minutes. And if it’s a lazy Sunday morning, treat yourself by pouring the pudding into a bowl and topping it (so #fancy and #instagrammable).