Classic apple pie – second try

I believe if I bake a thousand times, I will bake it as good as American Master Chef!! >.<

The crust is okay but still not as flaky as I expected. The filling is quite dry. I guess because I baked it longer than it should be.

For the crust, I used butter and margarine, cold water and vodka. I feel the result was better than butter only and water only. I used a pastry blender.

  • 1 2/3 cup all purposed flour
  • 200 gr unsalted butter, cold finger-size cubes
  • 65 gr margarine
  • 50 gr white sugar
  • 5 gr salt
  • 60 ml cold water + vodka

This pic is just for testing my friend’s new camera, Canon 60D with a fixed lens 50mm f/1.4. So cool! 😉


Amish white bread


Do you know the secret to make the best Amish white bread? I’m telling you now… You have to form a smiling face dough ball like this


Haha no, I’m kidding.

Recipe here, from Actually my bread was not perfect. At least it wasn’t bad for first try 😉



Bread sticks and chocolate cinnamon ice cream

I like cinnamon. I like cinnamon flavor in things I bake – cakes, cookies, drinks and even ice cream. One of my most favourite drinks when I’m sick or not in good mood is like this

  • 1 cup hot milk
  • 2 tsp honey
  • few slices of fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

There you are. In a bad day, grab a cup and make it for yourself, then sink in your own world with a good book. For me it’s much better than going out and spending money for shopping. Well, this is from an introvert’s point of view 🙂

So, like I just said, I like cinnamon. I do like ice cream with cinnamon. However, it seems like I am the only one who likes it. No one in my family and friends and colleagues like my chocolate cinnamon ice cream. But I am sure that cinnamon goes very well with chocolate, just like cinnamon is best friend of banana. Here is the recipe

  • 1,5 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 200 gr dark chocolate, melted
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Mix them all and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before do as your ice cream machine’s instructions. Then you have your dark choc cinnamon ice cream. I’m sorry I don’t have any picture by now. However, may I suggest you one more thing that also goes well with this ice cream?

Bread sticks! Yeah!

  • 3 1/4 cups all-purposed flour (~430 gr)
  • 1 1/2 tsp instant dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp mixture of oregano, basil and paprika powder (optional, sorry I did put them in my bread sticks just because I love the smell of these leaves)
  • 2 tbsp margarine for brushing after bake


  • Mix warm water + yeast + 1 tbsp sugar together, let stay for 10 mins.
  • Mix well flour, salt, 1 tbsp sugar, leaves and paprika powder together, then combine the flour mixture with the yeast mixture, and the olive oil too.
  • Knead for 7-10 mins until the dough is elastic and just a bit sticky.
  • Form a ball and put into a greased big bowl, cover with plastic wrap. Let stay for 1 hour or until double size.
  • Preheat the oven at 175 degree C.
  • Then you have 750 gr dough. Divide into 30 small balls (25 gr each) and roll into 9″ stick. Place them 1″ away from each other. Let rise for 30 mins.
  • Bake in 12-15 mins until golden. Brush the hot bread sticks with margarine.
  • Serve warm with chili sauce and mayonnaise, or with the chocolate cinnamon ice cream!
  • Store in airtight container. If you want, you can fry them. It doesn’t sound really healthy but just like doughnuts, it tastes awesome!

Here are minesL1080076I know it sounds weird. Bread sticks are slight salty and have “pizza” flavor – i mean the leaves. But trust me, it goes very well with the chocolate cinnamon ice cream. Just like hot french fries go well with McDonald soft ice cream cone…

You know there are lovely & cute things that always remind you about someone. But when “someone” left you, those things you love become things you used to love. Anyway if you never try this before, I highly recommend you to try it someday 🙂



Antioxidant food but full fat, is it still healthy?

It’s called green tea ice cream!

I’m lucky enough to find a wholesale supplier that sells the real Japanese matcha powder to many Japanese restaurants in town. The minimum selling package is 1kg! And I’m lucky enough to find a friend who shared with me half kilo!

This matcha powder is sooo good! High quality. Great taste, flavor and color. With this, I can make unbeatable homemade green tea milk shake!


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 20 gr Japanese green tea powder, or maybe 25 gr. Using more green tea powder, you may feel like chewing real tea leaves 😐
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 2 tsps corn starch
  • a pinch of salt


  • Heat up milk, corn syrup, cornstarch, salt until they dissolve.
  • Off the heat. Stir in green tea powder until there is no lumps.
  • Stir in heavy cream.
  • Place the mixture in the fridge for at least 4 hours before doing as your ice cream maker instructions.
  • Then you have ice cream, you need a spoon, either big or small one is fine.

Here is mine!




Banana bread – last snack-day before back to work

I have lots of banana at home. These ones…

from internet

We call it “chuoi cau” in Vietnamese. I found that it suits the best for baking Western cakes than any other kinds of Vietnamese banana. The final product turns out well, not as dark as using other types of banana, smells greater and looks better than other types.


  • 100 gr nuts, roasted and chopped, walnut, almond, cashew… I like cashew the most! (optional)
  • 230 gr ripe bananas, cut into 2 or 3 pieces
  • 240 gr all-purposed flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 130-150 gr granulated sugar, or brown sugar is better
  • 200 gr ripe bananas, sliced (optional)
  • 115 gr butter, melted and cool
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp rhum/bourbon/brandy… (optional)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


Preheat the oven at 350 degree F.

Wet ingredients

  • In a small bowl, cover 200 gr sliced bananas with 30 gr sugar, lemon juice and wine. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat 230 gr bananas until smooth, use medium speed.
  • Mix in eggs slowly
  • then melted butter and vanilla extract

Dry ingredients

  • In another large bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, 100-120 gr remaining sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, chopped cashew nuts. Use your whisk to mix them well.
  • Mix the wet and dry ingredients together well. But do not overmix or your cake will turn out rubbery.
  • Fold in the bananas which is covered by sugar, lemon juice and wine.
  • Pour the batter into 8″ loaf pan.
  • Bake in 60-65 minutes or the toothpick comes out clean.

Here is my babe!!

Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool completely on the rack before sliced.

Remember to let it cool before sliced! Alright, I actually never wait. I always eat the very first slice of my bread right after it’s done. Crispy outside and moist inside. Smell awesome!

The bread can be stored at room temperature up to 3 days, if possible! Mine – 2 days the longest.

Life is better with fresh baked cakes, or cookies!

Much love,


Chilling Friday night with basic vanilla chiffon cake

Vanilla chiffon cake
Vanilla chiffon cake

This kind of cake is very quick to make (only long baking time in the oven), fluffy, soft, moist and it’s simply difficult to stop yourself from your inside voice “Alright, one more piece…”

So it’s time to grab few simple ingredients and make this fluffy cutie

  • 6 eggs, at room temperature, separated egg whites and egg yolks
  • 200 gr all purposed flour, sifted
  • 25 gr cornstarch, sifted
  • 150 gr powdered sugar
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) veggie oil (I used soybean oil)
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar


Notes for you: I found it is easier to separate the eggs when they are not new (like 1-2 days after bought from store) and/or when they are still cold. But if you separate them when they are cold, then let them chill until they are back to room temperature. And do note that the bowl and the whisk of your stand/hand mixer must be completely clean and dry.

  • Preheat the oven at 330 degree. Do not grease the pan.
  • In one bowl, mix well flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, 3/4 of the sugar
  • Then mix in the egg yolks, milk, oil and vanilla extract. Mix until incorporate.
  • In another bowl, beat the egg whites with maximum speed, mix in cream of tartar when it is foamy and has small bubbles. When it has soft peak, mix in the remaining sugar and continue beating it until stiff peak.
  • Divide the egg whites into 3 parts. Mix well 1/3 egg whites into the egg yolks mixture.
  • Gently fold the egg yolks mixture into the 2/3 egg whites. Do not over-mix the batter.
  • Pour the batter into the pan. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean. You may want to cover the top by aluminum foil after first 25-30 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and turn it upside down. Let it completely cool before remove the cake from the pan.

Last step: Enjoy it dear 🙂

Recipe was adapted from joyofbaking.



Black sesame & brown rice bread (gluten free) (yeast free)

Gluten free! Yeast free! Yay!
Gluten free! Yeast free! Yay!

Level: Easy

Preparation time: 10 mins

Baking time: 40 mins

Since I am pretty interested in eating and living in a healthier style and both I have fallen in love with baking for a long time, I try to find the way to balance both side…

This recipe was adapted from here, since I don’t have the ingredients as original recipe and I was just in the mood of I-want-a-bread-and-I-want-it-now, then here is what I did last night:

Dry ingredients

  • 2 cups black sesame + brown rice powder (I bought them which contains 1/3 black sesame and 2/3 brown rice. If you have sprouted brown rice powder or brown rice powder, then use 1,5 cups instead)
  • 3/8 cups tapioca powder (I was so lazy to go out to buy arrowroot powder last night, if you have arrowroot powder, I think it would be better to use it)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Wet ingredients

  • 1 cup plain yogurt no sugar (I used my homemade yogurt instead of kefir in the original recipe)
  • 2 small eggs or 1 1/2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or 2 tsp diet sugar (I used Equal) (optional)


  • Preheat the oven in 350 degrees.
  • Mix well all dry ingredients in one bowl.
  • Mix well all wet ingredients in another bowl.
  • I used a whisk to mix 2 mixtures together until incorporated. Pour the batter into the loaf pans. I used to 2 small non-stick loaf pans 2,5*5 inches.
  • Bake in 40 minutes (or longer if you use bigger pan) until toothpick comes out dry. You may want to use aluminum foil to cover the top to avoid it burnt.
  • After baked, let it cool completely on the rack before sliced. (I think it’s better to serve warm)

Actually I sliced my bread when it was pretty hot and its smell was too good to resist at 10pm… So I waited few minutes then tried with honey, then maple syrup, then peanut butter. And I vote on honey! This morning I tried it with warm milk and a hugeee spoon of homemade reduced-sugar pineapple jam (can’t help!).

I definitely will try this again and again, and will try all brown rice powder and arrowroot powder next time. This bread keeps me stay full longer and I don’t feel like I want to snack.

I hope you like it, dear.

Cheers! 🙂