Archive of posts from 2022

    Roasted Plum, Ginger, and Honey Ice Cream

    2022-08-29

    We have so many plums that I’m repeating crowd favourites. This plum ice cream recipe was a big hit at a dinner we were invited to a few weeks ago, and my daughter and I re-made it recently with a few improvements to bump up the ginger flavour.

    Late Summer Mixed Fruit Pie

    2022-08-23

    Our red-yellow plum tree (we’re not sure of the variety) has been super productive this year. I removed all the decorative stones that were weighing on the soil around the trunk on the advice of an arborist, cleared the soil around the root crown, added a layer of mulch, and ...

    Passion Fruit Ice Cream

    2022-08-16

    My daughter has taken a real liking to fresh passionfruit. These dark purplish orbs contain an extremely fragrant pulp, with little black seeds that pop between your teeth. However, they’re expensive, ranging from $1.50 to more than $2 each. Fortunately, we’ve been enjoying th...

    Chocolate, Rose, and Walnut Ice Cream

    2022-08-15

    It’s a bit late in the summer, but I’m starting to ramp up ice cream production at our house. All of the summer fruit is now widely available, so there are so many choices. However, I do enjoy a chocolate-based frozen treat every now and then, so I mixed things up with this i...

    Blueberry Basil Ice Pops

    2022-08-09

    We put a variety of herbs in our Balconera self-watering planters this year. The basil has done exceptionally well, and when my wife bought a big container of blueberries, I knew exactly what I wanted to make.

    Berry Hand Pies

    2022-07-15

    I was out of the country for half of June, partly because I caught and recovered from COVID while abroad. Now that I’ve returned, I didn’t hesitate to get back into baking with summer’s fruit. For a recent cottage weekend we were invited to, I contributed lemon bars and these ...

    Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake (NYT)

    2022-05-23

    At a recent dinner party, Dr. S wanted to feature rhubarb (yup, we’re subscribed to the Thames River Melon market box again). It’s usually a sweet ingredient, but we made a wonderful chicken tagine with vanilla-scented poached rhubarb. For dessert, we used it in an upside dow...

    Jamocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream Cake

    2022-05-20

    For Big G’s birthday this year, he asked for an ice cream cake, specifically, the kind from Baskin Robbins. Do you know how much they charge for a 9” Fudgetop Jamocha Almond Fudge ice cream cake? $69. Sixty Nine Dollars. Surely, I can make one for far less than that…

    Strawberry Frosting (Swiss Buttercream)

    2022-05-01

    My kids get to decide on their birthday dessert, and I try my best to make their wish a reality. My daughter asked for chocolate cupcakes with strawberry frosting this year. We always make the same cupcake recipe (since 2010!) but I did a bit more research to find a good frost...

    Shokupan (Cook’s Illustrated)

    2022-04-28

    I didn’t grow up eating white Wonder bread: my family got 60% whole wheat, or even 100% whole wheat. At Hong Kong bakeries, we would get pineapple buns, cocktail buns, or Swiss rolls, but would never buy the loaves of sandwich bread. So seeing milk bread, sliced into angular s...

    Whole-Lemon Tart

    2022-03-30

    A recent special insert in the Sunday Times was all about baking. In each recipe, there is something inventive or innovative, whether it be in the technique or ingredients. Out of the 24, I want to try at least half of them. To start, I chose this tart made from an entire le...

    Ube Buns

    2022-03-15

    Sometimes, homemade is best. And sometimes, homemade just isn’t possible. That pretty much sums up my experiment this week to create my own ube extract.

    Ube Hamantaschen

    2022-03-13

    I happened to see an ad for a Purim-themed online baking event. The photo showed a fuchsia-hued cookie in the distinctive triangular shape common to hamantaschen. But there was nothing conventional about the striking color of the cookie.

    Passion Fruit, Coconut and Cardamom Chocolates: Step by Step

    2022-02-15

    For Valentine’s Day this year, I made molded chocolates out of ruby chocolate, after seeing it on the site of one of my favourite baking supply stores, Madame Gateaux. For extra flair, I also bought a few more colours of Roxy and Rich coloured cocoa butter while I was there.

    Chewy Granola Bars with Hazelnuts, Cranberries, and Chocolate Chips

    2022-02-12

    In theory, granola bars are a great school snack. Portable, flavourful, little mess, inexpensive. But, most store-bought kinds are very low in protein, too high in sugar, often contain nuts, and just don’t taste good. Plus, kids are finicky eaters, and their tastes change on a...

    Seville Orange Marmalade

    2022-02-05

    I love to buy interesting jams and marmalades, but I love even more to make my own. It’s been many years since I’ve made a citrus one, so seeing Seville oranges at Farm Boy got me excited.