Mohnstrudel Rolls (Austrian Poppy Seed Strudel Rolls) a.k.a. Mohnschnecken

Mohnstrudel Rolls (Austrian Poppyseed Rolls)

For Father’s Day, I decided to stop by a local German/European Market and buy a bunch of German & Austrian grocery items for my dad as a treat.  Since all of the German delicatessens and markets near his house have closed in the last 15-20 years, he hasn’t had much in the way of German [...]

Homemade Glazed Donuts (Krispy Kreme Doughnut Copycat Recipe)

Homemade Glazed Donuts (Krispy Kreme Donut Copycat Recipe)

Six years ago, when we first moved to North County San Diego, there was a Krispy Kreme Doughnut shop less than a mile from our house.  It was awesome!  When the “Hot Doughnuts Now” sign was flashing, we would go through the drive through and pick up a box (or two).  And weekend mornings… we [...]

Avocado Walnut Bread

Avocado Walnut Bread

OK I know this sounds weird.  But avocados are fruits… and whatever you can do with a banana, you can pretty much do with an avocado.  Avocado shakes, avocado ice cream… even avocado bread!  This is a wonderful quick bread recipe, similar to banana nut bread… just with avocados instead of banana. This avocado bread [...]

Chinese Coconut Milk Bread (Chinese Coconut Milk Buns)


OMG.  This bread is so good!  I’ve been trying to re-create this bread (also found in Chinese bakeries as “Coconut buns”) for a long time…  I finally figured out the trick – ditch the butter and milk, and use coconut oil and coconut milk instead!  Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature – similar [...]

Chinese Pineapple Bun or “Bo Lo Bao” (a.k.a. Japanese Melon Pan)

Chinese Pineapple Buns (a.k.a. Japanese Melon Pan)

What do “Melon Pan” (from Japan) and “Pineapple Bun” 菠蘿包 (from China) have in common?  Well, for starters, neither contain any fruit – there is traditionally no melon in Melon Pan, and no pineapple in Pineapple Bun.  Rather, each bun is named for the fruit based on appearance alone – the final baked bun is said [...]

Pesto & Cheese Stuffed Braided Bread

Pesto & Mozzarella Cheese Stuffed Braided Bread

This bread is so good!  Serve small slices on the side of an Italian meal instead of garlic bread… or serve large slices with a side salad as a meal by itself. If you don’t want to make the bread dough from scratch, feel free to substitute with store-bought pizza dough.  You can also use [...]

Japanese Cream Pan (Japanese custard filled sweet bread buns)


Am I the only one who goes nuts over Cream Pan?  (Japanese sweet bread buns filled with a thick baked vanilla custard.)  As a child, I died for these buns.  I only got to eat them once in a blue moon… but when I had them… OMG!  They made up for everything bad… all unhappiness [...]

Hawaiian Bread Rolls (King’s Hawaiian Bread Copycat Recipe)

Hawaiian Bread Rolls

I’ve been looking for a recipe to replicate the famous sweet and soft King’s Hawaiian Rolls.  I think I finally found it!  The addition of pineapple juice and sugar add a wonderful sweetness and impart a tenderness to the finished rolls. You can eat them warm, straight out of the pan.  Or, try my favorite: [...]

Pumpkin Streusel Bread from Field Pumpkins or leftover Jack O’Lantern

Pumpkin Streusel Bread made from raw field pumpkin

Last Halloween, I turned my leftover Jack O’Lanterns into baked field pumpkin puree.  Making pumpkin puree from field pumpkins is a little bit time consuming, but worth it if you feel bad wasting your Halloween Jack O’Lanterns.  I always feel bad throwing away Jack O’Lanterns!  I mean, pumpkin is a vegetable, and while field pumpkin [...]

An Pan (Red Bean Bun/Bao)

An Pan

So I’m not the biggest fan of sweet red bean (azuki bean) paste.  There.  I said it.  However, my husband LOVES LOVES LOVES sweet red bean, and red bean paste.  It’s one of his favorite sweets.  So as I’ve been playing around with my milk bread recipes, creating different kind of buns and such, he [...]