Chocolate Mochi Brownies (made with rice flour – gluten free)

Chocolate Mochi Brownies (made with rice flour)

And now, for something completely different…  Have you ever tried Mochi Brownies?  These rice flour “brownies” taste like a cross between chewy sweet mochi and chocolate cake.  They are moist, chocolaty, with a springy and chewy texture. There are various types of “rice flour” on the market.  If you want the mochi texture – be careful [...]

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 [...]

German Apple Cake (Apfelkuchen)


Apfelkuchen is a traditional German/Austrian apple cake.  It’s very simple, as it calls for only basic pantry ingredients.  You can “dress it up” a bit by adding raisins, walnuts, whatever you like – but I think the apple flavor stands out the best without these additions. This cake makes a wonderful dessert than can be [...]

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 [...]