Category Archives: Baked Goods

pumpkin pie kabocha

Repost: Pumpkin pie made with kabocha

pumpkin pie kabochaI’ve been meaning to repost this for a long time but I didn’t have a decent picture. The recipe is buried in a Thanksgiving roundup post from 2009. That is quite some time ago. I had my Christmas dinner on the 23rd here and actually remembered to take a picture.

Pumpkin Pie

Alannah Leah (My grandmother)
Makes enough for two pies that are the size of a small oven plate in Japan

1/2 – 3/4c brown sugar (I use 1/2)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ginger

1 1/4 cup pureed cooked kabocha

1/3 cup orange juice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup water (optional – I usually don’t add it)

2 well beaten eggs

1 cup canned milk or fresh cream

Mix sugar and spices, then add pumpkin followed by liquid.  Whisk together until smooth.  Bake in your favorite pie crust for ten minutes at 220C and then turn the oven down to 160C and bake for 40-60 minutes more.  Cool before serving.

Note: The following day I baked the leftover pie filling in a silicon cake mold and it was brilliant – no crust needed.

Note: All you need to do to make kabocha puree is to boil it and then puree or mash it. I usually leave the skin on but that is a matter of personal choice. the color is prettier if you take the skin off.

Easy Pie Crust

Can’t remember where I found this
*use a 250mL cup and you have enough for two small pies

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons white sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoons milk

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.  Place all the ingredients into your pie pan and mix with a fork.  Pat the mixture up the bottoms and sides of the pan.  Bake for 15 minutes in preheated oven or until light brown.  I sometimes don’t pre-bake it because it sometimes burns.

Gingerbread muffins

Gingerbread Muffins

Gingerbread muffinsIt’s winter and thus is time for gingerbread muffins. They are a great breakfast food, lunch food, dinner food or snack.

Gingerbread Muffins

*uses 200mL cups

1/2 cup sugar 
1/2 cup butter (I used vegetable oil once and they were fine)
1 egg
1 cup molasses (I use half molasses and half honey or corn syrup)
1 cup hot water
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves (I usually skip this)

Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Beat in the egg and then stir in the molasses. Mix the dry ingredients together in a small bowl. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the large bowl and fold in. Add the hot water at the end. I usually use a whisk when I add the water. Bake for about 20min at 180C or 350F.

 

In case you are lusting after the lego mug in the background, you can get it here from ThinkGeek.

 

Where to get molasses (モラセス morasesu):

  • Amazon Japan
  • Rakuten
  • Kaldi Coffee sometimes has it
  • Some upscale supermarkets carry it
  • National Azabu and Nissen in Tokyo

 

gingerbread men cookie class

Gingerbread Cookie Class

gingerbread men cookie class

My second class on December 20th will be a gingerbread cookie class. This is also family friendly, like the chocolate snowflake cupcake class.

Gingerbread Cookie Class

Dec 20th, 3-4:30pm
At Serendipity Cafe, Chigasaki
3000 yen for 12, 4000 yen for 24
*pricing is by number of cupcakes, not person so feel free to come as a family or with a friend

To sign up, click here.

chocolate snowflake cupcake class

Chocolate Snowflake Cupcake Class

chocolate snowflake cupcake classI have two classes coming up on December 20th at Serendipity Cafe. The first is chocolate snowflake cupcakes. This will be a family friendly event and pricing will be number of cupcakes made/decorated per group. Please feel free to sign up with a friend or as a family.

Chocolate Snowflake Cupcake Class

December 20th, 1-2:30pm
At Serendipity Cafe, Chigasaki
3000 yen for six, 4000 yen for twelve

*pricing is by number of cupcakes, not person so feel free to come as a family or with a friend

To sign up, click here.

 

Lemon Yogurt Cake

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The other day I wanted to make a cake on a whim. The problem was that I didn’t have any milk or much butter in the house. That is usually a problem. I remembered that you can bake with yogurt so I gave Pinterest a little look. The second recipe I clicked on looked like a winner. It was. It is a nice moist lemon cake. With the sugar reduction, it would not be too sweet for most people here. This is definitely going on my recipe list since I usually have all of the ingredients in the house.

Lemon Yogurt Cake Modifications

Get the original recipe here.

  • I used 200ml cups instead of American sized cups
  • I added 2/3c of sugar to the cake instead of 1c. The amount in the icing remained the same
  • I used meyer lemons
  • I used regular full fat yogurt instead of low fat Greek yogurt

Banana Oatmeal Cookies (gluten free)

Banana Oat Cookies

I often see two ingredient cookies or three ingredient cakes on Pinterest. Usually this means a cake mix plus eggs or even a can of coke. If you combined the ingredient lists of these mixes you would probably have around fifty ingredients, not one of them unprocessed. All food is processed on some level but there is a bit of a difference between the ingredients list on a cake mix box and the ingredients list on butter. Anyhow, those “three ingredient cakes” make me angry.

On to the topic of the day. These cookies have only two ingredients, bananas and rolled oats. These are really easy and also kid friendly. You can make them gluten free by using certified gluten free oats.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

2 ripe bananas
2 (250mL) cups of rolled oats

Optional add ins: nuts, raisins, dried fruit, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, cinnamon, vanilla, flax seeds, chia seeds

Preheat the oven to 170C (350F). In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas. Add the oats and mix until combined. You should be able to shape the dough into balls but it will still be sticky. If your bananas were on the large side, you may need more oats. If you are making these for smaller children, you can put the oats in a food processor or blender to make them smaller. Shape the dough into balls  the size of your choice. Place on a cookie sheet that has been greased or on top of parchment paper. Bake until they start to brown on the edges. Cool before serving.

For more oaty goodness, try my baked oatmeal snack bars.

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Knackebrod – Scandinavian Flat Bread

knackebrod-flat-breadOne of the things I like to get from Ikea is Knackebrod. It’s basically a large rye cracker and is fantastic with almost anything you can think of on top. One day I decided to try making it myself. Summer is coming and it would be good to have it in the arsenal. I searched on pinterest and selected this recipe. It is a modern recipe with sesame seeds added. It was absolutely delicious. They are rather hard so if you have small people in the house they may not enjoy them. My son found them too hard so I had to eat the whole batch myself (not complaining).   Continue reading Knackebrod – Scandinavian Flat Bread

Pi Day 2014

I almost didn’t celebrate Pi Day this year. This morning I was supposed to be at a graduation ceremony at my son’s school but he’s home with the flu. I ended up making some festive goodies.

Tourtière using this pie crust. Changes: 5/8 white flour and 3/8 a mix of rice and whole wheat flours.

pi-day-2014Cookies using this recipe. Change: reduced sugar to 1/2 cup.

pi-day-cookie-2014

 

Did you make anything special for Pi Day?

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chocolate-cooking-class-japan

New Date: Chocolate Cooking Class

chocolate-cooking-class-japan

Update: New date 

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. And while I think the whole holiday is a marketing scam, it’s not going to prevent me from taking advantage of all of the chocolate available. Plus there are great baking supplies available around this time.

I’ve got a new class coming up. Like the cupcake class, this one will be family friendly.

Date: February 23rd
Time: 2-4pm
Cost: 3000 yen per pair or family
Place: Serendipity Cafe, Chigasaki
Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/239751392873870/

I hope to see you there.

chocolate-cooking-class-japan

New Date: Chocolate Cooking Class

chocolate-cooking-class-japan

Update: New date 

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. And while I think the whole holiday is a marketing scam, it’s not going to prevent me from taking advantage of all of the chocolate available. Plus there are great baking supplies available around this time.

I’ve got a new class coming up. Like the cupcake class, this one will be family friendly.

Date: February 23rd
Time: 2-4pm
Cost: 3000 yen per pair or family
Place: Serendipity Cafe, Chigasaki
Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/239751392873870/

I hope to see you there.