Home Cooking

Chocolate pound cake

Who can resist the homemade chocolate pound cake with its finest ingredients? Let’s make chocolate pound cake with this simple yet fall proof recipe!

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Prep Time: 30 min

Bake Time: 60 minutes /50 minutes (325F/170C)

Yield : 1 loaf

Ingredient
190g all-purpose flour, 50g unsweetened cocoa powder, 4g teaspoon baking powder, 4g teaspoon fine salt, 227g unsalted butter, 115g dark brown sugar, 115g granulated sugar 2 large eggs, 2 large egg yolks, 90g plain yogurt or butter milk, 10g brewed espresso, 10g hot water, 6g vanilla extract

Chocolate Glaze: dark chocolate, heavy cream

Method:

  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven, making sure there are no racks above it, and heat to 325°F(170C for convection oven). Coat a 9×5-inch metal loaf pan with baking spray, dust with flour, and tap out the excess; set aside.
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt through a strainer onto a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Place the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on low to medium speed until it just begins to be fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  4. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Beat on medium speed until paler in color, a light caramel brown, and very fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes more.
  5. Beat in the eggs and yolks one at a time, mixing after each addition until fully incorporated.
  6. Add half of the flour mixture and beat at low speed until fully combined. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl again.
  7. Add the plain yogurt, espresso, and vanilla and beat on low to medium-low speed until fully incorporated.
  8. Add the remaining flour and cocoa mixture and beat on low to medium-low speed until combined.
  9. Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and spread into an even layer.
  10. Place the pan on its baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 55min to 65min (45-55 min for convection oven)
  11. Place the loaf pan on a wire rack and let cool until the cake is no longer warm to the touch
  12. Make the ganache by mixing heavy cream and dark chocolate in a low-medium heat.IMG_8163

Enjoy this bread with a cup of hot tea or coffee and it will be a true antidote to a hectic day!

Home Cooking

Banana chocolate chip bread

This is our go-to bread at home with its easy recipe and delicious taste. Kids enjoy this bread as their school snack(without walnuts) while I enjoy this as afternoon tea cake with a cup of camomile tea.

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Prep Time: 30 min

Bake Time: 1 hour 10 min/1 hour 5 min(325F/170C)

Yield : 1 loaf

Ingredients 

– 2-3 ripe bananas, all purpose flour 260g, butter 120g, sugar 140g, 2 eggs, 120g plain yogurt, walnut 70g, chocolate chip 80g, vanilla extract 6g, baking soda 5g, baking powder 5g, salt 3g

Method

1. In a medium size bowl, mash bananas until creamy and set aside.

2. In a medium size bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

3. In a large bowl,  mix the butter (room temperature) and sugars and make them creamy and beat in the eggs until combined (we used stand mixer).

4. Add vanilla extract to the mashed bananas. Beat until combined and add plain yogurt to the mixture.

5. Mix 3 and 4 to make wet mixture.

6. Then mix wet mixture with dry mixture. Stir gently and just until the flour is mixed incorporated. Do not over stir. And add chocolate chips and walnuts.

7. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake on center rack at 325 F (170C for convection oven) for 1 hour 10 minutes (1 hour 5 min for convection oven). Cooking times may vary. Check on bread at the 60 minute mark (55 min for convection oven). Toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean and bread should be golden on the outside.

8. Let cool for 5 minutes and then remove the bread from the pan and place on a cooling rack to finish cooling.

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Home Cooking

Zucchini stir-fry with garlic and olive oil

This is a very easy recipe that is also wallet-friendly, but it works great in just 15 minutes. With its sautéed garlic and shrimp paste aroma perfectly matching the smell of just-cooked rice, this lightly stir-fried zucchini in olive oil is as delicious as it gets. Let’s make this no-frills, everyday Korean side dish, which can pair easily with any kinds of food.

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Prep Time: 8 min

Cook Time: 7 min

Yield : Makes 3 servings as side dish

Ingredients

–  1 good sized-zucchini, 1/4 onion

– 1t chopped garlic, 2T olive oil, 1t shrimp paste, 1/2T chopped scallion(optional), 1/2T sesame oil, 1/2T sesame seed, a pinch of salt and pepper

Method

1. Thinly slice zucchini into circle shape and cut half to make them half-moon shape.

2. Thinly slice onion and set aside with zucchini.

3. Heat large pan for 30-40 seconds or until hot and add olive oil, followed by sliced zucchini and onion with a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir fry vegetable for 2 minutes and add shrimp paste then keep stirring another 2-3 min.

4. Add garlic and scallion to the mixture and lower heat to medium heat and keep stirring for 1 minute. Add sesame oil and quickly stir the mixture. Turn off the heat and sprinkle sesame seed. Serve immediately.

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Above-pictured zucchini stir-fry, sautéed mushrooms and shrimp with garlic and  white wine were my dinner menu tonight, with a bowl of white rice. I will share the recipe of the other two dish with you in my next post, so stay tuned!

 

Home Cooking

Japchae: Vermicelli with a mix of vegetables and beef

I bet anyone interested in Korean food has heard about this amazing dish “Japchae“, vermicelli with a mix of vegetables and beef. It is not an everyday dish, mostly served at special occasions, like family birthdays or housewarming parties. However, it doesn’t mean that it is hard to make this at home. Rather, with this foolproof recipe, you will find making Japchae as easy (and delicious) as it gets~!

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Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Yield : Makes 4 main servings or 8 appetizer servings

Ingredients 

– 250g Korean dried vermicelli noodle, 200g lean beef for stir-fry, 1 medium-sized onions, 2 carrots, 1 bunch of spinach

– Sauce: 4T soy sauce, 2T Korean cooking syrup(물엿 or 올리고당), 1T brown sugar, 2T sesame oil, 1T sesame seed, 1t chopped garlic, a pinch of salt and pepper

– Olive oil for boiling vermicelli and stir frying.

Method

1. Soak dried vermicelli in a big bowl filled with cold water (30 min).

2. Thinly cut onions, carrots. Heat 1T olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion cook, uncovered, stirring often for 3-4 min or until it softens slightly. Repeat the process for carrots.

3. In a large bowl of salted(1T) water, blanch washed spinach for 30-45 seconds. Rinse and drain the spinach with cold water and squeeze any remaining water. Season the spinach with salt, pepper, 1/2t chopped garlic, 1T sesame oil, 1/2T sesame seed.

4. Thinly slice beef and season it with salt, pepper, 1/3T soy sauce, 1T sesame oil. In a medium-high heat, stir fry the beef for 3-4 min or until medium-well done.

5. In a large pot, boil the water(3L) and pour 1/3 cup of soy sauce, 2T brown sugar and 2T olive oil together with vermicelli for 5 min. Stir vermicelli occasionally to prevent sticking.

6. Drain vermicelli then quickly rinse with cold water and put it in a large bowl. Add the sauce to the noodle and toss to combine. Add all the cooked ingredients above and mix well.

7. In a large pan, drizzle 1T olive oil and lightly stir-fry the mixture 6 (better not to pour all the mixture at once, half each time) for 2-3 min. Serve hot (or lukewarm is also fine) and enjoy with your loved ones!

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*Any questions or comments are welcome!