Category Archives: Desserts

Yak Sik Instant Pot

Yak Sik is a delicious Korean sticky rice dessert, but it’s $6 for a small rectangle. The cost is partially the result of the expensive additions of chestnuts, pine nuts and dates. Regardless, $6 is enough for me to make my own version.

There are a few yaksik recipes online and I used kimchmari’s yaksik recipe as a baseline. Her version is an impressive 4 of rice cup version, but yaksik is highly perishable and I needed only enough to replace the supermarket portion.

To use an Instant Pot, I needed a sticky rice recipe. Fortunately, pressurecookrecipe’s sticky rice recipe looked solid. Plus it offered no pre-soak time for the rice.

So combining the two recipes, I have the following yaksik recipe with an Instant Pot.


  • 200g sweet rice
  • 170g water
  • 70g brown sugar
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • Chestnut, raisins, pine nuts


  1. Set up Instant Pot for steaming, 1″ water and steamer rack.
  2. In a bowl, place 200g sweet and 170g water. Put on steamer rack and set Instant Pot to Manual (HP) for 12 min.
  3. While Instant Pot is working, make the sauce by combining the brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil and brown sugar.
  4. After cooking has completed, let rest for 10 min then release.
  5. Add sauce to rice and mix thoroughly. Add nuts and dried fruit and combine.
  6. Set Instant Pot to steam for 5 min. The steaming time is up to you. The more you steam, the more the individual grains break down and the yaksik forms a cohesive mass.
  7. Pour yaksik into a container and let cool to room temperature.

March 9 Green Tea and Red Bean Creme Puffs in Toaster Oven

Made some creme puffs with the little one tonight.   Red bean and green tea whipped cream filling.   The beauty of these creme puffs is that it’s a small batch size that can be made in a toaster oven.

Pate Choux

  • 75 g all purpose flour
  • 75 g water
  • 50  g milk
  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs

Whipped Cream Filling

  • 235 g of whipping cream
  • 15 g sugar
  • 5 g matcha powder


  1. Preheat toaster oven to 425 degrees
  2. Combine water, audiologist milk and unsalted butter in a small pot.  In medium heat bring to a simmer. Mix to incorporate the butter.
  3. Take off heat and add the flour.  Mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Put the dough back on medium heat.  Continue to mix until dough is 180 degrees F. – you hear sizzling and beads of fat are on the surface of the pot.
  5. Take off heat, medications mix and cool slightly (don’t want to scramble those eggs).
  6. Add eggs, phthisiatrician one at a time and mix/beat to combine.
  7. Using a piping bag or cookie scoop, divide pate choux dough into 3cm (1 1/4″) mounds.  Smooth tops with the back of a wet spoon or fingers.
  8. Bake at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes.
  9. Lower temperature to 350 degrees F with convection (or 375 degrees F) and bake for 10 minutes.
  10. Take out of the oven, and make a 1cm (1/2″) slit on the side of each creme puff to allow the steam to escape.
  11. Place back in an off oven with door propped oven with a wooden spoon.  Allow to dry out for 30-45 minutes more.

March 2 Sourdough morning buns in the toaster oven

Another round of sourdough morning buns baked in the toaster oven.  Facebook post on Sourdough Baking group resulting in requests for recipe.   To validate repeatability of results, I baked another batch. 

The dough is a three day process, but active time is minimal (for laminated dough).  The small batch makes lamination easy and less fussy. 

February 27 Green Tea Matcha Mini Bundt Cakes

Green tea matcha bundt cake with red bean paste and whipped cream ice cream.

Because of the Kids Baking Championship’s Lava Cake episode, we’re baking a lot of bundt cakes at the moment.  Last recipe yielded too much batter for my 6 mini bundt cake pan, so I reduced the recipe by 50%.  This resulted in too small bundt cakes, more like donuts.  The side benefit is that it’s a healthier serving size.


125 g all purpose flour
100 g sugar
3 g salt
4 g baking soda
8 g matcha powder
113 g butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
118 g of water
1 large egg
70 g sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, oil pan (next time oil and flour)
  2. Mix all the ingredients
  3. Pour into pan
  4. Bake for approx. 20 minutes, check 2 minutes prior with toothpick.
  5. Cool completely on wire rack, invert.

Hmmm … a little too little batter.   These are going to be mini-mini bundt cakes …

Baked at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.

Allowed to completely cool, but these bundts got a little stuck to the pan. Will try to oil and flour the pan instead of oil spray only.

February 26 Japanese takoyaki pancake with red bean filling

Experimenting making Japanese takoyaki with red bean filling.  Wanted a lighter version than straight pancake batter so added 1 egg whipped egg white.

For 9 takoyaki  (one pan): 1/2 cup of Krusteaz pancake mix (+ 3/8 cup of water) combined with 1 egg white whipped to soft peaks.  Pour half the mixture into an ebelskiver pan over medium heat (350 degrees f), add red bean mixture, pour other half of mixture, flip.

Because of the two half additions of batter, the results looked like rounded dorayaki.  Next time, I’ll use the traditional takoyaki and ebelskiver technique to make a round seamless ball.

February 20 Chocolate mini bundt cakes

The family has been watching the Kid’s Baking Championship and the little one has the volcano cake challenge on repeat.  Of course we needed to make our own.  But first we needed a base recipe for a chocolate mini bundt cake. 

Scouring my many cookbooks produced a whopping zero recipes!  One of the cake recipes could have been adapted, but with no knowledge of bundt cake baking dynamics, it wasn’t worth the risk.  As such, the Internet it is. 

My fast, easy and yet moist baking requirement was met with Two Peas & Their Pod chocolate bundt cake recipe, as it included sour cream. 

Next time, 1/2 the batter will be made.  The recipe yielded enough for 12 mini bundt cakes. Which I presume is a regular bundt cake size. I do dislike american measurements, difficult to scale appropriately. 

Here is an adapted recipe, for a 6 mini bundt cake pan. Note that I use significantly less sugar but increase the cocoa powder ratio.

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup water
1 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 large eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

December 27 Morning Buns

One of the benefits of a cold house is that laminating dough is easier. Got a request for morning buns, and I haven’t had an opportunity to make some in the new house. This batch used Peter Reinhart’s all purpose sweet dough recipe in “Artisan Bread Every Day.” The dough was prepared the night before, and the morning buns assembled the morning off. However, given the rise time requirement, it was more of a lunch bun treat.

The bake was at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

morning buns

December 25 Pan Perdu

Christmas morning requires a special breakfast, and breakfast treat for me is pan perdu. While I did bake a day before so I had some boules to sacrifice, I don’t routinely stock the fridge with cream. As such, we were forced with a low fat, milk version. Not as decadent, but surprisingly good.

pan perdu