These Sriracha Cheese Swirl Buns are impossible to resist! [VIDEO]

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Fluffy, cheesy, and just the right amount of spicy, these Sriracha Cheese Swirl Buns are downright addictive! Make them as is or customize with flavor add-ons to your heart’s delight.

From a baking enthusiast’s standpoint, it brings me a lot of joy seeing so many people all over the world discovering the wonders of making homemade breads in the past few months. While bread-making is indeed a worthy activity to do while we’re all forced to stay at home, in my opinion, knowing how to make bread is also an important life skill. To be able to make something that is consumed by most people on a daily basis is pretty valuable, don’t you think?

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Today I’m here with one of my favorite bread recipes for all my fellow home-based bread-bakers. (And bread-eaters!) This recipe is adapted from a recipe I made many many years ago, but which I tweaked and adapted into these awesome Sriracha Cheese Swirl Buns. To describe them briefly, these buns are super fluffy, but they also have a cheesy kick that makes you keep wanting more. And the good news is, they are actually very easy to make, especially with a stand mixer.

The process of making these Sriracha Cheese Swirl Buns is the same as that of a cinnamon roll, and if you’ve never made that before, I imagine you guys will have fun in the part where some dental floss is involved.

Some truly delicious Chocolate Matcha Cupcakes with Matcha Frosting [VIDEO]

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This recipe makes gorgeously soft Chocolate Matcha Cupcakes, with deep chocolate notes and a matcha undertone highlighted by a tasty matcha cream cheese frosting. One of my favorite cupcakes to date!

Cupcakes aren’t my favorite bakes so I don’t make them often, but when I do, I pick flavors I feel I will really like. Gotta make all that cake and frosting count, you know? I like to put together a combination of flavors that will give me a good balance of interesting flavors. Something not too sweet, but memorable. And these Chocolate Matcha Cupcakes, while fairly simple, are that. 

Personal bias aside, it’s easy to gravitate towards a chocolate cupcake. They are one of those no-fail things in the baking world. But I wanted to mix things up a little. Also, I wanted an excuse to make my favorite Matcha Cream Cheese frosting again. It’s a recipe I shared before, when I made Matcha from head-to-toe Cupcakes; and it’s so damn good I knew that 50% of these cupcakes were already taken care of thanks to that frosting.

[READ ALSO: Matcha Cupcakes with Matcha Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe]

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Luckily, the other 50% of these cupcakes, the cake base involving chocolate and matcha, also exceeded my expectations, making these Chocolate Matcha Cupcakes a perfect little package. And when you watch my video below, you will see it takes absolutely no time to put them together. That’s the beauty of cupcakes: They are the quickest and easiest way to satisfy your cake cravings. And frankly, homemade ones almost always come out better than store-bought ones.

The surprising delights of Valerie Bertinelli’s Orange, Black Pepper, & Walnut Biscotti

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Valerie Bertinelli’s Orange, Black Pepper, & Walnut Biscotti are an absolute delight; with a bright orange notes, a light peppery finish, and some walnut crunch!

Back when cable was still a thing and Netflix was non-existent, the Food Network was one of the most watched channels in this household. It didn’t matter if it was Rachel Ray or Rachel Allen, Ina Garten or Anna Olson, when the TV turns on, you can bet the Food Network will get some minutes. I myself enjoy watching these chefs share their recipes on TV, but as I got older and got more busy, I watched TV less and less. I do find myself listening in though. Whenever one of my brothers was watching TV close by, I’d often be subconsciously listening in. 

When my brother was watching Food Network one time, I overheard a voice that I didn’t quite associate with it. But coming off a weekend binge-watch of Hot in Cleveland episodes with the same brother, I knew that voice belonged to Valerie Bertinelli. Out of curiosity, I dropped what I was doing and went over to watch the show with him, and I found myself delightfully surprised. 

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In that very first episode I saw her on, she was making these Orange, Black Pepper, & Walnut Biscotti. I’m not really familiar with Valerie Bertinelli’s background, but her biscotti definitely got my interest piqued. As I watched more of Valerie’s Home Cooking and saw more of her recipe repertoire, I still couldn’t get her biscotti out of my head. I ended up writing the recipe down in a yellow pad, thinking I’d make it “soon”.

Hong Kong Style Pineapple Buns and Milk Tea to transport you to another place [VIDEO]

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A breakfast and afternoon snack staple in Hong Kong, these Hong Kong Style Pineapple Buns are delicious on their own but pair perfectly with some good old Hong Kong Style Milk Tea!

When I was younger and all those budget flights were not in existence yet, I was already aware of how lucky I was to get to ride on a plane and go places. Most often, we headed to Hong Kong, first because it was only an hour away from our country; second because my grandma liked to visit family who lived there. That said, we still don’t really go to Hong Kong that much so I never really got the chance to get close to my cousins, but I fondly remember my ah-pe.

My father’s elder brother, my grandma’s eldest son, had lived in Kowloon since his twenties. I will always remember ah-pe‘s confident stride as he led us to one of his recommended mum-and-pop restaurants for a delicious treat. For some reason, he used to only wear a vest over a shirt and a long-sleeved polo during cold days in Hong Kong. He also had this habit of walking block upon block without losing his sense of direction, even when he was the one visiting Manila.

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It wasn’t until I made these Hong Kong Style Pineapple Buns that I realized how much I miss my ah-pe. I haven’t been to Hong Kong since his death, and with everything that’s happened there lately I haven’t had the chance to return. It’s one thing to appreciate these buns as a must-try food of Hong Kong, but quite another to have your subconscious attach a person to it. In the depths of my memory, I suppose there must have been at least one time during my childhood where he took me to eat 港式菠蘿包, or Hong Kong Bolo Buns, as these are also known.

It’s funny that the angle I was going for when I decided to make this recipe combination for the blog was to “transport you to Hong Kong wherever you are quarantined”. But when I sat down to actually write the post, I realized there was so much more to it.

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