All posts tagged: dessert

Strawberry Banana Frozen Yogurt

One of the most frequent after-dinner desserts we as a family grab is frozen yogurt. For those times ice cream and pancakes feel a tad much, we opt for this supposed healthy and guilt-free treat. Although I still consider store-bought frozen yogurt a treat because hey, there are few things that taste that good I’d label as “guilt-free.” But this homemade strawberry banana sweet might just be one! And it is positively healthy because it only calls for strawberries, banana, and plain yogurt. Most of the sweetness is owed to the bananas, and the combination of sweet and sour makes for a refreshing (and colorful) goody. I love it as an afternoon snack, but even more for those late-night nibbling. Enjoy! Servings: 4 INGREDIENTS 3 cups frozen strawberries 3 frozen bananas 2/3 cup plain yogurt Chopped fresh strawberries (optional) PREPARATION 1. Combine frozen fruit and yogurt in a food processor, blend until smooth. 2. Spread mixture onto an glass baking dish, and sprinkle on fresh strawberries. 3. Cover and freeze for at least 2 hours. …

Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Nut Breakfast Treat

Rise and shine! I woke up on this beautiful, sunny morning and the second thing on my mind: breakfast. The first thing would be my sleep position, something I’ve been modifying over the last few days to test and see whether changing sleep direction would improve sleep quality. And indeed it has! So instead of laying normally straight in the middle of my bed, I’ve been slumping diagonally. And for some reason, I’ve been waking up feeling more and more refreshed. Not only that, I figured this method helps maximize my use of the bed space! Anyway, back to breakfast. Something hearty, something sweet. Something that doesn’t involve a pan or fire. Nothing worse than leaving bananas go black and icky. So I decided to enjoy them before they do (and more importantly, before my brother gets to them). Naturally, peanut butter made the number one most deserving company to my sweet bananas, and as proven by the domino effect, as did chocolate sprinkles and chopped nuts! The first thing I did was to melt the …

Breakfast Scones for Christmas Morning!

I like it simple. I go for the basics. Unless we’re talking about cable subscription. But with food recipes, even though I enjoy experimenting with crazy blends (consequently, making more mess than I like to admit and frequently coming up with unearthly, at times edible food), I try to keep things stress-free in the kitchen. When I’m done having a crack at the kiwi coulis-topped mandarin meringue and whatnot, I’m all about regrouping, and revisiting no-nonsense recipes I can always count on. Like this scone recipe, for example. A quick and easy recipe you can whip up in under 30 minutes. Scones are surprisingly very straightforward and simple to make. Want to try your hand at scones? Play around with this basic recipe! I used raisins for extra flavor and color, but you can always substitute them with blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, and of course, chocolate chips (my first choice, except I could only find raisins in my pantry – but they turned out wonderful!). Scones can be the perfect treat for this holiday, especially that Christmas …

Shirokuma: Beware of the Great White Bear, He’s High. On Sugar.

Shirokuma (shiro meaning white and kuma bear in Japanese) is quickly becoming a popular favorite on the block. A Japanese-inspired dessert cafe, Shirokuma delights customers of all ages with its savory dogs (relax, we mean hot dogs) and sweet medleys of ice cream, mochi, cake, and more. Since its opening about a week ago, this delightful little nook has attracted an eager, whopping flock (I heard they even had to turn down some customers due to the crowd). Thankfully, they did not turn us down. And yes, were we in for a treat! Being graceful eaters, we of course started with the savories–the Terimayo Dog, Tonkatsu Dog, Kuro Japadog, and Okonomi Dog. Although a savory food, the hot dogs had a touch of sweetness to them. The sausages (there’s pork) were surprisingly tasty (I say surprisingly because I rarely find hot dogs with good sausage in town). And they weren’t the skinny, scrawny kind; they were a good size and woud fill you up. And although I enjoyed the hot dogs, I would’ve preferred less sauce. From the savory, we moved …

Orange Almond Chocolate Chip Cake

There are few things I love more than a good banana bread. Actually, there are many, but let’s just say banana bread fits somewhere at the top of the list. Today, banana bread was on my mind so I headed for the kitchen. No bananas in sight. As I was about to give up and leave, there sat 5 beautiful oranges, just hanging out. And I thought, okay oranges, let’s turn you into a cake! I love a good taste, but I also love a good crunch. So I decided to throw in a bunch of almonds (a whole lot of them, actually). Here’s to give you an idea of how much almond was involved. I’ve never used so much in my life before. And then some chocolate chips. My excuse? I got one. They were, too, just hanging around. And you know how I feel about moping.  So here’s the ingredients list, and keep reading for a step-by-step guide: Wet ingredients: 1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick) 2 tbsp grated orange zest 1/2 cup white sugar (I used …

Martabak Rosmi

Where should I start? How could I begin to illustrate and rationalize the complexity and integrity of this one sweet thing? I’ll start with a fun fact, or confession you might say. On time I ate one whole box of this medley of chocolate, peanut, cheese, sweetened condensed milk, butter, butter, and butter, all by myself. Well, my mom watched. No big deal right? You may not admit to it, but I know you’ve done the same at some point. And in my defense, I had just returned from abroad, having been apart from this sweet tart for several months. The worst part about being abroad is when my friends and I attempted to recreate it, we never quite succeeded. So not worry, this post is not going to talk about our failed recipe, but will showcase the real deal. Traditionally, martabak is sold as an afternoon snack, so you won’t see martabak stalls open until around 4 in the afternoon, closing at around 11 in the evening. Martabak Rosmi in Sunter, North Jakarta, has …

Ice Cream Fun Facts

​I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. A famous comedic chant from the 1986 Jarmush drama “Down by Law” telling the story of three different men in a Louisiana prison and their journey. My point being, who doesn’t love ice cream?? Now, here are some fun facts you may or may not already know about this sweet thing. If you can eat it, you can certainly read about it! In case you were wondering what I’m talking about, here’s a clip of the three men singing about ice cream: Go ahead, sing along… Global Annual Ice Cream Consumption ​According to Datamonitor, by the year 2015 the global ice cream market is forecasted to be having a volume of 15.408 billion liters. an increase of about 15 percent since 2010. That is, by 2015, the global ice cream market is forecasted to be $68 billion USD, or an increase of about 22.9 percent since 2010.  Ice Cream Currency Calculator Here’s a well-known travelers’ trick: if the ice cream is cheap in a country, chances …

Hong Tang: Sweet Poetry for the Palate

In Mandarin, hong means red, and tang sugar. Hong tang, red sugar, then is definitely an appropriate name for this sweets joint, although their less literal translation is sweet poetry. Recommended to me by a friend, Hong Tang turned out to be a pleasant experience. If you’re into Asian traditional desserts like mochi, ice kacang, and soup-based desserts, give Hong Tang a try. This could be a place to take your parents and grandparents too (let’s hope they don’t have diabetes), so they can tell you how these modern desserts compare to the true traditional ones they know. Price wise, you are looking at spending in the range of 25-45K per bowl of dessert. I shared my bowl because these sweets could get you pretty high! All the items shown below are recommended, just depends on what you feel like enjoying. And if you’re like me, looking for an alternative to Bubble Tea (there are maybe about a hundred joints in Pantai Indah Kapuk), be brave, opt for something different and hop to Hong Tang! Black Sesame Soup (#101) Hot/Cold​ –Recommended …

Bittersweet: More Sweet Than Bitter

I love cake. Did you know that cake can be a loyal, loving friend? Cake is my good friend. You know how some women end up growing old with no one but 30 cats in their home? I’d be one of those, except I’d be having, instead of cats around, cake. My fetish for cake has been around since I was little, but more and more, it’s becoming unruly. They say you don’t eat the goods you bake yourself, but when I bake, I am absolutely guilty of that. And serendipitously, when I’m baking, I always end up having a lot of leftovers. I do give out most to people, but the rest (usually the ugly) I keep for myself (sometimes stashed in my bedroom). Don’t judge. Since I got back form the US, there are few restaurants/cake shops in Jakarta that serve cakes that I really enjoy. Bittersweet is one of them, yay! At this point, perhaps like me, you are probably sick of reading about red velvet cake. I wasn’t sure why or …