Airy Butter Cookies

Lazing about in the house I figured I could make some butter cookies. Always wanted to, but never really bothered to do so. So today I will be making some butter cookies. These butter cookies are light and airy without the heavy amounts of sugar in it. A perfect cookie for a lazy afternoon.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. cake flour
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp. butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly whisked
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (or lemon extract)

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375°F.

Step 2: Cream butter with an electric mixer over medium speed until smooth.

Step 3: Add the sugar and confectioner’s sugar, continue to cream until fluffy. (When the sugar has dissolved into the batter.)

Step 4: Add 1/2 of the whisked egg into the butter mixture at a time, stir, and combine well between adding egg each time, the volume increases and color lightens.

Step 5: Stir in vanilla extract and combine well.

Step 6: Sift flour into the egg mixture.

Step 7: Use a spatula to combine all ingredients. Don’t over stir, just incorporate the flour into the mixture.

Step 8: Transfer the batter into an icing bag with a star tip.

Step 9: Refrigerate batter for 30 minutes-1 hour. (I forgot to chill beforehand)

Step 10: Pipe the batter on a lined baking tray with parchment paper, in 1-inch circles, that’s about 1 tablespoon each of batter, evenly spaced 1-inch apart.

Step 11: Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown. (Keep close watch on the last 2 minutes, will brown quickly.) *First picture is at 12 minutes and second picture is at 9 minutes.

Step 12: Let cool on a wire rack completely.

Step 13: Store in an air-tight container.

Notes:
*When the color turns to the point a bit lighter than you prefer, then you can remove the cookies from oven. The cookies will get a bit darker after a while.

Spam Musubi

While watching the show “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” I came across Spam Musubi from Mana Bu’s. I just had to recreate it. Since I didn’t want to go the conventional route and make it with the traditional mold. I will be recreating the version on the show, which is similar to an onigiri. Here is a review of Mana Bu’s Musubi.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 1 canned Spam (any flavor you would like to use)
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. mirin(I didn’t have any so I will be making a substitute)
  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 3-4 cups of cooked Japanese short grain rice
  • sheets of nori (for sushi making)

Step 1: Slice the Spam into 1/2 inch slices.

Step 2: Brown the Spam in a skillet over high heat until both sides are browned.

Step 3: In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, oyster sauce, mirin, water, and sugar until the sugar is dissolved.

Step 4: Once the Spam is done browning, turn the heat down to low and pour in the sauce mix.

Step 5: Simmer the sauce gently for 20-30 minutes, the sauce will have thicken as well.

Step 6: Once the sauce thickens, take the pan off the heat and set aside. (I will be cutting them in half to fit into the onigiri shape)

Step 7: Wet your clean hands with cold water sprinkle with salt.

Step 8: Take 1/2 cup of the rice and place on one hand. (I couldn’t take pictures for steps 8-12, my hands were covered in water, rice, and nori)

Step 9: Make a dent in the middle of the rice with your other hand.

Step 10: Place in 1 piece of the Spam in the dent.

Step 11: Working rapidly, wrap the rice around the filling, and form into a ball. To make the traditional triangular shape, cup your hand sharply to form each corner, and keep turning it until you are happy with the shape. (I recommend using a mold, it was really difficult keeping it in a triangle shape.)

Step 12: Wrap the musubi with 1-2 strips of nori seaweed.

Beef Bowls

While living in Miami I had tried my very first beef bowl and it blew my mind. I just had to make some. So I will be attempting to recreate a traditional beef bowl today.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 5oz. thinly sliced beef (I will be using veal, didn’t slice it thin enough)
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 oz. (2 tsp.) ginger root, grated
  • 2 servings of rice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. sake
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 cups hot water

Step 1: In a large pan, add in the onion and hot water and bring to a boil.

Step 2: Allow to boil for 7 minutes, or until the onion is soft.

Step 3: Add the sake, sugar, salt, soy sauce, ginger and beef; stir, cover, and boil for 8-10 minutes over medium heat.

Step 4: Taste and add more sugar and/or soy sauce if needed.

Step 5: Serve over the steamed rice.

Notes: Leftover broth can be used for dipping.

Hot Nutella Coffee

Finding a stash of leftover whipped cream and half a jar of Nutella I thought of combining them. I wanted something hot, but that it didn’t require any real effort to make. So coffee came to mind. I’ve been going through a coffee phase and mocha has always been a favorite. Why not use Nutella.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 8 oz. hot coffee
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. + 1 Tbsp. Nutella
  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar (or more, to taste)
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream

Step 1: In a large mug, stir together hot coffee, 1 1/2 Tbsp. Nutella, cocoa powder and sugar. (Add more sugar to taste, if needed.)

Step 2: In a small bowl, add in remaining Nutella and 1 Tbsp. of the hot coffee mixture. Stir until Nutella has dissolved.

Step 4: Fold Nutella mixture into the whipped cream until incorporated.

Step 5: Top hot coffee mixture with whipped cream mixture.

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