Intro: Baking my way through lockdown

Hi I’m Dom. I’m a part time baker with a full time sweet tooth.  When lockdown went into full effect late March, we all entered this new world that was far different from what it was before. For me, that meant packing up my office workstation and working from home without much indication of when…

Ch. 65: Neapolitan Sugar Cookies that are worth a tri

I’d first heard of Sarah Kieffer through Instagram. When you follow as many baking profiles as I do, you start to get a feel of those in the industry who make waves. In looking more at her stuff, I realized that she’s the brain behind the pan-banging method- a style of cookie that I’d noticed…

Ch. 64: Mango-Mansi Cupcakes- a flavor infusion

The other week, I had gone through the process of defrosting some frozen mango that was given to me and spent some time blending it and cooking it down to a puree. Even after making the Mango Coconut Pie, I still had a considerable amount of homemade mango puree and not much of an idea…

Ch. 63: Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels- one recipe to rule the mall

I’ve been pretty active on Instagram, posting my latest recipe tests and doing little how-to’s in my stories. In liking other people’s stuff and posting my own, I’d gotten some feedback from other baking profiles. One commenter had complimented my flavors on a post, to which I replied that all credit goes to King Arthur…

Ch. 62: Halaya at ya boy- Ube Crinkle Cookies

Ube is one of those flavors that I’m pretty obsessed with. Growing up and living in Guam, ube flavored things are seen everywhere- given how close we are to the Philippines and how accessible their products are. Everything from ube cakes to ube custards to even ube Melona- yup you heard that right– is found…

Ch. 61: The Sweet Escape of Mango Coconut Pie

This past mango season came bearing fruit (literally). Just a few months ago, we’d been gifted bags upon bags of ripe mango that definitely satisfied our cravings for a while. That stock had since run dry and mango season is officially over. And then, one of my aunties had messaged me, saying that she had…

Ch. 60: Twice Baked Maple Walnut Biscotti

I’ve never been much of a biscotti guy. That’s probably because I like my coffee iced, and so the appeal of the presumed hard and dry cookie was lost on me. Still, this whole blog is about exploration and trying my hand at common desserts and baked goods that I hadn’t attempted before. So I…

Ch. 59: When life gives you Lemon Bars…

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not that big a fan of lemon desserts. Now that’s not to say that I don’t enjoy the occasional lemon cake or some other dish with that tart, citrusy flavor. I just didn’t really grow up eating a lot of sweet things with lemon, and so they’re…

Ch. 58: Experimenting on Orange Coconut Muffins

I want to start off with a disclaimer that the recipe for this post was only really a starting off point- to which I changed and made it my own. There have been a bunch of programs in place that provide residents here with different food items this lockdown. Everything from taco meat to sliced…

Ch. 57: To each their Earl Grey Scone

I’m always interested in trying out new flavors that you don’t often see. A lot of the desserts out there are classic flavors featuring either chocolate or caramel or fruit. You don’t often see many baked goods featuring Earl Grey, and so when I saw that Sara of Buttermilk Pantry had a recipe for Earl…

Ch. 56: Hamburger Buns- the best thing since sliced bread

One morning, my dad was looking through the fridge and said “I’m making hamburgers for dinner.” “Say no more” I replied (not literally, but you get the picture). I immediately pulled up a video from Joshua Weissman for his recipe on Hamburger Buns. I’d been sitting on this one for a while- not really having…