recipe box : brown butter mochiko cake

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if i'm home on a lazy sunday, this happens most often around 4 or 5pm, more than likely i am in yoga pants and have probably been hanging out with netflix for more than a few hours. deep down i know i should be planning dinner but why lie to myself I have dessert brain and the cake fever can set it in suspiciously fast.

i find myself needing cake like i mean r e a l l y NEED it. 

doesn't have to be a whole dang cake but come on.. we are making a whole cake because that's what we do here. on the general i'm not picky about my sunday cake. i'll settle for a slice of whatever and most definitely a cupcake would do. chocolate buttermilk ? dare i mention red velvet.. that's not still a thing right? (for me it always will be a thing) carrot cake.. yep, that could be good. 

all cakes welcome.

i'll look through my pantry to see what i have to work with.. flours, powders, sugars. peek in the fridge.. sticks of butter? any leftover buttermilk? i hope i have an egg or two. cocoa powder? oh, chocolate chips.. i could melt those. hrm.. ideas.

when i find a box of sweet rice flour tucked away my go-to is this mochiko cake recipe. my mom has been making a version of this cake ever since i was little so to me it tastes like home but this isn't my mama's recipe.

brown butter will be the secret, not so secret weapon.

Ingredients

mochiko- that's a fun word. if you think it might have something to do with mochi you wouldn't be wrong.

this sweet rice flour is used in a multitude of filipino, thai and other asian desserts. a unique squishy texture since sweet rice is a sticky glutinous rice you'll usually find it has a nice chew to it.

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although it is sort of deceiving, sweet (glutinous) rice flour is actually, ahem.. GLUTEN FREE! it really refers to that lovely chewy texture i was talking about.

tricky tricky.

wheat and i still get a long but it's good to have a few recipes to count on for friends and family that are intolerant to the gluten.

let's get started!

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first thing we need to do is brown that butter and give it a chance to cool. grab a small light metal colored pan or pot and brown baby brown over low heat. you'll hear crackles and pops, once you see brown golden flecks and your kitchen smells like heaven you'll know it's ready.

you could also go the christina tosi method and brown butter in the microwave. if you have ever burned your butter on the stove top you should give this method a try. it is almost impossible to burn butter using a microwave so the odds will forever be in your favor.

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let's gather the dry ingredients.

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while the butter is browning, whisk together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and set aside.

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transfer the brown butter into the mixer bowl and let cool.

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pure magic right there. heart eyes so hard!

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sugah sugah.

once the butter has cooled, mix in the sugar. 

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it should still have a coarse yet creamy consistency. warning the smell will be super intoxicating. 

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crack a couple eggs and mix together.

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scrape down the mixing bowl when necessary.

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i like to add the eggs in batches, it incorporates more consistently together this way.

lots of eggs in this cake recipe!

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mix thoroughly.

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don't forget the vanilla extract (splurge on the good stuff to boost the flavor, you won't regret it)

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now to alternate between wet and dry ingredients.

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you want to start with the dry ingredients.

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mix for a short time.

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then slowly add the coconut milk.

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keep working back and forth between the two until you've used up both sets of materials.

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make sure to finish with the dry ingredients.

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prepare your baking dish. i used an old casserole dish that belongs to my mom but you can use a pyrex or just a regular 9x13 cake sheet. seriously though..bouncy cake is around the corner.

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 pour the mochiko cake batter into the prepared baking dish, make sure to get it ALL!

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pop the cake into a preheated 350° oven and set a timer for 60 minutes.

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we'll leave the dirty dishes for the cleaning fairies.

where's that cake?!

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oh, there you are.

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hello beautiful.

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spongy, dense with a slight chew.

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this is such a great lowkey sunday cake. super easy, minimal but with a slightly elevated flavor and texture combination. let's not forget that this is also accidentally gluten free, fear not my gluten intolerant folks.

i hope this cake goes good with your netflix weekend, happy eating!

xox

rita

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brown butter mochiko cake

sweet sticky rice flour cake.


 

INGREDIENTS

    • 1 (16oz) box mochiko sweet rice flour
    • 1/4 tsp sea salt
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 C butter, browned
    • 2 C sugar
    • 5 eggs
    • 1 (13.5oz) can of coconut milk

INSTRUCTIONS

    1. brown the butter, set aside & let cool.
  • dry ingredients - medium bowl

    1. combine mochiko flour, salt, baking powder and set aside.
  • mixer bowl using the paddle attachment

    1. mix the cooled brown butter with sugar until fully incorporated (2-3 minutes)
    2. add the eggs in batches, scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
    3. mix in the vanilla extract.
    4. start incorporating a little of the dry ingredients, next add a little coconut milk, alternate between these two and finish with the dry ingredients.
    5. mix until the streaks of flour are gone.
    6. pour cake batter into a prepared baking dish and bake in a preheated 350° oven for an hour.

crimmus time 2017

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sneaky peaky at my family's christmas eve partay.

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this was our first LARGE gathering we've had in quite sometime.
i was SO happy my brother and his family were able to make it down from oregon this year, my mom was over the moon!

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we all were supposed to wear ugly christmas sweaters but of course my doofus brother shows us up in an ugly christmas yeti two piece suit.

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this is probably the only photo i have of the dessert i made for our party, i was literally packing up the car as the apple pie was still baking. when you work a full time job it can be hard to fit in everything you said you would be bringing to the party BUT i did it!



an instagram slideshow of my shortbread christmas bars! these babies are non negotiable for christmas time.. HAVE to have to have them.

I also made pandan cookies, brown butter chocolate chip cookies, and peanutella cookies too. every christmas party needs a tray of cookies.

oh and lets not forget the pies!

a few silly videos i shared on my instagram story of the pie prepping process. i made a sweet potato, pumpkin and an apple pie. perhaps filming might be something i do more often? video is always something i had distanced myself from, i am definitely one who feels IMMENSELY awkward in most things involving cameras and even more so with video since it captures e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. however it is pretty neat to have to look back on to that is more than just a still frame moment. maybe i'll find my own way.

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if it was up to her, i think there would be way more twerking photos. 

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my love!! having my best friend here this year and more for MANY more to come also makes my heart super duper happy.

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this human she created is the coolest kiddo, i can't believe how FAST she is growing. 

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she is the sweetest.

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we got a bit loud when the white elephant game really got going. 

people were ruthless!! stealing gifts from kids and the elderly, no shame not when a movie poster or a coffee press is on the line. although you could have been extra lucky and ended up with the super sized container of colon cleanser.

not all gifts were created equally but hey now, that was the point.

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me desperately trying to get my brother's attention, what the hell is new?! haha 

"sean take a photo with me NOW pleeeeease"

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it felt weird that my dad wasn't there, our christmas eve party was his favorite, i think it will always feel a little weird.

i'm thankful this year had more laughs, hugs and tears of joy compared to last year when we were all a bit too sad. the grieving process is such a weird one. to all those who celebrated without someone you wished you could have i hope you all got extra hugs and cuddles to make up for it. nothing will ever fix it but hopefully with time and more love.. things will keep continuing to feel better.

xo

rita

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the Foodcourt: tsp. baking company

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hello lover.

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local veteran vegas baker does it again with the tsp. baking company!

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mini cupcakes means..you can have as MANY cupcakes as you'd like because i mean come on.. they are pretty much cake samples.

yes, think of them as samples. you're welcome.

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let's get down to business.

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cheesecake. 

vanilla cake with graham on top with cheesecake frosting.

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pbc.

chocolate cake topped with peanut butter frosting.

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cinnamon french toast.

cinnamon cake topped with maple frosting.

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brownie batter.

chocolate cake with brownie batter frosting.

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party cake.

confetti cake with vanilla bean frosting dipped in rainbow jimmy sprinkles.

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kari's cake has been in my top 3 for almost a decade, i truly get excited each time i get to take these babies home. 

the cake is dense but moist and extremely flavorful without being too crazy sweet, which is exactly the way i like my cake.

i always thought i didn't care that much for buttercream frosting but it turns out i had actually just been eating the wrong kind of buttercream.

here is a tsp original.. wait for it...!

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FAIRY ROLLS! 

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got to have a cinnamon roll too. 

it would be straight up rude not to.. manners are super important.

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basically it is a flaky pastry dough filled with sugar & rainbow sprinkles, then it gets smothered in vanilla bean frosting and even MORE rainbow sprinkles!

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BFFs

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they are magical, eat one or 5.

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 cookie corner.

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an old cozy classic, oatmeal raisin cookie.

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cinnamon sugar cookie has a special spot in my heart since it was probably one of the first cookies i ever tried of kari's and the cinnamon buttercream is DIVINE

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last but very very certainly not least, a lemon cookie.

these are the perfect amount of sour to sweet ratio, when it comes to lemon desserts that is an extremely important factor on how much i will like it. 

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this is just a taste of what the tsp baking company has to offer since i didn't even mention the ice cream.. yes, they also have ice cream because why not?

hopefully i've convinced you to make the trip for a sweet treat because i think i have convinced myself.

i can see the future, be there shortly.

see you there? we can have a cupcake date. 

happy eating!!

xo

rita

 


tis the season!

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oh hello there,

i'm back! as in.. I finally have a new laptop! as in.. I managed to restore my photo editing software to said new laptop!

let's not dwell on the part where I lost a little over 2 years of photos.. no, no must not continue to keep doing that. instead let's celebrate new beginnings and possibilities with a blog post!

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there isn't much hope for a white christmas in Vegas so the holiday feels can feel a little far a way but there are a few things around town that can help change that. the ethel m chocolate factory is a season must that is high up on the list. with the combination of Christmas lights and the smell of chocolate in the air it is easy to get the spirits stirring.

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hello my name is ruby, I work at a chocolate factory.

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even though it was pretty late in the evening I was really excited to get a chance to see people still working. it was like I could almost hear marc summers' voice in my head when I walked along the glass separating all of us from their chocolatey assembly line. not to mention how hardcore I was spying on their work tables I was incredibly curious to see what was going on there.

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after all that work, there they are..!

dark chocolate anything for me pleeease.

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I do not know the owner of this butt, I apologize if this is your butt.

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I do know this one though.

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 check out that smile. lines for days? no sweat.

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my wallace loves.

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supposedly she is the oldest sibling..suspicous. 


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the. best. cocoa.

this is the kind of hot cocoa that you don't mind waiting for.

not to mention how necessary it is before you walk the cactus garden. Vegas may not get much or any snow but it is a desert and it can get extremely cold.. says the person who is cold all the time.. I know, I know.

trust me, rookie move if you skip the cocoa. 

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bundle up to the fullest, cocoa in hand, and you're ready!

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famiglia.

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the holidays remind us to make the time.


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i feel like this year has been pretty rough for a lot of people. speaking from personal experience it really has been for me. i thought for sure this whole year not one good thing actually happened but i realized that wasn't true.

i'm truly grateful for all the people who have been so supportive and empathetic towards me. i couldn't imagine this year playing out as it did without these lovely batch of humans whom i've been lucky to have at my side.

sometimes you have to remind yourself of what matters after you've had crap experiences. sure let yourself wallow, feel your feels but then remember what matters and keep pushing forward.

i remembered i still had this space. i have my family and friends. i have me. 

merry christmas and have a happy new years, i hope you appreciate all the things we tend to forget about and that you take the time to be kind to yourself.

xo

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caitlin

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something a little different..i know i know.

you have this lovely lady to blame, meet caitlin. 

caitlin reached out to me about taking photos to help build up her portfolio and have a little experience in front of a camera. she is super into make up, special effects is where she has a ton of fun. so how could i say no? she is my niece after all, that is what family is for.

just like that it sparked an interest and this whole new venture for me.

caitlinwallacea majority of my photography is obviously food based with a few deviations here and there.

photos of people especially isn't something i'm familiar with at all but i decided to change that with a ton of solo research. lighting seemed to be the most important aspect but really... that is true for photography in general.

i stumbled onto a few blog posts that talked about ring lights and even found a few helpful ones that showed you how to make your own. i really liked what i saw, so many really great end result photos these lights were able to produce. since all of my lighting is homemade i figured this would be a really fun project and a great additional tool for future use.

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caitlin nerds out about the tv show face off on syfy but i mean... obvs? if you haven't ever caught an episode it really stretches the limits of what you are capable of doing with make up. it's also so neat to see how all of these ghoulish creatures from movies and tv get brought to life by a person with an endless imagination and an amazing crafty skill set.

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the first rule of fight club is..

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zombies are some of her favorite.

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flesh on fleek.

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she is pretty cool, i'm happy we share dna.

you can keep up with caitlin on her instagram and see what other rad things she is doing with her make up. hopefully i'll be able to share more of her work in this space as well.

i'm excited to get a lot more use from the ring light and continue learning about this new area of photography. also always looking for volunteers! so don't be afraid to speak up.

see you soon, xo

rita

 

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