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Good Easter

I was up in LA on Good Friday so I was denied my chance to make something hot and crossed, like last years hot crossed scones. Sooo I combined my easter craving for blueberry pancakes with hot crossed buns semi ala Joy The Baker .


The pic is pre-crossing, which I completed with lemon curd AND maple syrup (:.

The recipe can be found here. I subbed the oat flour for regular flour, kept the egg, and sprinkled in currants rather than blueberries (10-12 per cake).

I also cut the recipe in half for 8 pancakes.

They were honestly great. Like cake, so moist and rich I could only eat half the stack. But I’d highly recommend!!





Spring Breeaaaak

*Insert James Franco Voice* … you will only understand if you have seen Spring Breakers and I strongly hope you have not seen that movie


So. I have a recipe for cheesecake cupcakes. Its easy, its the go-to recipe man, its almost too easy because everyone seems to like it. So pretty much I end up making it all the time when I need to make a birthday dessert, celebratory cupcakes, etc.

Cheese cake cupcakes (makes 6)

1/3-1/2 cup gramcrackers

1 tbsp butter (melted)

1-8 oz package of cream cheese (or Neufchatel cheese)

1 egg

1/4 cup white sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp lemon juice

(preheat oven to 325 degrees. crush graham crackers and add 1 tbsp butter melted, mix up until all gram has been buttered. spread evenly between cupcake tin. Cook for 10 mins. Meanwhile mix melted cream cheese [i used neufchatel] with egg, sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice. Add to cupcake tins [fill 3/4 up, they wont rise too much]. Cook for 25-25 minutes. Cool and place in fridge for a few hours to cool it down. Store in fridge or eat all immediately)

This is how you crush the graham crackers…

Normal I know.

I got a little excited and decided to add Dulce de Leche to my cupcakes (and mini cheese cake I made with leftovers)

I heated my dulce and addedd a table spoon to each cupcake (real table spoon, like a metal spoon where the origin of the word table spoon comes from so probably less than an acual regulation grade tablespoon. [that sounds absurd ha])

And finito. didn’t get to try as they were for a friend but I heard they were a success. Would recommend (:

patriotic rolls

Red (cinnamon), white (butta), and blue (blueberries!) cinnamon rolls for the 4th (along with the red, white, and blue berry pie I made later)

Cinnamon roll recipe as usual from Joy.

Dough made with a kitchen aid dough hook just CANNOT compair

All lumpy from the blueberries and such

Hot Crossed Buns Scones for Good Friday

So I desperately have wanted to make these pretty much the entire year. But I was waiting for Good Friday. But I spent most of that day in the lab and then in a car. So I had to celebrate a day late on “good” Saturday ha. I made them for my family which was nice, given I never get to see them

I used my usual scone recipe from La Petit Brioche and replaced lemon with orange and blueberries with currants. Then piped them with melted white chocolate. It was a success


Last Spring Break I was fortunate enough to be able to go down to the Lower Ninth Ward with my best friend and volunteer for the week. (excellent pictures here).

This year I was lucky enough to do the same.

Though, I will say the trip was completely different…

…For one thing, we road tripped

Fort Stockton, TX where we stayed the way there.

It took us 14 hours the first day and 12 the second. But we arrived in Uptown on Saturday night and stayed at my friends cousins’ house.

Uptown is great. It’s small town-y but kind of modern, right by Tulane, a little reminiscent of SLO. Really, really great food too.

Her cousin’s blue house was amazing. He’s a cool guy. Gave us home brewed beer and took us out both to Oak Street Cafe which is a mix of Cajun-California food (run by a San Diegan) and it was great.

We spent Sunday touring Downtown and then worked all week. It was a great trip overall. I feel like I got to know so much more about New Orleans from last time and learned some clutch spots. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back there some time soon.

Please donate to Lower Nine.

I will completely vouch for this organization. Usually I am skeptical about giving to nonprofits because you don’t necessarily know if the money is going to the right places. But they work directly with locals, to provide what residents need. It’s not about fulfilling the interests of government or us volunteers but about helping the people of New Orleans how they need to be helped. It’s an incredible organization and I hope it continues to be supported in the future.

There is still much to be done.