Banana, Espresso, and Chocolate Chip Scones

I have been baking for breakfast for the past few months and i realized that scones are the easiest and fastest baked goods for breakfast ((:

Found this recipe for banana, coffee and chocolate chip scone that tasted so great that the guys finished everything within 2 days. You can kinda gauge how good the breakfast is by how fast the guys finish everything. :p

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Banana, Espresso, and Chocolate Chip Scones

makes 8

adapted from yummly

1/3cup heavy cream
1 large egg
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon coffee powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/4 sticks (10 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
1 cup very ripe mashed bananas
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place oven racks in top and bottom thirds of the oven. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. 

In a small bowl, whisk cream and egg; set aside. In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, coffee powder, and cinnamon. Add chilled butter, and mix with a pastry blender or fork until a coarse meal forms with tiny pea-sized butter pieces. Mix in bananas and chocolate chips. Add the cream mixture to the flour mixture and, using a spoon, mix until just combined. Do not over mix, or the dough will become leaden. 

Place scones (just divide the dough into 8 approximately equal parts) on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake scones for 20-22 minutes, rotating pans mid-way through. Bake until puffed and golden; transfer to a rack to cool.Camera 360

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Kauai Day 2

Woke up to a bright, sunny day ((: What a difference from Pittsburgh. This was the view from our hotel room. Awesome isn’t it? Listening to the waves crash in as we forced ourselves to wake up and enjoy the day.

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Walked along the long stretch of private beach. So beautiful ((:

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Then we decided to eat some local food. Bought Hawaiian food takeout! Its called Poke (pronounced pok-ey). I got spicy crab & spicy ahi.

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He got scallop and spicy baby lobster.

It was soooo good! ((: surprisingly. And mariott has a expedia booth, so went there to get some deals for activities ((: She recommended that we did a helicopter trip that day because it was sunny and beautiful (and Hawaii is usually misty or windy). We also got a deal for a boat trip for the next day. The helicopter trip is about 275 per person. and the Boat trip was about 150. If you get those deals from expedia you get a free T-shirt and a free dvd for your trip for the helicopter ride! ((:

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The helicopter we were going to get on

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looks cool huh

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This is the famous waterfall in Jurassic Park

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This is a “tree tunnel” that used to be 3 mile long, but after a hurricane it is only 1 mile long. We were on our way to Poipu beach. Looked for restaurant on yelp and most of the restaurants had mains that were 30+. So if you’re looking for a place to stay in Kauai, keep that in mind. Poipu is definitely for the richer older couples. Kapaa (where we stayed) was probably for the middle class tourists. There was a lot of food there and mains were only 10-30.

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Dinner at Brenneckes Beach Restaurant ((: We got clam chowder again, but this wasn’t as good as the one at Buzz’s Wharf. I got seared ahi with ravioli

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He got fish and chip. It wasn’t that great, but it was one of the more affordable restaurants in poipu. We’ve spent more than what we signed up for so we went to the cheaper place )):

Went back to our hotel and spent the rest of the night in our room. Definitely spent a lot more time in our room in Kauai compared to Maui. And i’m glad for that because we slept so little in Maui!

I am a loser

So, BOA sent me an online statement today (idk why i never seen any from them in a long time) and it suddenly hit me that I have about 1k in that account and I don’t know whats my account number etc. I created an account last summer, and put money in + sent my last paycheck there. But i never checked it ever again. I have a temporary debit card from there, but my real debit card never arrived. >< damn, another administrative matter that I have to deal with.

Chocolate Banana Cupcake

Chooyang’s birthday surprise on sunday and wc’s birthday surprise just now. Its been a busy week! made chocolate banana cupcakes for cy’s birthday surprise + potluck thingy because tk was too lazy to make anything. The problem is that 4615 Filmore has all the guys and they make just 1 dish. And then the rest of the houses are mainly girls and they each make a dish. So we always end up with 1 main dish and 3-4 desserts. >< That was why I wanted tk to make his duck fat potato hash except that he was too lazy. ><

Here’s the recipe anyways ((:

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Banana Chocolate Cupcakes

(makes 12) adapted from joyofbaking

1 cup (200 g) granulated white sugar

1 cup (130g) All-purpose flour

1/3 cup (35 g) unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium sized banana)

1/2 cup (120 ml) warm water

1/4 cup (60 ml) milk

1/3 cup (60ml) canola oil

3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Chocolate Fudge Frosting:

90g unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup (113 g) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup (120 g) confectioners sugar, sifted

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place rack in the center of the oven. Line 12 regular-sized muffin cups with paper liners or spray each cup with a non stick vegetable spray.

In a large bowl whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.In another large bowl, whisk together the egg, mashed banana, water, milk, oil, and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir, or whisk, until combined. (The batter is quite thin.) Pour or scoop the batter into the muffin cups, about 3/4 full, and bake for about20 minutesor until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. Then you can start on your chocolate frosting!

Chocolate Frosting: Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until smooth and creamy (about 1 minute). Add the sugar and beat until it is light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the chocolate and beat on low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until frosting is smooth and glossy (about 2 -3 minutes).

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before I added the sliced banana as decoration! ((:

You can either pipe the frosting or just use a knife to add it on. I did both because some friends love sweet desserts and some want it to be healthier ((:

Maui day 4/Kauai day 1

it was our last day in Maui and we woke up at 4am to go see the sunrise at Haleakala Crater. It was sooo crazy, I never woke up so early before! >< And it was a 2 hour drive to the top of the Haleakala Crater. Almost died. Photos below! So we drove 2 hours to the top, waited for the sunrise for 10minutes, watched it for 10minutes, and drove another 2 hours back ><

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look at the colors! Its’s so pretty!!

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IMG_1504Lunch at Star Noodle. It is like the number 1 on yelp, and we were quite disappointed with the asian food in Hawaii and tk didn’t want to try it. Kinda forced him to try it. The head chef joined the Top Chef show and is quite famous.

This is some Vietnamese crepe. It’s the first time i tried something like that and it’s actually quite good! ((:

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ramen

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Flight to kauai was pretty fast, less than an hour. This is our mega huge room at the mariott ((: I think we’re quite lucky, they upgraded us to a ocean view suite! ((: It was night time so i didn’t take photos of the view.

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Dinner. This was pretty good, it wasn’t hamburger steak, they minced the short ribs and added foie gras. YUM

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tk continued his seafood binge with Wahoo fish.

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photos of our helicopter trip & boat trip soon! ((:

Chocolate Chip Nutella Cookies! ((:

was bored and hungry, so i made chocolate chip nutella cookies! Based one of my homework (which was to design a website) on nutella. So I had cravings for nutella for a while 😛 yums

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Here’s the recipe ((:

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Nutella Cookies

Makes 2 dozen cookies

adapted from ambitious kitchen

Ingredients

2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon of salt

2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter

1 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 jar of Nutella, chilled in refrigerator

Coarse sea salt for sprinkling

Directions

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and set aside. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. The butter will begin to foam. Whisk the butter once in a while during this process. After a couple of minutes, the butter will begin to brown on the bottom of the saucepan; continue to whisk and remove from heat as soon as the butter begins to brown and give off a nutty aroma. Immediately transfer the butter to a bowl to prevent burning. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.

With an electric mixer, mix the butter and sugars until thoroughly blended. Beat in the egg, yolk, vanilla, and yogurt until combined. Add the dry ingredients slowly and beat on low-speed just until combined. Gently fold in all of the chocolate chips.

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Chill your dough for an hour in the refrigerator, or place in freezer for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Once dough is chilled measure about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. Flatten the dough ball very thinly into the palm of your hand. Place 1 teaspoon of chilled nutella in the middle and fold dough around it; gently roll into a ball. Make sure that the nutella is not seeping out of the dough. Add more dough if necessary. Place dough balls on cookie sheet, 2 inches apart and flatten with your hand gently (just a little because the dough will spread out by itself in the oven).

Bake the cookies 9-11 minutes or until the edges of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. They will look a bit underdone in the middle, but will continue to cook once out of the oven. Cool the cookies on the sheets at least 2 minutes. Sprinkle with a little sea salt. Remove the cooled cookies from the baking sheets after a few minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

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