Sweets & Desserts

Croquembouche – Matcha Cream-Filled Cream Puff Tower

Croquembouche – Matcha Cream-Filled Cream Puff Tower

Here’s a common lesson we’ve never listen to (well at least, I often don’t) – DON’T RUN BEFORE YOU CAN WALK. There’s a reason why I titled the post this way; yes, I did have to attempt the infamous croquembouche twice. Before these attempts I […]

I Made Peanut Butter Chocolate Layer Cake

I Made Peanut Butter Chocolate Layer Cake

Soooooo this is not a recipe post…I used The Novice Chef Blog for this cake right here, so please go check it out if you wanna give it a try! Both the cake and the frosting is delicious, but I did make my own ganache […]

Bourbon Pumpkin Pecan Madeleines

Bourbon Pumpkin Pecan Madeleines

It took me quite a bit to research the best ratios of butter to flour to sugar while incorporating pumpkin puree without deflating the batter…and I still failed and had to make these a second time LOL The first batch still tasted good..they were just […]

Baked Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches

Baked Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches

This is a quick blog post! I made this on my Instagram a while ago and I’m posting the written recipe here now that I have this blog. Scroll down my highlights for visual reference at @pokethedough Ingredients 1 cup water 2 tablespoons brown sugar […]

I Made Hogwarts Sorting Hat Empanadas

I Made Hogwarts Sorting Hat Empanadas

This idea was the brainchild between my late-night Pinterest browsing – “OOOO what if I made these witch hat calzones but make them empanadas instead” – and my boyfriend’s off-the-wall ideas – “What if you made them Harry Potter inspired, like all the houses!” …and […]

I Made a Tiramisu Layer Cake

I Made a Tiramisu Layer Cake

This last Friday was spent making this tiramisu layer cake for my wonderful boyfriend’s 25th birthday. Tiramisu is his favorite cake, but because I’m inherently extra and refused to make the traditional kind (nothing against the original, it just doesn’t have that birthday look to […]

Creme Brulee Fruit-Filled Crepe Cones

Creme Brulee Fruit-Filled Crepe Cones

This whole recipe idea originated from ZoeBakes recipe for lemon mascarpone crepe cake which sounds AMAZINGGG… …but clearly, this is not that. My brain works in weird ways and it’s all over the place 24/7…but I’d say this was one of my more successful creations. […]

Blueberry Cream & Lemon Curd Brioche Donuts

Blueberry Cream & Lemon Curd Brioche Donuts

I don’t know why it took me two weeks to make donuts – freaking donuts – but it did. My first try was supposed to be a play on coffee and donuts – Vietnamese-Italian fusion bombolini filled with a Vietnamese coffee-flavored pastry cream. Sounds good […]

Roasted Peaches & Cream Scones

Roasted Peaches & Cream Scones

To be honest, I had never eaten a scone in my life before making these; I just never had the desire to seek them out. But when I saw my current food idol Carla Music and my throwback food idol Ina Garten make scones…you just […]

Cute Animal Cream Puffs

Cute Animal Cream Puffs

Coming back from a 5-week family vacation in Vietnam, I wanted to make something visually appealing if I was going to rehydrate my dry Instagram feed after not posting anything for more than a month. These cream puffs are inspired by @sweet_essence_ panda cream puffs […]