Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter

Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter
Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter
Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter
Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter
Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter
Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter
Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter
Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter
Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter
Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter
Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter

I stayed out until almost midnight last night. ON A WEDNESDAY. Who am I?! An innocent farewell happy hour for a dear coworker somehow transitioned into another dear friend’s birthday hang out. Then that transitioned into a late night sushi and udon dinner because I get cranky if all I had for dinner were a few french fries and brussel sprouts. Yet somehow I got up on the early side this morning! Feeling slightly groggy but I’m hopping the sesame bagel about to go inhale will help with that.


How are you dealing with daylight savings? I personally love it because now I wake up each morning (with the exception of today) feeling like the most productive superhero. Before the time change I was stuck in a bad rut of waking up way too late and always having to rush to work like a crazy person. Now it’s sunny at 7am, and as a Leo that is literally powered by the sun, waking up is so much easier and somewhat enjoyable. The only bummer is that it’s pitch black at like 4pm now, which makes working until 6 pretty dreadful... if I’m at home I don’t mind it though! 


I don’t have a great transition into these scones, other than I really really which I kept a few of these in the freezer. Ah a scone with some miso honey butter would be glorious right now. Update: the bagel was ok... I miss New Jersey. 


These scones are super light, airy, flaky, slightly sweet, and moist. Are scones supposed to be moist? I’ve read some controversial writing from people who believe scones should be dry or drier to their biscuit counterparts. But like why? If you know, please tell me. The Asian pears add a lot of natural moisture to the scones, so they are definitely a little moister than your typical scone, but not so moist that it feels like you’re eating a cake. If you haven’t had an Asian pear before, you need to stop what you’re doing to go buy some. Most grocery stores have them if you don’t have an Asian grocery near you. They are pretty much the only pear I genuinely enjoy eating. They are super juicy and crisp, almost like an apple. The flesh is sweet with a slight floral taste. Other conventional pears are just too mushy for me... can’t get behind it unless it’s poached and served on ice cream or something to that nature. 


Can we talk about this Miso Honey Butter?! It’s soooo freaking amazing and insanely easy to make. I want to put it on everything. It hits all of the salty, sweet, funky, and umami notes that I’m constantly craving. Omg, I just got an idea for honey miso butter cookies! Ok adding this to my Christmas cookie list. 
Happy Thursday, Friends!


Asian Pear Scones with Miso Honey Butter

makes 8 large scones


scones:

4 cups all purpose flour
½ cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
½ cup frozen butter – grated
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
½ cup heavy cream
2 asian pears – grated

miso honey butter:

6 tbsp butter – softened
1 tbsp white miso
1 tbsp honey

to make scones:

  1. Whisk together flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Add in grated frozen butter and work into the flour with your hands until it resembles wet sand, takes about 1-2 minutes. Mix together eggs, vanilla, heavy and heavy cream in a separate bowl. Add wet ingredients into dry and mix everything a few times until combined. Add in grated pears and gently mix again until evenly distributed.

  2. Scrape the dough onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and pat into a 1” thick disc. Place in the freezer to chill and rest the dough for 30-45 minutes.

  3. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Remove the dough from the freezer and cut into 8 equal wedges. Pull the wedges apart so that there is at least 1” separating each wedge. Bake for 25-28 minutes until golden brown.

  4. Allow the scones to cool on a wire rack and then enjoy!

to make miso honey butter:

  1. Add softened butter, miso, and honey in a food processor and blend for 30 seconds until smooth. Alternatively, you can whip everything together by hand with a whisk.

White Chocolate and Spiced Pistachio Butter Cups

White Chocolate and Spiced Pistachio Butter Cups
White Chocolate and Spiced Pistachio Butter Cups
White Chocolate and Spiced Pistachio Butter Cups
White Chocolate and Spiced Pistachio Butter Cups
White Chocolate and Spiced Pistachio Butter Cups

There is something about this time of year that makes me feel like the laziest potato. Maybe because it’s still dark and foggy when I wake up, or the days are getting shorter and shorter, or maybe it is the fact that we have a new comfy couch that feels like it’s constantly hugging you. Whatever it is, my desire to sit around all day being a blanket burrito watching 90 Day Fiancé for hours on end is at an all time high. Have you watched that show by the way? Or 90 Day Fiancé Before the 90 Days?! It is the trashiest of trashy TV but we’re currently obsessed but also thankful that we met in a totally normal and boring way.

If you couldn’t already guess after my declaration of laziness, we do not have any Halloween plans. If anything, I’ll dress up as a nigiri again for work so I don’t get judged for not dressing up. Halloween has always sort of been my least favorite holiday. Is Halloween a holiday? If it’s your favorite day of the year then I’m happy for you! I hope you win the costume contest! For me, Halloween feels like a milestone in the year that we just need to get past so that we can get to the good stuff. THANKSGIVING! CHRISTMAS! Maybe Hanukkah this year! But those are the holidays that really make my heart skip a beat.

What I do like about Halloween, other than cute baby costumes, is the candy! Throughout the majority of year I rarely ever indulge in true candy. Yes, I have plenty of cake and baked goods. But there’s almost never a Snickers or bag of Skittles in our apartment. But during Halloween, I can’t help myself when there is a giant plastic cauldron overflowing with sugar sitting in the kitchen at work. I go straight for the Crunch Bars and Cookies N’ Creme Bars. They’ve always been my favorite since I was little, especially the Cookies N’ Creme! If my entire halloween haul was made up of white chocolate goodies I would have been the happiest culturally inaccurate Pocahontas in all of Cleveland! It’s no secret that I’m a white chocolate fan. I’ve gone through my entire life with people telling me that it’s not real chocolate. I hear ya. But it’s just so good and creamy. I’ll be Team White Chocolate for as long as people continue to talk trash about it… which will be forever I’m sure.

These white chocolate and spiced pistachio butter cups would have sent me over the moon if one of the fancy houses in the neighborhood were handing them out. I guess you’re not supposed to eat unwrapped candy… BUT the point is that these candies are such a good treat! And sort of bougie (looking), despite the fact that they don’t take much effort to whip together. That’s the magic of crumbled pistachios. You can use store bought pistachio butter or any other nut butter you like instead of making your own. The additional spices makes it feel V autumnal and cozy. They also freeze super well and can be kept on hand for whenever you feel like transforming into a blanket burrito watching trashy tv snacking on a sweet treat. Hmmmmm how can I make that into a Halloween costume?


White Chocolate and Spiced Pistachio Butter Cups

makes about 12 candies

materials:

1 cup roasted unsalted pistachios *
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pumpkin spice (1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, and a heavy dash of cloves)
16 oz white chocolate chips
3 tbsp coconut oil

* if you can only find salted pistachio, just don’t add the extra salt and add a teensy bit more honey. Adjust according to taste.

steps:

  1. Place pistachios in a food processor. Pulse for 30 seconds until you have fine crumble. Take out 2 tbsp of pistachios and set aside for your topping. Add in salt and pumpkin spice. Continue to blend for 5-7 minutes. Slowly add in honey and olive oil while blending until smooth. Set pistachio butter aside.

  2. Melt white chocolate and coconut oil over a double boiler or in the microwave. If melting in the microwave, microwave in 20 second increments and mix in between until melty. This will prevent the chocolate from burning. Allow chocolate to slightly cool for a few minutes.

  3. Line a muffin pan with ridged liners. Add in a tablespoon of white chocolate into the liners. Then plop in about 1 tsp of pistachio butter and then fill with more white chocolate until completely covered. Sprinkle a bit of crushed pistachios on top. Place in the freezer until set and enjoy!

White Cheddar Sriracha Mac and Cheese

White Cheddar Sriracha Mac and Cheese
White Cheddar Sriracha Mac and Cheese
White Cheddar Sriracha Mac and Cheese
White Cheddar Sriracha Mac and Cheese
White Cheddar Sriracha Mac and Cheese
White Cheddar Sriracha Mac and Cheese

How’s Fall going for you?! I’ve been consistently wearing a cozy sweater each day because it’s actually chilly, foggy, and refreshingly brisk… just like how Fall should. Way to be seasonally appropriate, San Francisco. We’ve roasted 2 squashes in the last week and I just watched Hocus Pocus for the first time in like 15 years. So, I think I’m doing Fall pretty right!

One of my favorite Fall foods to make is Mac and Cheese! Correction, I like to eat mac and cheese all year round but there is something about this time of year that inspires me to whip up a big cozy pot of cheese and carbs. I’m historically a mac and cheese purist. Please hold on all the vegetables (especially broccoli!) , pesto (isn’t that just like a pasta dish at that point?), and buffalo chicken. I might tolerate some truffle oil. At the end of the day, I just want el dente pasta, 1-2 decent cheeses, some crunchy breadcrumbs (not always necessary though), and the perfectly creamy not to goopy cheese sauce. I’m not a “load it up” type of person. But that’s just my personal preference. You may disagree and that it totally okay!

I’m just slightly breaking my keep it simple rule with this White Cheddar Sriracha Mac and Cheese because today is my favorite little brother’s birthday! Happy Birthday, Wai! His real name is Tyler, but we refer to each other in our Chinese names : ) He’s turning 24 and is probably busy studying away about the brain or some highly technical medical procedure because he’s the smarty pants in our family and is doing the whole medical school thing. I’m such a proud sister! Anyways, why am I making him a mac and cheese for his birthday? Well, last year he asked me if I had a mac and cheese recipe on my blog so that he could make it to bring to a Friendsgiving. I DIDN’T HAVE ONE AND I WAS HORRIFIED. This was the first time my brother even asked me about a recipe and up until then I wasn’t even sure if he trusted me as a food authority. Also, why the heck don’t I have a recipe for one of my favorite foods?! I was super disappointed and ended up pointing him in the direction of a pretty good standard mac and cheese recipe. So It’s taken me almost a year to finally share a mac and cheese recipe. I’ve gotten distracted with other noodles and dumplings along the way.

This mac and cheese is simple in its foundation, but the little details of it are inspired by my brother. The fact that this is a stove top macaroni makes life a whole lot easier if you’re a hard working medical student constantly on the go! You could make it all in one pot if you wanted to! My brother has always been a spicier person than me, in terms of food and also maybe personality lol. Sriracha adds a nice spicy kick and mellows out the sharpness of cheddar. This mac consists of 2 really good cheeses, both of which I think you should always have in your refrigerator. Sharp Cheddar for snacking and grilled cheeses. Pecorino Romano (or Parmesan works too!) for adding that salty cheesy bite to pastas, salads, or soups. The toppings are optional, you could literally eat this straight out of the pot. I might have done that with a few spoonfuls. To make life feel a little fancier add the bread crumbs and green onions (my brother shares my love and passion for green onions). Drop them from high up in the air and pretend like you’re making a slow-mo segment for Chef’s table. It’s your birthday. Be fancy! Oh, and if you want to really make this into a Tyler Cho Mac and Cheese, add in some cubed chicken breast or fried chicken skin! That was just venturing out a little too far from my Mac and cheese comfort zone!

Happy Birthday, Brother!


White Cheddar Sriracha Mac and Cheese

serves 4-6

materials:

16 oz pasta shells
6 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 cup AP flour
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 cups milk
4 cups sharp white cheddar
1/3 cup pecorino romano
3 tbsp Sriracha - or more if you like it really spicy
1/4 panko bread brumbs
1 tbsp olive oil
green onions for garnish

steps:

  1. Cook your pasta according to the package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water, and set aside.

  2. In a large pot or saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Once melted, whisk in flour, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Mixture will resemble a thick paste. Carefully pour in milk while continually whisking. Whisk constantly for 5-7 minutes until thick and smooth. Reduce heat to low and mix in cheese and Sriracha until melted.

  3. Add pasta into the cheese sauce and toss until evenly coated.

  4. Heat olive oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add in bread crumbs. Stir the panko. Toast for a few minutes until golden brown. Stir every 20 seconds so the panko doesn’t burn. Remove from heat and top the mac and cheese with bread crumbs and green onions.

  5. Enjoy!

Notes: If you prefer a baked option, instead of stovetop, cook your pasta for 2 minutes less. Combine pasta with cheese sauce and place in a baking dish. Combine bread crumbs with olive oil and top your mac and cheese. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 until bubbly and golden brown.