Black Sesame Blueberry Muffins

Black Sesame Blueberry Muffins - Eat Cho Food
Black Sesame Blueberry Muffins - Eat Cho Food
Black Sesame Blueberry Muffins - Eat Cho Food
Black Sesame Blueberry Muffins - Eat Cho Food
Black Sesame Blueberry Muffins - Eat Cho Food
Black Sesame Blueberry Muffins - Eat Cho Food
Black Sesame Blueberry Muffins - Eat Cho Food
Black Sesame Blueberry Muffins - Eat Cho Food
Black Sesame Blueberry Muffins - Eat Cho Food
Black Sesame Blueberry Muffins - Eat Cho Food
Black Sesame Blueberry Muffins - Eat Cho Food
Black Sesame Blueberry Muffins - Eat Cho Food

Hello! Long time no read! How have you been?? Happy to report that we had a wonderful time in Italy and somehow have not suffered from too much jet lag. My #1 tip for beating jet lag is to come back home on a Game of Thrones day! The anticipation will motivate you to stay awake and then the mental drain from the show will knock you right out and you’ll be able to sleep a decent 7 hours! We woke up at like 6am and just got up to eat leftover dumplings and watch TV before getting ready for work, it was actually pretty wonderful lol. I have about a billion photos of Italian cats, sheep, and mortadella sandwiches to go through, but once I do I’ll share all the details of our trip!

You know how people say that it takes them a few days into their vacation to fully get off work mode? That has never been a problem for me. It would take me like -3 days to stop caring about work. Revit and coordination emails don’t exist anymore! Well, I definitely didn’t care about work emails while I was away. Don’t worry! But I actually started to get a little antsy about not cooking or developing recipes after a few days. When I couldn’t sleep during the first few nights in Rome, I just laid in bed thinking about all the different dumplings folds I wanted to try or how I would attempt to make a terrazzo cake after seeing all the beautiful terrazzos everywhere! So as much as I loved bopping around Italy with Reuben for 2 weeks, I’m super excited to be back in my kitchen again and make all my favorite foods!

I was sort of surprised by what foods I craved and missed the most while I was away. I miss dumplings (ok, that wasn’t that surprising), eggs (couldn’t find one in a scrambled or hardboiled form!!!!), and cake. All the cafes and bakeries were filled with the most amazing pastries, but after a few mornings of sfogliatella and brioches, I really just wanted a slice of pound cake or a muffin with my cappuccino! I missed the soft and fluffy texture of cake. I got a pistachio plum pound cake on our last day in Rome and it was very disappointing. I was so bummed! There was no plum… and the cake was so dry! Maybe moist cake just isn’t an Italian thing?

Thankfully I made these Black Sesame Blueberry Muffins right before we left for our trip so my cake craving was held back by a few days! What I love about these muffins is their light but satisfying texture and the fact that they are not too sweet and just let the sweetness of blueberries shine! Plus they are so easy and quick to whip together. Perfect for when you have a million things to do but also need a baked good in your life, which is ALWAYS. You know that my love of black sesame runs deep. The ground up black sesames and tahini add a great nuttiness that balances out the sweet and natural tartness of the blueberries. The muffins are topped with sugar, which adds the most addictive sweet crunch. Can we talk about how moist these muffins are?? The greek yogurt and tahini add a healthy amount of richness and pretty much insures that you won’t have any dry sad muffins! I used Bob’s Red Mill Organic and Unbleached All-Purpose Flour and it works so beautifully in this simple recipe. I think that when you’re baking simple sweets that aren’t hiding under pounds of buttercream or icing, having high quality flour is the key to making sure your star ingredients are front and center.

I’ve had probably hundreds of blueberry muffins in my lifetime. They were my muffin of choice at the DAAP (my architecture school) cafe. There have been some great ones and definitely MANY disappointing ones, but these black sesame versions are my new favorite!


Black Sesame Blueberry Muffins

makes 12 - 16 muffins

Materials:

2 ½ cups Bob’s Red Mill Organic All Purpose Flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
4 tbsp finely ground black sesame seeds + more for topping
12 tbsp melted butter
2 eggs
3 tbsp tahini
½ cup greek yogurt
½ cup water
1 tsp vanilla
12 oz blueberries tossed in 1 tsp flour
demerara sugar (or any large grain sugar) - for topping

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line muffin tins with parchment liners.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, and finely ground black sesame seeds.

  3. In another bowl, whisk together melted butter, eggs, tahini, greek yogurt, water, and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

  4. Toss blueberries in 1 tsp flour. Add blueberries into the batter and gently mix until berries are evenly dispersed.

  5. Fill each liner with batter. Since I used tulip baking liners I filled my tins fully. If using regular muffin or cupcake liners fill the tin about 3/4 of the way up. Top each muffin with demerara sugar and black sesame seeds if using. Bake for 28-33 minutes until lightly golden brown and cooked through. Remove from oven and allow muffins to cool in the tin for 5 minutes. After a few minutes remove muffins from the tin and allow to completely cool on a wire rack. Enjoy!

Thanks, Bob’s Red Mill for sponsoring this post!

Black Sesame Waffles

Easy and Simple Black Sesame Waffle // https://eatchofood.com/blog/2019/1/12/black-sesame-waffles
Easy and Simple Black Sesame Waffle // https://eatchofood.com/blog/2019/1/12/black-sesame-waffles
Easy and Simple Black Sesame Waffle // https://eatchofood.com/blog/2019/1/12/black-sesame-waffles
Easy and Simple Black Sesame Waffle // https://eatchofood.com/blog/2019/1/12/black-sesame-waffles
Easy and Simple Black Sesame Waffle // https://eatchofood.com/blog/2019/1/12/black-sesame-waffles
Easy and Simple Black Sesame Waffle // https://eatchofood.com/blog/2019/1/12/black-sesame-waffles
Easy and Simple Black Sesame Waffle // https://eatchofood.com/blog/2019/1/12/black-sesame-waffles
Easy and Simple Black Sesame Waffle // https://eatchofood.com/blog/2019/1/12/black-sesame-waffles

January is a month of fresh starts, juice cleanses, Whole30, Cook90, Marie Kondo purges, and strong gym attendance… for some people. I’m cooking the same tasty and satisfying food I love, which is definitely not compliant by any diet’s standards. I’m refusing to watch the Marie Kondo special, for no particular reason. And I’ve been to the gym a handful times, which I’m actually pretty proud of! I tried to not set too many resolutions for myself this year and just focus on being a happy and productive human bean. That’s a pretty good goal I think!

I do have a few normal and boring general life goals though. This year I think will finally be the year that I become really, LIKE REALLY, organized. I can feel it! Or maybe this is the year I learn to actually make the bed every morning. That would be something. I’m trying, Mom! I’m also trying to make a conscious effort to waste less. That means:

  1. Eating all my vegetables and salad greens before they get gross.

  2. Buying less plastic things. You should have seen how much paper and plastic I purged from our office. OMG. I’m so sorry, Earth!

  3. And using up all the boxes of lasagna noodles we have in the cupboard from when Reuben and I couldn’t decide on the perfect noodles to make the best lasagna.

When you’re a food blogger or even just like a well stocked home cook, you end up with a ton of food products taking up space in your fridge or cupboards. I have SO MANY random bags of various flours and starches. When is the next time I’m going to bake with oat bran???? How many jars of coconut butter is normal? 5? I looked in the fridge a week ago and realized that I had like 4 half full jars of tahini! So I’m trying to work through all the excess things in my kitchen little by little so that I can hopefully reset my kitchen pantry with the necessities. That would be butter, flour, sugar, salt, and oyster sauce.

This recipe for Black Sesame Waffles used up the last bit of black sesame tahini hiding in the far end of my fridge. You know that back corner right by the open box of Arm & Hammer that’s been there since you moved in? That’s where the jar was hiding. I’m honestly surprised that I didn’t use up this jar sooner because I LOVE black sesame everything. Muffins. Cake. Cookies. Sprinkled on 90% of my meals. I’m obsessed. I might even get a black sesame tattoo! JK I won’t ever do that. But a black sesame tattoo would just be like an extra freckle, right?

These waffles are deeply nutty from the black sesame. Almost like peanut butter but 1000000% better. The texture is light but with a nice chew, which I’m all about. You can find black sesame paste or tahini at your local asian or Mediterranean market, Whole Foods might have it, or you can just order it off the internet! You could make it from scratch too! Regular tahini also works if you’re having a hard time finding the black sesame variety. Once you’ve introduced black sesame into your kitchen, these waffles are super easy to whip up in the morning, because I know you don’t want to be separating eggs and whip egg whites to stiff peaks on the verge of a hangry meltdown. You just want to eat! I love topping my waffles with yogurt, but dreamy whipped cream and pomegranates make for a slightly fancy and luxurious breakfast situation. You deserve it. It’s January and you’re already kicking booty!


Black Sesame Waffles

serves 4-6

materials:

2 cups AP flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cup greek yogurt
1/2 cup water
2 eggs
4 tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup black sesame paste/tahini

steps:

  1. Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.

  2. Add greek yogurt and water in a medium bowl. Whisk until combined. Add in eggs, butter, vanilla, and black sesame paste. Whisk again until combined. If your black sesame paste is a little thicker you may need to mix a little longer, but a few small chunks of sesame paste is okay!

  3. Add wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until combined. Avoid over mixing. The batter will be really thick.

  4. Heat up your waffle iron. Fill iron accordingly, so that it does not overflow. I place about 2/3 cup of batter in my waffle iron to make these. Cook until desired doneness (3-4 level for me).

  5. Serve warm with whipped cream, maple syrup, and pomegranates! Or with whatever your heart desires!

Black Sesame Mochi Muffins

Black Sesame Mochi Muffins
Black Sesame Mochi Muffins
Black Sesame Mochi Muffins
Black Sesame Mochi Muffins
Black Sesame Mochi Muffins
Black Sesame Mochi Muffins
Black Sesame Mochi Muffins
Black Sesame Mochi Muffins
Black Sesame Mochi Muffins
Black Sesame Mochi Muffins
Black Sesame Mochi Muffins

Hi, friend!! How's life? Anything new with you?

I have quite a few life updates to share.

I went out drinking last Friday! I embraced my young 20-something self and stayed up way past my bedtime of 10pm. It was crazy. It wasn't a super crazy night, but the fact that I wasn't wrapped up in my blanket and wearing soft pants on the couch on a Friday night was pretttyyy wild. Actually, I wasn't even wearing pants... I had a dress on. You get the point though!

Reuben quit his job! Which is why we went out on Friday night. It was his last day of work, so we went out for a lot of drinks, french fries, and late night pizza + jack in the box burgers (I've only ate at jack in the box 3 times in my life... all 3 times I've been somewhat tipsy) with some of our favorite people in SF. He will begin working at a new architecture firm at the end of the month! So until then, he is a stay at home boyfriend! A man of leisure. I'm surprised that the amount of cute cat Instagram videos sent to me throughout the day hasn't grown exponentially. 

We're going to Mexico City on Thursday! Have you been there before? Sorry, if I didn't ask you for any recommendations. It just feels like everyone and their Mom has been to Mexico City, except for us. So we definitely have a surplus of food and sight seeing recommendations! We probably can keep ourselves busy for a solid 6 months. We planned this trip pretty last minute. A day after Reuben accepted his new job we jumped on booking flights and a cute Airbnb! We're both pretty easy going travelers though and can entertain ourselves just by walking around all day. I just want to eat all the tacos, quesadillas, tortas, tostadas, sopas, paletas, and all the other delicious things we find over there. I'm so excited!

I've somewhat mastered another recipe from my "food I'll miss when I move away from San Francisco" list! I work about 45 seconds away from a coffee shop that sells Third Culture Bakery Hawaiian Mochi Muffins. They are SOOOOO good. I get one about once a week. It's a bad habit, but I can't help myself. I like to think they are just sliiiighty better for you than a croissant though. Maybe. If you've never had a mochi muffin before, they have a slightly crisp and caramelized exterior that contrasts super beautifully with a soft and chewy interior. Gah, the texture of them is just so amazing. Some people don't like the gooey/chewy texture of mochi, but I think those people are crazy. I can't get enough of it! The Hawaiian Mochi Muffin flavor is a browned butter flavor with hints of coconut. In my variation of a mochi muffin, I incorporated one of my favorite flavors to bake with: black sesame! There's a lot of black sesame flavored things on Eat Cho Food... but still not enough! The black tahini adds a really wonderful nutty flavor. It also makes the muffins taste a tad bit savory, but still sweet from the brown sugar. I like to balance on that fine line between sweet and savory. I've experimented with this recipe about 4-5 times, which I think is a new record. Once I cracked it though, it's actually incredibly easy to make! If you whisk fast enough you can have the tastiest mochi muffins within an hour! Just make sure to spray your muffin tins really well with nonstick spray and don't over bake your muffins! A lot of recipe out there tell you to bake them for an hour, but that's insane. Mine were burnt to a crisp after an hour... 30 minutes in the oven you're all good! You'll thank me later for my testing once you're surrounded by 2 dozen insanely delicious and chewy mochi muffins : )


Black Sesame Mochi Muffins

makes 24 muffins

Materials:

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 14oz can of coconut milk
1 12oz can evaporated milk
2 cup brown sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 3/4 cup mochiko flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup black tahini
nonstick cooking spray - very important!
black & white sesame seeds - for garnish

Steps:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray your muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray. Make sure to evenly coat all sides of the muffin tin. This is important because it help the muffins get their characteristic flat tops. 

2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook for about 4 minutes until it turns slightly brown. Turn off the heat and immediately whisk in coconut milk, evaporated milk, and brown sugar until evenly mixed and sugar has dissolved. Whisk in eggs and vanilla until smooth. Set aside.

3. Whisk together mochiko flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Slowly pour in butter mixture and whisk until smooth. Pour in black tahini and whisk until just combined.

4. Fill muffin tins with mochi batter up to just below the rim. Lift the tin about 3" above the counter and drop a few times to help remove any air bubbles. Top muffins with some black and white sesame seeds. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

5. Remove the muffins from the oven and allow them to cool in the tin for 5 minutes. Remove from the tin and allow to cool on a wire rack until ready to eat.

enjoy! 

recipe was adapted from New York Times' Brown-Butter Mochi recipe