Month: January 2016

Coconut Cinnamon Tres Leches Cake

A super moist tres leches cake bursting with coconut and a helpful hint of cinnamon. Not for coconut haters!

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This cake is a spin on the traditional tres leches, using coconut milk and adding some cinnamon. The coconut milk and cream add a unique flavor, and my inspiration for using the cinnamon was to make something horchata-esque. 

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I LOVE tres leches cake, and so does pretty much everyone I know. Because it is poked with holes and soaked in a milk mixture, there is no way that this cake can be dry. Dry cakes are my nemesis. This tres leches cake is so moist, tender, and has such a great coconut cinnamon flavor. I only use coconut milk and no artificial coconut flavor.

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Goat Cheese Cheesecake Brownies

Chocolaty brownies with a rich and tangy cheesecake topping made using goat cheese! An interesting twist on a well known favorite. 

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It’s funny, last week I was talking about healthy granola and now I give you this decadent recipe. But it’s SO worth it.


These brownies are basically a brownie bottom cheesecake, or a cheesecake brownie. Not too special (besides the fact that they’re delicious), except this version has the addition of goat cheese.

Goat cheese adds a wonderful depth to the cheesecake layer to these brownies. I promise they don’t taste weird. Even if you don’t like goat cheese, you should give it a try. Both goat cheese and non-goat cheese lovers enjoyed these brownies.


3 Ingredient Peanut Butter + Jam Granola

An easy and customizable granola recipe with flavors from childhood. A great way to start a healthy year after holiday parties!

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I am not much of a cereal person. I am, however, very much an anything-with-oats kind of person.

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Granola is one of the things so simple yet so delicious (and healthy!) I made granola for the first time several months ago, and when I tasted the finished product I thought, Why haven’t I made this sooner?

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Only three ingredients and this granola is ready to go in the oven. 20 minutes in the oven, then let it cool, and there you have it! You’ve made your own granola. What I love most about this recipe is that you can add whatever you like to this simple base.



Beard Papas

Happy new year! Has 2016 been treating you well so far? I unfortunately got sick right on New Year’s Eve, so I mostly stayed on the couch in a blanket watching television, but I was still able to enjoy a wonderful dinner and some Christmas lights. Anyways, I’m here today to talk about cream puffs, a great way to start the new year.


Beard Papa’s is a chain store that is known for their cream puffs. In the U.S. their stores are mainly in California, and they have other locations throughout Asia as well.


The one I visited was in Cupertino. I had been to one in Milpitas before, but they were only a small stand selling only cream puffs. The Cupertino location was a walk in store that had more to choose from than cream puffs, as well as multiple variations of the products, such as cookie crunch puffs (kind of like a Japanese melonpan or a Chinese pineapple bun).