Posts tagged ‘vanilla’

April 20, 2011

key lime pie take II

It hasn’t been too long since I made my last Key Lime Pie, but I just made another one today.

I’m kind of a perfectionist when it comes to cooking/baking…and gahh who am I kidding, all aspects of my life. The last Key Lime Pie wasn’t perfect in my eyes. The filling was too sour. And also, the recipe I came up with ended up making too much filling – too much that it all didn’t fit in the pie pan. NO. no. NO.

So even though there really is NO reason whatsoever to make two Key Lime Pies in less than a week, I did for the sake of finding my favorite Key Lime Pie recipe.

I mean, who KNOWS when I may need to make a Key Lime Pie. I’d rather be prepared and make a recipe in confidence knowing that it will be delicious, than crossing my fingers that it will come out okay. OK, I’ve never in my 25 years of living ever had a time when I was “required” to make a Key Lime Pie, but whatever, I like to be prepared!

And I would’ve made a third pie before the week really ended had today’s recipe “failed” again.

But it didn’t.


This recipe requires a lot less lime juice than the last recipe did. Don’t worry, it’s still nice and tart – just not overly so!

And again, I used my garlic presser. Let me tell you, it is a WHOLE lot easier to squeeze out 1/3 cup of lime juice than 1 whole cup of lime juice. Just another plus to this recipe! :)

As you can see, the filling didn’t go all the way to the top of the pie pan – which I wanted!

I didn’t want the filling to go all the way to the top because I had big plans for this bad pie. Big plans including heavy whipping cream…and a little sugar…

There is nothing like homemade whipped cream. I don’t know why I don’t make it more often – it’s SO easy! But I will say that Reddiwhip is pretty delicious too and definitely something to have on hand for quick convenience.

Strawberries + Homemade whipped cream = A bite of heaven

There’s a mathematical equation I never learned in school but have found useful in life.


But the real purpose for this homemade whipped cream was for the Key Lime Pie of course. So in honor of it, I added in a dash of Key Lime zest to the homemade whipped cream.

And topped the beautiful cloudy mix onto the pie.

And then decorated it with thinly sliced Key Limes.

Not OVERLY tart, and not OVERLY sweet either. Just perfect.

Make this for yourself too! Of course, regular limes could be used in place of Key Limes and if you like things on the tart side, you can add a couple more tablespoons of lime juice.

Key Lime Pie
1 Pie


1 9 inch Graham Cracker crust (store bought or make your own)

4 egg yolks

1/3 cup Key Lime juice (+2 T if you like things more tart)

1 can condensed milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

for the Key Lime whipped cream:

1 cup heavy whipping cream

2 T sugar (more if you want it sweeter, less if you want it less sweet)

1 T vanilla bean paste

1-2 tsp Key Lime zest


Preheat the oven to 350F.

Whisk egg yolks in a large bowl. Whisk in Key Lime juice, condensed milk, and vanilla extract until smooth. Set aside and let the mixture thicken for 15-20 minutes.

Pour mixture into the Graham Cracker crust. Stick into the oven for about 15 minutes or until the mixture is set and not super jiggly.

Cool completely in the fridge.

Meanwhile, make the whipped topping by combining the heavy whipping cream, sugar, vanilla bean paste and Key Lime zest in a bowl. With a hand mixer or stand mixer, whip on high until soft peaks form.

When the pie has completely cooled, cover the top with the Key Lime whipped cream and decorate with thinly sliced Key Limes.

Key Limes. They’re a good thing.

April 13, 2011

a birthday win

Yesterday, Jeff took me to a SF Giants vs. LA Dodgers game for my actual birthday. We didn’t want to go out to a nice dinner since we’d done that on Saturday, but we still wanted to do something fun and special.

So we got all decked out in our Giants gear…

And went to the game at AT&T Park.

It was perfect! It was a good game to go to because the Giants and Dodgers are huge rivals, the awesome Timmy Lincecum was pitching, we got 2nd row seats, aaand the Giants won!

I used to hate baseball and thought it was super boring. I went to the games only for the garlic fries – once the fries were gone, I wondered how much longer the game was going to go on for. But now, I actually pay attention to what’s going on and ENJOY it!

The garlic fries are still a major reason to go to the games though.

Gahhh so good. Garlic makes everything better.

I also got a Louisina Hot Link Dog.

I am obsessed with hot links. Yummy. Complete with ketchup, deli mustard, onions, and saurkraut!

The only con was that it was freeeeeeeeeeezing. I wished I had brought my gloves, scarf, and boots. Jeff went to go buy a Giants blanket right before the game started but it was sold out EVERYWHERE!

Before the game, we just meandered around the city.

While we were walking around, I got a HUGE HANKERING for a vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting. I just HAD to have a vanilla cupcake. Maybe it’s because it was my birthday and I thought I should eat cake, or because I had the most awesome and amazing vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting just a few days earlier and I couldn’t get it out of my mind.

That cupcake I had a few days ago was so good I scraped the cupcake liner clean. The cupcake was even a day old!

This vanilla cupcake was a cupcake that my friend picked up from a cupcake truck called Cupkates. I don’t know how their other flavors are, but this vanilla cupcake was so good. I’ve never really had a strong opinion about cupcakes – whether its from Sprinkles, Kara’s, Crumbs, etc – and this is the first time I’ve been enamored with a cupcake.

Anyway, so to fulfill this vanilla cupcake craving, Jeff and I went to the Ferry Building’s Miette bakery.

Unfortunately, the only cupcakes they had were chocolate, carrot cake, and gingerbread. I needed vanilla.

So with a quick yelp search we found ourselves a half mile away at Cupcake Cove.

Their sprinkles were cute…

But unfortunately their cupcakes were no match to Cupkates.

Jeff got the coffee flavor and we both agreed that the cupcakes were a little too dry and the frosting was a little too sweet.

Oh well, that just means I gotta hunt down the Cupkate truck! :)

Where is your favorite place to get cupcakes?

PS: Look at these vulturing seagulls after the baseball game ended! I had to wonder if the clean-up crew somewhat appreciates the birds because they eat up all the food, leaving less to clean up. Ugh, gross though!

March 10, 2011

Green Tea Vanilla Cookies

This recipe came at a total whim to me today. I was going through my drawers trying to organize them, when I came across something that I bought in the middle of 2010 and have neglected greatly:

Beautiful pearls of jasmine tea! And then I remembered how much I absolutely love earl grey tea flavored ice cream so why wouldn’t I love jasmine flavored cookies?? And that thought gave birth to this:

Unlike these cookies, these cookies are fluffy, soft and have an ever so slight flavor of jasmine green tea. The flavor is subtle, and I think next time I’ll steep the tea even longer to give it an even stronger jasmine flavor!

I steeped the jasmine tea in hot milk. I love this tea steeper that my brother bought as a Christmas gift…to my parents. Hehe. Shhhh! I’m just borrowing it…indefinitely.

I love it because when its sitting on the table, you add in your loose leaf tea and hot milk/water…

And once the tea is ready, you place it on a cup…

And all the tea streams out! Hmm sort of reminds me of going to the bathroom…but we won’t go there.

Pretty nifty huh?

Another ingredient I also used was vanilla bean paste. I am allllllllll about the vanilla bean specks. But I’m not all about splitting a vanilla bean in half and scraping out the goods. And this paste gives you all the goods with none of the work!

I actually went to the Williams Sonoma near my house to get the vanilla paste from there like I usually do…3 times! But they kept saying it was being shipped and by the 3rd time and weeks later I gave up and ended up buying it on Amazon (yeah I’m a bit of an Amazon freak) and I’m so glad I did! The one from Amazon gives you 3 in a pack and costs $18.94. Buying the same amount at Williams Sonoma would cost $33+!

Vanilla bean is to me what chocolate chips are to others…


Go make these cookies — you won’t regret it! Between Jeff and I, we’ve already eaten 9. I’m not going to say exactly who ate how many.

Jeff ate 4 though.


Green Tea Vanilla Cookies

Makes: about 30 cookies



-1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose flour)

-1/2 tsp baking soda

-1/2 tsp baking powder

-1/2 tsp salt

-1 stick unsalted butter

-1/2 cup milk

-2 T loose leaf Jasmine tea (or any tea)

-3/4 cup sugar

-1 egg

-2 tsp vanilla paste



1. Start by heating up your milk by microwave or on the stove. Steep loose leaf tea in the hot milk. Set aside until ready to use.

2. Preheat oven to 350F.

3. Sift whole wheat pastry flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl.

4. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg, vanilla paste and steeped jasmine milk and continue to mix.

5. Slowly add in the dry mix into the wet mix and mix just until incorporated.

6. Drop batter into small spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet or silpat.

7. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until done.


Nutrition Information for 1 cookie: 72 calories, 3g fat, 2g saturated fat, 52mg sodium, 10g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 5g sugar, 1g protein


Baking’s fun…dishes sure aren’t though.