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white chocolate sweet + salty snack mix, momofuku’d.

sweet + salty snack mix, momofuku'd.

Remember the song “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music? You know the one; “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…” and all that? Well, it’s probably one of my favorite songs from one of my most-loved movies, and it invades my brain around this time of year. Because of this, I wrote you a very small song to the tune of My Favorite Things about this recipe. Sing it with me:

“popcorn and peanuts and cornflakes and pretzels
the cornflakes aren’t normal they’re toasted and messed with
vanilla confetti cake crumb’s in there too
this is the snack mix that I made for you

I took all the things and put them in a bowl
then melted white chocolate and poured it in slow
I swirled it and whirled it like momofuku
this is the snack mix that I made for youuuuuuu…” Continue reading →

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cranberry + orange milk crumb cookies (a spin on the momofuku blueberries + cream cookies.)

cranberry + orange milk crumb cookies.

Because I can’t just leave well enough alone.

For whatever reason (and I’m still trying to figure this out), there’s been a reigniting of my love of Momofuku things. Perhaps it’s because I originally received the cookbook as a Christmas present two years back, and it’s that time of year again. It could also be that because of the Just One Question project, I’ve been thinking about how this blog started, and the Momofuku recipes I made for it really took off and helped shape this space into what it is now. I consider the Momofuku tutorials and projects I’ve done here as one of the major milestones in learning who I am as a cook and baker, so playing with these recipes again is probably just a natural progression.

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apple pie layer cake.

apple pie layer cake: a tutorial

You know it, I know it, we all know it: we have discussed these stack-happy little Momofuku cakes before. I love making them, you love telling me how much work it would be to even attempt one of these. Is it work? Yes. But have I said that it’s not as hard as you may believe it is? Also, yes. Do you think I’m lying? Perhaps. So I decided for this cake, I would take you behind the scenes a little and show you exactly what goes in to making one of these things. Shall we? Continue reading →

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monday bites: holiday cake truffles (the momofuku birthday cake in a ball)

That’s right, people. This is your holiday gift from me to you. Much in the way that Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, and Perry Como gifted the world with timeless christmas albums.

Many of you have told me that you love looking at all the Momofuku Milk Bar cakes I’ve made on the blog this past year, but many of you seem to echo the same sentiment. You don’t want to buy cake rings or acetate strips. You don’t want to spend tons of time cutting and stacking cake layers. You sure as heck don’t want to waste freezer space for a half a day while it gets all melded together. And I understand that. Normal people with things to do may not feel the urge to spend hours on a cake. The whole idea of a layer cake is to make it for something special, too. So what if it’s just Tuesday and you want cake? It seems impractical to go to this much effort just for yourself, right? Even if it’s enormously delicious. Even if you really, really want to taste one of these cakes. Continue reading →

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momofuku-inspired cornflake chocolate chip + marshmallow ice cream.

There’s a scene in the movie Garden State (good movie, terrific soundtrack; check it out) where Zach Braff and Natalie Portman are hanging out after Zach meets her in/gives her a ride home from the hospital. Natalie reveals her belief that all awkward moments can be banished by doing something completely unique; some motion, or sound, or anything, really, that no one has ever done before. Then she does something random with her arms, they both laugh, and everyone feels better. Now, I didn’t make this ice cream because I felt awkward, but it did make me feel a little more confident about my ice-cream-creation skills. Because it is unique, and I really hope maybe it hasn’t been done before. This recipe is not a Momofuku Milk Bar original (except for the cornflake crunch and cereal milk, which are recipes adapted from the book), but rather an ode to how much I am inspired by the flavor combinations contained in that precious tome. I worked hard on it, and I hope you love it as much as I do; so now, I give you Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Ice Cream. Continue reading →

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confetti birthday layer cake.

Finally I post this. it’s about time. After all, it’s been almost a month since I made it, and it was enjoyed by a few of us over one long weekend of Memorial Day-barbequeing, birthday-celebrating, and general merriment. My mom and my sister were in town, and those are my two very best friends in the world. Except for Christmas and our annual trip to Florida (which we affectionately call “summer camp”), we’re not typically in the same place at the same time. This was a happy exception, and it called for a happy cake.

A happy, three-layer, sprinkle-laden, crumb-filled-and-topped cake, frosted within an inch of its life. Because that’s how we celebrate around here. This is the Momofuku Birthday Cake. Continue reading →

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the chocolate chronicles, part two: the momofuku chocolate chocolate (chocolate) cookies.

I can’t believe it; I’m almost finished making all the Momofuku Milk Bar cookies from the cookbook. It dawned on me as I was making these to thumb through the index to see how many cookie recipes I had left to go, and with the exception of two (oat cookie and peanut butter cookie, here I come), I’ve made them all. This one in particular I’ve been waiting to try, but I was stumped: the book clearly indicated I needed to use top-shelf chocolate in order to make this cookie, and although I do have access to that where I live, I wondered if I should. You see, I know some of you enough by now to know that you don’t always have time to make an extra trip to the store for specialty chocolate. Often, it’s not at your local market, and it may be something you need to order. I know it flusters me when I see an ingredient list calling for things I can’t just run to the store and get.  Continue reading →

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the momofuku carrot layer cake + pumpkin ganache.

I was so nervous about making this cake. Nervous, and also psyched. Pretty psyched, actually. It’s my first attempt at a Momofuku Milk Bar cake! And if you think the cookies are a big production, they’re nothing compared to the layer cakes. There are special cake rings and acetate strips to purchase, multiple recipes to complete and let cool, fancy layering and freezing…tons of things. But I’ve almost finished baking the Milk Bar cookies from the book, and I’m moving on, so getting this cake under my belt seemed like the perfect thing to do this past Easter. And so, there was cake. Continue reading →

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confetti cookies.

I don’t think I need to tell you that these were  a blast to make. I’m nearing the end of my Momofuku Milk Bar cookie journey (only one more to go and I will have baked them all), and it’s getting easier and easier to whip out one of their incredible cookies. I’ve come full circle; where there used to be nervous measuring and meticulous timing, there is now laid-back whisking and incorporating. No more agonizing over baking time, either; I know what to look for, I know how to check them, I know when they’re done. Momofuku cookies for me are, in a word, relaxing to make now. And I am thrilled about that. Continue reading →

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the corn chronicles, part two: sweet corn cereal milk “ice cream” pie.

Is it too early in the year to think about ice cream? Does it have a season? I don’t know. I lose any ice cream cravings beginning with the first crisp fall day and continuing through the winter holidays, but they return once the weather starts to get a little warmer. This year it started early, and I blame the unseasonably warm temperatures we keep having here in my part of the world. I also blame the ice cream maker Mr. Table just purchased for Valentine’s Day. Now, I know what you’re thinking. An ice cream maker? For *gasp* Valentine’s Day? Why didn’t she beat him over the head with it? Well, people, I’ll tell you why. First, it would hurt; ice cream makers are strangely heavy. But also, because I think there’s nothing quite as nice as a thoughtful gift. I had been musing over getting this for months and suddenly, there it was. Continue reading →

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