Mooncakes and Milk Bread: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by Chinese Bakeries
By Kirstina Cho
I received a free copy of Mooncakes and Milk Bread from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
In Mooncakes & Milk Bread, food blogger Kristina Cho (eatchofood.com) introduces readers to Chinese bakery cooking with fresh, uncomplicated interpretations of classic recipes for the modern baker.
Inside you’ll find sweet and savory baked buns, steamed buns, Chinese breads, unique cookies, whimsical cakes, juicy dumplings, Chinese breakfast dishes, and drinks. Recipes for steamed BBQ pork buns, pineapple buns with a thick slice of butter, silky smooth milk tea, and chocolate Swiss rolls all make an appearance–because a book about Chinese bakeries wouldn’t be complete without them!
Kristina teaches you to whip up these delicacies like a pro, including how to
Knead dough without a stand mixer
Avoid collapsed steamed buns
Infuse creams and custards with aromatic tea flavors
Mix the most workable dumpling dough
Pleat dumplings like an Asian grandma
This is the first book to exclusively focus on Chinese bakeries and cafes, but it isn’t just for those nostalgic for Chinese bakeshop foods–it’s for all home bakers who want exciting new recipes to add to their repertoires.
Summary from Goodreads.
Baking is a great way to spend your down time. Trying other cuisines baking is a great way to challenge yourself, and be rewarded with some delicacy that you may have never tried otherwise.
The baking has been split into seven different sections; Bread, Bao and Bing, Not-Too-Sweet Buns, Pork Buns and Beyond, Gao (Cakes & Tarts), No Fortune Cookies, Chinese Breakfast, and Sips. Before we get to the recipes though, have a section on how to shop at an asian grocery store, essential equipment and ingredients for a better bake.
There are plenty of recipes to try out, personally I cannot wait to Milk Bread, homemade Steamed Bun Dough, Miso Corn Buns (combining two of my favourite ingredients in bread sounds like an amazing idea), and Dan Tat.
A good book on Chinese baking that I would recommend to most people.
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