Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pumpkin Cheesecake Chocolate Cups

I’ve made Nutella filled chocolate cups, which is like peanut butter cups but filled with Nutella. I’ve also made Biscoff chocolate cups. And of course the original peanut butter cups. And for this Fall baking season, I decided to try pumpkin chocolate cups.

Pumpkin puree alone seemed too watery though. So to make a thicker texture, I mixed it with cream cheese, creating something like a no bake pumpkin cheesecake filling. These were easy to make and tasty. I love how they fit with the pumpkin baking theme.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Liang’s Kitchen revist + Snow Ice

My tepid love affair with Liang’s Kitchen in San Diego had pretty much ended, but then I read a post from Jinxi that Liang’s was now offering Taiwanese snow ice. In fact they offer quite a few flavors and the pictures on the menu looked promising. So we decided to revisit for a meal and for the ice.

We noticed some new menu items, like the Boss Noodles.

It’s a dry noodle served with a spicy sesame sauce. It tasted mildly like dan dan noodles, but spicier. This was actually pretty good and the noodles had a good chew.

Beef Noodle Soup

For a short time, the broth on this beef noodle soup actually improved a little, but my last few trips have been disappointing. This time the beef flavor was way too light, and the noodles were too soft and had lost their chew.

Beef Rolls

Their beef rolls are still pretty reliable and tasty, and I still think they make the best version of beef rolls in San Diego. But I think I’ve just had too many beef rolls, so even this couldn’t really get me excited about this place.

Now onto the main reason we were here: the snow ice.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pumpkin Nutella Swirl Cookies

One of the things I like to do during pumpkin baking season is revisit old favorite recipes and play around with them in hopes of improving on them.

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are one of my favorite pumpkin recipes. I was thinking of ways to improve on it, when this idea came to me.

Swirling in the Nutella made these soft and fluffy cookies even better. These cookies are like little bites of pumpkin cake. So good. The Nutella flavor is light but make these taste even better.