As you may know, I’m obsessed with mochi. One of my favorite variations is ice cream mochi. I recently got these ice cream mochi from Trader Joe’s. I’ve bought ice cream mochi from Trader Joe’s before, but on my last trip I noticed a new brand of ice cream mochi.

The ice cream flavors are dairy free and come in mango, coconut and chocolate. What really caught my eye were the details of the mochi molds. Usually ice cream mochi is just a smooth layer of mochi skin on top. But these each had a intricate design on top.

Taste-wise, these were not my favorite. I prefer ice cream mochi that have a chewy outside layer, since mochi should be chewy. The layer on these ice cream mochi were not very chewy. I still think they are really pretty though.

Apples have been really cheap lately so I’ve been looking for apple recipes. I found a really easy apple muffin recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything. Muffin recipes are usually pretty easy to whip together, but this one was even easier than the average muffin recipe.

My muffins didn’t seem to turn out quite the same as The Girl Who Ate Everything. The sprinkled brown sugar doesn’t have the same effect as a streusel topping. Also my muffins didn’t really rise and so they looked almost the same uncooked as they did when they were finished and the batter remained a pale color.

The muffins tasted better than they looked. The batter is sweet and the apples compliment the batter.

Apple Muffins (adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything)

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup oil
1 Tablespoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups diced apples (around 2 apples)
Brown sugar for topping (I did this for this version, but next time I’d make a streusel topping)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cream together sugar, eggs, vanilla and oil. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Add the diced apples.

3. Line muffin pan with paper liners. Fill muffin tins about 3/4 of the way full. Sprinkle with brown sugar.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

As a recap, Baby Bro’s girlfriend (BBG) just went on her annual winter trip to Taiwan. She took a lot of pictures so that I could share them on my blog. Part 1 can be read here.

BBG paid a visit to Mister Donut, something that has been on my must try list ever since reading a post from a Hungry Girl’s guide to Taipei.

They have some flavored donuts that aren’t available here like green tea!

BBG thought the donuts were a little on the chewy side. She also thought the green tea one was really strong in green tea flavor. I definitely want to try the green tea ones. I also want try the adorable bear donuts in the last picture!

BBG also paid a visit to White Wood House, a bakery/chocolate shop.

In addition to the beautiful cakes, they also make the most adorable chocolate figures! I really want the panda one..

That’s all for now! BBG just got back from Taiwan so I’ll be asking her for more photos soon.