Crispy Shell Pai Shu Cream Puffs

Time for another 30-minute Japanese cuisine recipe!  Today’s recipe is called Crispy Shell Pai Shu Cream Puffs.


This is what Lifehack has to say about this one:

In Japan, cream puffs are called “shu cream” and each, delicious crispy pastry puff is filed with custard cream. It’s a very popular children’s treat in Japan, and now you can enjoy it anytime you want!

I dont know about you guys, but I’m ready to try this one!

What You’ll Need

Cream Puff Pastry (Choux)

  • 4 oz butter (regular, salted)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour, sifted
  • 5 eggs
  • pinch salt

Custard Creme

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 cups milk (100% milk, around 3.6% fat)
  • 1 oz butter
  • 1 vanilla bean OR Vanilla extract
  • +/- a cup of whipped fresh cream

Pai-Shuu Crust

  • 1 oz butter
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1/3 cup flour
    • STEP 1:  Make Custard Cream several hours before or the day before
    • STEP 2:  Prepare Pai-Shuu Crust Dough if desired
    • STEP 3:  When everything’s ready, make the Cream Puff Pastry

 

Instructions

Custard Cream

  1. Using a whisk, Combine flour and sugar.
  2. Add:  4 egg yolks and about 40mL of the milk, whisk until combined.  Add remaining milk and scrape in vanilla pod.
  3. Stir over medium heat, till it thickens (Often scraping the bottom). When it’s thick and bubbles start to blob up, remove from heat.
  4. Stir in 1 oz real butter.
  5. Allow to cool with plastic wrap on surface to prevent a “skin”. Refrigerate until cold.+/- 6. If you like, fold a cup of whipped fresh cream into the cold custard cream.

Pai-Shuu Crust

  1.  Melt Butter in a small saucepan.
  2.  Stir in Sugar, then flour.

Cream Puff Pastry

  1. Place butter, salt and water in a large saucepan over high heat.  When butter is melted and it starts to boil, remove from heat and…
  2. Immediately tip in flour all at once, and beat into a firm dough with wooden spoon.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating well with a wooden spoon before adding the next egg.

  1. Spoon into a Piping bag and Pipe directly downward onto paper-lined tray.  If you like, use chopsticks or fingers to pull pastry upwards on the sides, to make them taller and rough-surfaced.
  2.  Place discs of Pai-Shuu Crust Dough on top.
  3.  Immediately bake in a very hot oven 410-430 degrees F, 25-30min until well puffed and browned then down to 210 degrees F for 40 min or more to dry.
  4.  Allow to cool (the puffs will firm up and become strong) before peeling the baking paper from the bottom of the puffs.

Recipe Courtesy of Shinobu of LittleJapanMama.com.

 

Sunday Reads – Carinian’s Seeker

Vampire Council of Ethics #1

Released February 20, 2007
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1556928She’s his target.and his mate. Aw, hell! Book One in the Vampire Council of Ethics series. Beautiful genius, Carinian Derrickson, wants to live long enough to date a man from the future generations of spacemen, complete with ray guns and starships. She’s not crazy, she’s just afraid of dying young of some dreaded disease, like all the rest of her family. Her research into gene therapy has shown her the way to extend her life is by emulating traits only before seen in fiction. Vampire fiction. Only the beings that shouldn’t exist are very real indeed. Unknown to her, there’s a bad boy vampire in the lab next door with a goal quite the opposite of hers. If he has his way, he’ll bring the Vampire Council of Ethics (V.C.O.E.) to its knees. Jon Bixler is a Seeker for the Council-an assassin and undercover operative in a world of humans. Bix must get close enough to this rogue to find out exactly how he plans to dismantle the Council. And Carinian is just the ticket. But when he meets her, all his vampire common sense flies out the window as his libido leaps off the charts. What’s he going to do now that the woman is in danger and secretly trying to do the impossible? Bix and Carin can’t deny the combustion of love and lust between them. They accept their mating. But can they stay alive long enough to enjoy it? Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, and violence.

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Sunday Reads – Jaguar’s Rule

Released December 29, 2011
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TJ_JagAfter an irresistible night of passion with Reya, Aaron James longs to hold her close forever. Little does he know that the tall, sleek beauty has a carnal secret — and he’s the one who needs protection.

Reya Daines has dedicated her life to the conservation of jaguars. With the only bed-and-breakfast at the entrance to Cockscomb Jaguar Sanctuary, she can keep an eye on poachers and still indulge her guests in her first love—scuba diving. But something has invaded the preserve and the big cats are restless…and that something wants Reya.

Aaron James can take care of himself, but he finds he’s not quite up to the job after his plane goes down in the jungles of Belize. The woman who rescues him is a loner just like him. When he learns she’s in danger from the same menace she’s saved him from twice, what’s a determined man to do with an equally stubborn woman?

Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, and violence. Novella (approx 135 pgs). Released by previous publisher.

Genre:  Erotic Paranormal Romance

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Japanese Street Crepes

Time for another 30-minute Japanese cuisine recipe! Today’s recipe is a popular treat in Japan. Japanese Street Crepes. There are soooooo many different ways you can make this one.

Down at the bottom of this post, you’ll also find pics that the author of the recipe posted on her blog of some of the crepe shops in Japan. I want to visit all of them!

This is what Lifehack has to say about this one:

In Japan, crepes have been transformed to a type of quick street food that’s available in sweet and savory varieties. Unlike the French crepe, the Japanese crepe uses less butter and the fillings are fresh and/or raw.

Let’s give it a shot!

What You’ll Need

  • 1 cup SR flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ¾ cups milk (room temp, or microwaved 30sec)
  • 1oz melted butter
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • a pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Sift flour, sugar, pinch salt into a bowl (preferrably a jug-bowl)
  2. Beat in eggs and half the milk. Beat until all lumps are gone.
  3. Add the rest of the milk, add butter and beat again.
  4. Stand at room temperature 15-30min (depending on your patience)
  5. Pour a little into a pre-heated, non-stick frypan and immediately tip the frypan to let the batter spread all over the frypan (can use a regular frypan, greased with a tiny bit of butter) (another option is to spread the batter with a crepe tool or teppanyaki/okonomiyaki spatula) Cook over med-high heat until underside is golden-brown. (about 2 min)
  6. Lift the edges of the crepe and flip the crepe (I find this easiest to do with my fingers, as the crepe is so thin) Cook just 30 sec or so on the second side.
  7. Fill the Crepes however you like.

Makes 10-12 crepes in a 30cm frypan (this is much smaller than the crepes in the crepe shops in japan).

Tips for making Cone-shaped Japanese Street Crepes:

  1. Place fillings on just one quarter of the crepe. Do not go past the centre-point or it will be difficult to fold.
  2. If adding ice-cream, use just a tiny scoop (unless you have a very large frypan or crepe maker like the shops use) Other things you could put inside are: creme caramel, brownie, cheesecake.
  3. Fold the crepe in half, with the centre of the filling on the fold line.
  4. Next, roll the crepe, starting from the filled part, pivoting on the centre point until you have created a cone.

To make Chocolate Crepes, just add 3 Tbsp sifted pure cocoa to this recipe.

Recipe Courtesy of Shinobu of LittleJapanMama.com.

From Shinobu’s Blog Post:

These photos I took when I went shopping in Harajuku last week.

I had a: Strawberries Chocolate Sauce and cream. 380 yen

The Menu of one of the Crepe shops in Harajuku:

This one’s been here since 1976 so I’m guessing it’s the original Harajuku Street Crepes Shop:

Here’s its menu:

Another Crepe Shop in Harajuku:

Sunday Reads – Caramel Kisses

Released March 18, 2015
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Caramel KissesWorkaholic Sydni Cannes should have known better than to step away from work. Going out for a single evening of fun for this Executive Vice President has ended up as a night spent in damn jail! Drew is aware that the sexy, sultry and brilliant Sydni couldn’t care less about getting involved with him. But along comes the perfect opportunity to prove that she needs him just as much as he needs her. All he has to do is get her out of jail…and keep himself free in the bargain. Their desire scorches them. The connection, true and immediate. But what will they do about the bad guy determined to set them both up? Solve the mystery, of course…and a little well-executed, hot-as-hell sex wouldn’t hurt either.

Genre:  Erotic Romance

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Sunday Reads – Hide No More

Released March 10, 2015
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Hide No MoreScharsi has spent years hiding from the Amalgamation. They are the definition of evil in her world. Now she must hunt one of their agents who killed the only man who ever loved her. Hand cannons primed, no one will stand in her way. Tanil, an Amalgamation officer left for dead by his own crew, must avoid capture. On the run, wounded and weak, he comes upon the one woman in the ‘verse he should be running from. But Scharsi isn’t what the government claims she is–a born and bred killer. Deadly? Absolutely…but addictive, hot. She makes his skin sizzle and sends his blood racing with a look. Her touch? Devastating. Scharsi clearly doesn’t want distractions while on a hunt, but Tanil won’t hesitate to prove that a bit of delicious distraction is exactly what she needs.

Genre:  Erotic Paranormal Romance

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Yakisoba Japanese Fried Noodles

Time for another 30-minute Japanese cuisine recipe!  Today’s recipe is Yakisoba Japanese Fried Noodles.

This is what Lifehack has to say about this one:

Yakisoba is Japanese style fried noodles that are very easy to make. You can add almost any ingredient to suite your taste. Popular yakisoba varieties include vegetarian, seafood, or pork.

Let’s give it a shot!

Prep Time: 10 Minutes  |  Cook Time:  20 Minutes  |  Total Time: 30 Minutes

What You’ll Need

  • ½ onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 4 cabbage leaves
  • 1 cup HORMEL Flame Seared Ham (or your choice of meat and/or seafood), chopped
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 pkg Yakisoba Noodles
  • Seasonings included in the yakisoba package
  • Toppings (optional)
  • Shredded Nori (dried seaweed)
  • Kewpie Mayonnaise

Instructions

  1. Cut vegetables and meat.

  2. Heat oil in large pan on medium high heat and cook the protein (meat/seafood)

  3. Add onion, carrots, cabbage and cook until they’re soft. While cooking the vegetables, remove yakisoba noodles from the package and run under hot water to separate the noodles.

  4. Lower the heat to medium and add the black pepper, noodles, and yakisoba sauce. Mix all the ingredients together, making sure not to burn the ingredients in the pan.

  5. Serve on a plate and top noodles with shredded nori and Kewpie Mayonnaise. Serve hot!

Recipe Courtesy of Carmen of GirlPlusFood.com.

Sunday Reads – Silk Road

Seals of Destiny #1

Released November 30, 2013
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silk roadThe Silk Road. In ancient times it was a well-established trade route that began in China. But to Larien, it is the veiled entrance to the underworld where no human belongs.

Jayla Protegenu is as typical as they come. She owns a chain of gyms in the San Francisco Bay Area, enjoys popcorn-and-movie night with her two best friends and writes for her local paper. But that’s where ‘typical’ ends. As a child she learned to summon her guardian angels to keep at bay the things that prowled the night. An ability she’s kept secret all her life…until a Fallen angel answers her call.

Larien is not seeking redemption. He’s looking for the artifact that only Jayla can call power from. The woman has no idea of the extent of her abilities and he’s not about to teach her. However he is man enough to admit that this human has touched him, soul deep. And now that she is his to protect, his to love, when she’s taken Larien will search to the ends of the Earth to find her, from San Francisco all the way to…the Silk Road.

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Slip into the dark side of your fantasy..