Ssuk (Mugwort) Butter Cookies

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Ingredients

  • 14
    tablespoons butter, room temperature
    196 grams
  • 2/3
    cup powdered sugar
    80 grams
  • 1/4
    teaspoon salt
    1.5 grams
  • 1
    large egg white, room temperature
    30 grams
  • 1 3/4
    cup all purpose flour
    210 grams
  • 2
    tablespoons ssuk (mugwort) powder
    6 grams
  • white chocolate
  • sprinkles

Instructions

1
Let’s make ssuk butter cookies!
2
Preheat the oven to 325°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Prepare a pastry bag with a medium sized star tip.
3
In a medium bowl cream 14 tablespoons butter, room temperature (196 grams) with a hand held blender or whisk until smooth and creamy.
4
Add 1/4 teaspoon salt (1.5 grams) salt. Sift 2/3 cup powdered sugar (80 grams) into the bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
5
Add 1 large egg white, room temperature (30 grams) and mix until incorporated.
6
Measure out 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour (210 grams). Switching to a rubber spatula, sift half the flour into the butter mixture and combine. Once almost all the flour has been incorporated, sift in the rest of the flour.
7
Add 2 tablespoons ssuk (mugwort) powder (6 grams) to the dough and mix until combined. Substitute with matcha powder if you can’t find or don’t want to use mugwort powder. Start by adding 1 teaspoon of matcha and add more to taste.
8
Transfer the cookie dough into the prepared pastry bag.
9
Pipe the dough into desired shapes and swirls, leaving about 1.5 inches or 3.75 cm between each cookie.
10
Bake for about 12 minutes or until the bottoms have started to turn golden. Remember to rotate baking sheets halfway through baking. Immediately transfer cookies to a cooling rack.
11
If desired, melt white chocolate and prepare sprinkles to decorate.
12
Once the cookies have cooled, dip in melted white chocolate and sprinkles if using.
13
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 days.
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Let’s make ssuk butter cookies!

Yakbap (Sweetened Rice with Dried Fruits & Nuts)

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Ingredients

  • 2
    cups sweet rice
  • 10
    dried jujubes
  • 6-7
    dried jujubes
  • 2
    teaspoons pine nuts
  • 6-7
    chestnuts
  • 1/2
    cup brown sugar
  • 2
    teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 1/2
    tablespoons honey
  • 1/2
    teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2
    teaspoons soy sauce
  • 3
    tablespoons prepared jujube paste
  • 2
    tablespoons raisins

Instructions

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Wash 2 cups sweet rice and soak in a generous amount of water for at least 5 hours or overnight then drain well. Prepare a steamer basket by lining it with a wet cheesecloth. Let the excess cloth hang over the edge. Place the sweet rice on top of the cheesecloth. Cover the sweet rice with the cheesecloth, place the steamer basket lid on top. Place on top of a pot with at least 4 inches of water inside. Turn the heat on high. Set a timer for 30-35 minutes. When the steam starts to release vigorously through the sides of the lid (about 8-10 minutes after the heat was turned on), reduce heat to medium. If you don't have a steamer basket you can use a rice cooker instead. To make yakbap with a rice cooker, skip this step. Follow the rest of the instructions and add 1 1/2 cups water to the sweet rice along with the seasonings. Cook on "white rice" mode.
2
Make the jujube paste. Steep 10 dried jujubes in hot water for 5 minutes. Drain then remove the seeds using a pairing knife. Use a mini food processor to finely chop the jujubes. Set aside until needed.
3
Remove the seeds of 6-7 dried jujubes and cut into swirls and slivers.
4
Cut the brown tips off 2 teaspoons pine nuts.
5
Cut 6-7 chestnuts into quarters.
6
When the sweet rice has finished steaming for 30-35 minutes, transfer to a large bowl. While the rice is still hot, add 1/2 cup brown sugar. Use a wooden spatula to mix well. Next add 2 teaspoons sesame oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce, 3 tablespoons prepared jujube paste, 1 1/2 tablespoons honey, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon to the sweet rice and mix.
7
Fold in 2 tablespoons raisins, the slivered jujubes, the quartered chestnuts, and the prepared pine nuts. Line the steamer basket with the cheesecloth again. Wrap the edges of the cloth over the top of the mixture. Place the lid on top. Turn heat on high and steam for about 20 minutes or until the sweet rice has cooked through.
8
Line a quarter sheet pan or 8x8 inch square baking tin with plastic wrap.
9
When the rice has finished cooking, remove from heat and place inside the prepared pan. Press the mixture down firmly to make sure everything sticks together. Decorate with the reserved jujube swirls. Cover and let cool for at least 15 minutes.
10
Cut into individual portions. Eat immediately or wrap each portion in plastic wrap or parchment paper. Store in the refrigerator for 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Reheat before eating.
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Let's make yakbap! This rice cake is made with sweet rice (aka sticky rice) and is seasoned with jujubes, brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, and a little cinnamon.

Soboro Bbang (Peanut Streusel Bread)

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Ingredients

Tangzhong

  • 24
    grams bread flour
    3 tablespoons
  • 120
    grams whole milk
    1/2 cup

Dough

  • 2
    grams kosher salt
    1/3 teaspoon
  • 120
    grams whole milk, room temperature
    1/2 cup
  • 1
    large egg, room temperature
  • 339
    grams bread flour
    2 2/3 cups
  • 4
    grams instant yeast
    2 teaspoons
  • 44
    grams sugar
    3 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
  • 49
    grams unsalted butter, room temperature
    3 1/2 tablespoons

Soboro

  • 1
    yolk, room temperature
  • 67
    grams unsalted butter, room temperature
    1/4 cup + 2 teaspoons
  • 3
    grams baking powder
    3/4 teaspoon
  • 1/8
    teaspoon kosher salt
  • 14
    grams honey
    2 teaspoons
  • 26
    grams peanut butter, room temperature
    1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon
  • 140
    grams all purpose flour
    1 1/8 cup
  • 79
    grams sugar
    1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon

Soboro Glue

  • 1
    cup water, room temperature
    at room temperature
  • 1
    teaspoon cornstarch

Instructions

1
Let's make soboro bbang! This peanut streusel topped bread is one of Korea's most popular bakery items.
2
To make the tangzhong or flour paste whisk 120 grams whole milk (1/2 cup) with 24 grams bread flour (3 tablespoons) in a microwave safe bowl until there are no lumps. Microwave at 20 second intervals, whisking inbetween, until the mixture is thick and smooth like a pudding. Tangzhong will help keep the bread soft, fluffy, and fresh for longer.
3
In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the cooked tangzhong and slowly whisk in 120 grams whole milk, room temperature (1/2 cup). The room temperature milk will help cool down the tangzhong. Next, whisk in 1 large egg, room temperature until the mixture is smooth. Then add 339 grams bread flour (2 2/3 cups), 44 grams sugar (3 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons), 2 grams kosher salt (1/3 teaspoon), 4 grams instant yeast (2 teaspoons) Mix with a spatula until the dough roughly comes together. Place the dough hook on the stand mixer and mix on medium low speed for 2 minutes or until the dough starts to look more homogenous.
4
With the mixer running, add 49 grams unsalted butter, room temperature (3 1/2 tablespoons) to the dough little by little. Scrape down the sides of the bowl once in awhile to make sure all the butter is getting incorporated. After the butter has more or less been incorporated into the dough, continue to knead at medium low speed for about 20 minutes or until the dough passes the windowpane test.
5
Once the dough has passed the windowpane test, shape into a ball and place in a greased bowl. Cover and let proof for about 40 minutes in a warm place.
6
Meanwhile, make the soboro or peanut streusel. In a medium bowl, beat 67 grams unsalted butter, room temperature (1/4 cup + 2 teaspoons) and 26 grams peanut butter, room temperature (1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon) until smooth. Add 79 grams sugar (1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon) and beat until incorporated. Add 1 yolk, room temperature and 14 grams honey (2 teaspoons) and mix until combined. Add 140 grams all purpose flour (1 1/8 cup), 3 grams baking powder (3/4 teaspoon), and 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt. Mix until a cohesive but crumbly mixture forms. The soboro should feel like wet sand. Break up any large clumps. Set aside until needed.
7
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. I like to stack two baking sheets on top of each other to prevent too much browning on the bottoms of the soboro while baking.
8
In a small bowl, mix 1 cup water, room temperature (at room temperature) with 1 teaspoon cornstarch. This will be used to help glue the soboro onto the dough. Set aside until needed.
9
The dough is ready to cut and shape when it springs back slowly after being poked. Lightly flour a work surface and divide the dough into 12 equal portions (about 61 grams each).
10
Shape each piece into a round by first pinching and pulling the dough, then cupping and circling the dough with one hand on the palm of the other hand. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes.
11
Scoop 2 heaping tablespoons of the soboro mixture onto the work surface. Get one piece of dough. Dip the smooth side of the dough in the water-cornstarch mixture. Place the wet side of the dough on top of the soboro. Get a little soboro and place on the dry side of the dough and then use your hands to flatten/press the dough into the streusel. Gently loosen the soboro crusted dough into your free hand (soboro side will land in the palm of the free hand). Gently reshape into a circle. Place on the parchment lined baking sheet with the soboro pressed side facing up. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Place 6 pieces on each baking sheet. Cover and let rise for about 40 minutes in a warm place.
12
The soboro bbang is ready to bake when a poke on its side springs back slowly. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Rotate the baking sheets in the middle of baking.
13
When done baking, transfer the breads to a rack immediately. Let cool before eating. Baked soboro bbang can keep at room temperature for 3 days and in the freezer for 3 months. Reheat before serving.
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Let's make soboro bbang! This peanut streusel topped bread is one of Korea's most popular bakery items.