After finishing my second year of high school my family and I took a road trip to Disneyworld. Since my little brother had finally reached the minimum height requirement for the fun rides and was old enough to enjoy the park more. When I got tired of listening to the same ten top 40 songs on the radio I popped in Daft Punk’s Discovery album. After the third song in I fell asleep. When I woke up, my dad who was driving then said “How on earth can you sleep through this music?! It makes my heart race like I’m about to have a heart attack!”
While EDM isn’t everyone’s idea of a lullaby, for me it’s exuberant and uplifting. Or if you’re a Kygo fan, you know it can also be chill and relaxing. And while I’m not a college-educated white dude with Beats headphones, it doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy it. I love the upbeat lyrics and the driving beat that makes you unconsciously tap your foot. It’s exuberant and uplifting. Honestly though, it just helps get me those THOSE days. Days where it I just don’t want to deal with it. Days where I’m as moody as a teenage anime protagonist piloting an ultra powerful mech suit.
Listening to helps me get pumped and motivated to tackle those onerous tasks, like pushing myself out of my comfort zone. So one of the reasons why I moved to Seattle was to press the reset button and change careers. The process has been more difficult and frustrating than I initially expected. Whether it’s from interviewers grilling me to the point where I feel incompetent or the depressing thought that I’m completely unqualified for any of the roles posted online. But I am making progress albeit it’s small and incremental, at least it’s a step forward. That’s what’s important. To always be looking ahead and working towards that ideal future.
So this week I tackled the Honey Toast Box. It’s a Taiwanese dessert that’s fun, whimsical, but splendid like EDM. Where it’s basically a sundae plus all the trimmings piled atop a “healthy” chunk of white toast. It’s like the sweet version of a bread bowl but stuffed with fruit, candy, and biscuits. The main recipe is for Pain de Mie, which is a basic fine crumb bread that serves as the base of this dessert. The remaining the toppings were bought from your typical grocery store or Asian market. It’s a fun and crazy dessert! Go wild like a child building their own yogurt cup!
As a bonus, here’s a small sampling to what I listen to :)
- This recipe was designed for a Pullman loaf pan. The sliding lid gives you a uniform brick look. You can try DIYing it with a small sheet pan with a weight on top.
- For larger 13x4x4” Pullman pans use the full recipe on KAF. As a reminder this was adapted for a smaller 9x4x4” pan.
- I used grams as measurement units as this is was the best way to convert the recipe. Again you can refer back to KAF for volume units (cup, TBSP).
- To hollow out the bread loaf, please refer to the diagram below and the assembly instructions.