These are the Asian desserts you need to be baking this summer, from microwavable mochi to berry matcha cream bars.

Microwave Mochi
© 2022 Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. Text © 2022 Kathleen Lieu Photography © 2022

Picture this: You’re in a hurry to get to a summer gathering, maybe a backyard barbecue or wine night with the girls, when you realize you’re going to arrive empty-handed. You forgot to make dessert.

There’s a simple and delicious solution to this last-minute emergency, and it only requires seven ingredients you may already have on hand.

It’s colorful—and microwavable—mochi from popular online baker Kat Lieu!

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The recipe is just one of various sweet and savory treats in Lieu’s new cookbook Modern Asian Baking at Home: Essential Sweet and Savory Recipes for Milk Bread, Mochi, Mooncakes, and More, out July 26. From velvety nama chocolates to berry matcha cream bars, it’s chock full of a “straight-from-the-heart collection of recipes” that Lieu encourages readers to “steam, fry, boil, and bake” their way through.

© 2022 Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. Text © 2022 Kathleen Lieu. Photography © 2022

The desserts are a mix of original creations and inspired adaptions from members of the online community that Lieu founded, called Subtle Asian Baking. (You can find it on Facebook or on Instagram @subtleasian.baking.)

“I saw a need for an online community where beginner and experienced home bakers could share, search for, and obsess over Asian baking,” Lieu writes in the book’s introduction. “I knew I had to build this community, one that would bridge cultures and help people collaborate, innovate, learn, and get instant inspiration.”

Launched in 2020, the group saw more than 100,000 members across the globe join its Facebook page in less than a year, according to Lieu. “Members have curated and shared thousands of essential Asian sweet and savory baking recipes, along with countless heartwarming stories,” the baker adds.

So, what are you waiting for? Here are three of our favorite recipes from Modern Asian Baking at Home.

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