Crème Brûlée

You mean you can actually make that stuff at home? Isn’t Crème Brûlée supposed to be that expensive dessert at all of the fancy restaurants, not something that a teenager whipped up at home? Think again. I, a teenager, whipped this up at home. It was relatively easy to make, cheap to make, and to die for. What else could someone want?

Crème Brûlée

Ingredients:

8 egg yolks

2 cups heavy cream

7/12 cup granulated sugar (so basically 1/4 and 1/3)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Makes 6

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 300ºF.

2. Whisk 1/3 cup of sugar and egg yolks together until combined.

Step 2

3. Add the cream and vanilla.

4. Strain into a large bowl to get rid of all of the bubbles. Remove the remaining bubbles from the top with a spoon.

Step 4

5. Pour mixture into 6 custard cups. Set custard cups in a baking pan filled with enough hot water to cover the cups halfway. Bake the custard cups in the baking pan for 50-55 minutes. (Just enough so the sides are firm and the inside jiggles when you move the cups.)

Step 5

6. Cool for at least an hour.

This one has a heart in it! ♥

7.  When they are done cooling sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup sugar on the tops.

8. Either use a small hand torch or broil in a toaster oven until the sugar has caramelized.

9. Cool completely and serve.

That’s it! So much simpler than you had expected, right?

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Red, White, and Blueberry Shortcake

Red, White, and Blueberry Shortcake

This is so yummy. It can be eaten any time of the year (regardless of the colors) and any time of day. I had it for breakfast!

Makes 5

You will need:

5 slices of Heavenly Angel Food Cake

1 cup of strawberries, halved

1 cup of blueberries

2 teaspoons sugar

whipped cream

Directions:

1. Mash the strawberries and 1 teaspoon of sugar together.

Step 1

2. Mash 1/2 cup of blueberries together with the remaining sugar. Don’t worry, it’s supposed to look disgusting. This part gets covered with whipped cream later.

Step 2

3. Spread the mashed blueberries over a slice of cake.

4. Cover the mashed blueberries with whipped cream.

5. Scoop 1/5 of the mashed strawberries and 1/5 of the whole blueberries over the whipped cream.

Ta-da!

Let me know what you think below!

Heavenly Angel Food Cake

The angel food cake on the right looks pretty good, right? It was purchased at Wal-Mart and trust me, this cake is the exact opposite of heavenly. Read the ingredient list that follows and determine for yourself if this cake should be sold in stores.

EGG WHITES, SUGAR, ENRICHED FLOUR BLEACHED (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF EACH OF THE FOLLOWING: CANOLA OIL AND/OR SOYBEAN OIL, SALT, CORN STARCH, CALCIUM SULFATE, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SOY LECITHIN, BAKING SODA, FUMARIC ACID, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM PROPIONATE PRESERVATIVE, SODIUM ALUMINUM SULFATE, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED COTTONSEED OIL AND/OR PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED CANOLA OIL, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE, CARAMEL COLOR WITH SULFITES, ETHYL ALCOHOL, TBHQ PRESERVATIVE, CITRIC ACID, PRESERVATIVE.

Stop. Go back and actually read it. Don’t just skim over it this time.

People have boycotted shampoos and toothpastes for ingredients like sodium lauryl sufate because it causes cancer in some people. Can you imagine what would happen if we actually ate it? Think of how many people do. Instead of finding a cure for cancer, why don’t they just remove harmful ingredients from products sold in stores?

Nevermind. Now here’s the recipe.

YOU WILL NEED:

About 1 dozen eggs or 1 1/2 cups egg whites

1 1/4 cups confectioner’s sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS:

1. Separate the eggs until you have 1 1/2 cups of egg whites. Measure out the eggs as you crack them so you don’t waste any. Save the egg yolks for something I’ll be posting in a few days :). Let the eggs stand at room temperature for half an hour.

I had so many eggs from my hens, I had to use some up. Guess what I decided to make with them?

cracking an egg

Step 1

2.  While waiting, sift together confectioner’s sugar and flour three times and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Step 2

3. Add the cream of tartar and extracts to the eggs and beat on high speed.

Step 3

4.  Gradually add the sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form.

Step 4

5. Fold the flour mixture into the eggs, about 1/4 cup at a time. Fold just until the flour is no longer visible.

Step 5

6. Bake the cake for 40-45 minutes or until the cake springs back when you touch it.

7. Invert pan and cool completely before removing from pan.

After I tried the first bite of this cake, I knew I would never be able to eat a store-bought angel food cake again.