EAT | Creme Brûlée

Hello! Today we are getting fancy! One of my all-time favorite desserts is Creme Brûlée. I always order it for dessert and I love to make it at home. It is easy, delicious, AND you get to play with fire!

Here’s how to make it.

What you need:

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • more sugar for sprinkling
  • BLOWTORCH

First off, preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Combine cream, vanilla, and salt in a saucepan and heat. You want to get this hot, but not boiling.

After it’s hot, set it aside.

In another bowl, combine egg yolks and 1/2 cup of sugar. Beat until fluffy.

This next part is a little bit tricky. You need to add the hot cream, but you don’t want to scramble the egg yolks, so you need to temper it by pouring just a little bit of the hot cream in, whisking it together fast, and slowly pour the rest in, and whisk together. It will be a foamy consistency.

Next, we need to pour it into our ramekins, so place four of them into a baking dish.

Slowly add the mixture to each of the cups. These are 8 oz ramekins.

Lastly, we are going to fill up the baking dish with boiling water. Pour it in only halfway up the ramekins. This prevents the custard from browning around the edges.

Place (CAREFULLY) into the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until it’s set. This particular batch took 38 minutes, but it differs each time. You can tell if they are set by opening the oven and jiggling the pan a little bit.

TA-DA!

So, you need to refrigerate these (I always leave them overnight) so that they are really cold. When you are ready to serve them, take them out of the fridge, sprinkle some sugar on top, and torch ’em. Torching them makes that crunchy caramelized sugar top that is OH SO delicious.

Some people top them with berries, whipped cream, caramel…but I like them just like this.

They are so good. Let me know if you try this recipe and if you like creme brûlée!

Thanks for reading! xx

EAT | Lunch For One – Tortilla Pizza

So, being a stay at home mom with kids in school (they abandoned me), I often find myself eating lunch alone. I’m not going to make a big meal just for me, so I’m always looking for quick ideas. On the rare occasion that I get tired of eating a sandwich (I’m the sandwich queen), I love to make myself a little personal pizza. These little thin and crispy pizzas are under 200 calories, and are SO GOOD. The key is having a good sauce, and I always use Rao’s. It’s the best. Here’s how to make it!

What you need:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Flour tortilla
  • Pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Oregano

In a skillet, heat just a teaspoon of olive oil, and crisp up your tortilla. You want to get it really crispy (almost burnt) on both sides.

After it’s really crispy, spread some pizza sauce on it, and make sure you go all the way to the edges, so the tortilla doesn’t burn. Don’t go really heavy on the sauce, or else it won’t be crispy.

Sprinkle on some mozzarella and then top with some oregano.

Bake on a cookie sheet for about 7-8 minutes on 400 degrees.

Voila! A delicious little crispy pizza!

Sometimes I make two. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

xx

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EAT | Banana Walnut Bread

Hello! Today we are making a delicious treat that my whole family loves to eat for breakfast. This banana bread is special because it has just the right amount of sweetness, and it doesn’t come out dry like a lot of banana bread recipes. I hope you like it!

What you’ll need:

  • 3 mashed bananas (about 1 1/4 cup)
  • 1 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (optional, but recommended!)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Mash bananas and add melted butter. You can just use a large spoon to mix, no electric mixer needed.

Add baking soda and salt and stir.

Add in sugar and mix.

Add egg.

Add flour slowly and combine.

Add walnuts and pour into loaf pan.

Bake for about 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Perfect.

Perfectly sweet and delicious! I love to make this at night after my girls go to bed, refrigerate it, and then surprise them with a treat for the morning! Everyone in my house prefers this bread cold, but it tastes so good either way!

Thanks for reading!

xx

EAT | Ginger Chewies (The BEST Christmas Cookie)

It’s almost Christmas, which means COOKIES! I usually make an assortment of Christmas cookies each year, sugar, Rolo, cherry cookies, pink sugar cookies, snickerdoodles…but my FAVORITE one to make are these chewy gingerbread cookies. They are delish. Here’s how I make them!

What you need:

  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Preheat your oven to 350.

Cream together your softened butter and sugar.

Add your egg and molasses and mix.

In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients.

Mix together, and then add to your wet mixture.

Roll into balls and coat in sugar.

Bake for 10 minutes. Don’t overcook, you want them to be soft and chewy!

Perfect.

Enjoy and a have a Merry Christmas!

xx amy

EAT | Chicken and Dumplings

Hello! Today I am sharing a recipe for the ULTIMATE comfort food. What is it about cold weather and eating? It is really all there is to do! Haha. Anyway, here is my recipe for chicken and dumplings. They are delicious and savory, and will warm you up on a cold day. Maybe we will get there soon, it’s 87 degrees as I type this here in Texas!

What you need:

  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tbsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour

First off, add chicken broth and water to a big stock pot. Add in your seasonings and bring to a boil.

Add in your chicken, and continue boiling.

In a mixing bowl, beat up the eggs.

Slowly add in your flour and combine until soft dough forms.

Roll dough out onto a mat at about 1/4 in. thick. Cut into strips.

Add them into your pot, and continue to boil for about an hour.

As they cook, the dumplings will all start to float to the top.

Enjoy!!!

xx amy