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Flan with dulce de leche

Flan with dulce de leche
Flan with dulce de leche

During a trip to Uruguay and Argentina, we went to a cafe in central Monte Video and had the opportunity to try out flan (a.k.a., creme caramel) with dulce de leche. It was amazing!

Flan is a type of custard made with milk. (It tasted surprisingly similar to Japanese “purin” pudding! After a little research, it turns out they are the same thing!). Dulce de leche, on the other hand, is like caramel; it is made from sweetened milk that has been boiled for a long time, allowing the sugars in it to caramelize.

Ready-to-eat dulce de leche was sold in jars and plastic tubs at the grocery store. They even came in little individually sized packages with our breakfasts. I bought a tub of the stuff and some instant flan, and look forward to making it in Japan!

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Baking Recipes Sweets

Gingerbread drop cookies

I love the smell of these cookies; the spices (namely cinnamon, cloves, and of course ginger) and molasses in them make the house smell like Christmas, though they are good any time of the year. The ingredients needed for these cookies are fairly cheap and easy to keep on hand, so they make a good back up for when you want to bake a treat, but don’t want to have to go out to the grocery store to get anything. They also go very well with milk.

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup butter
2 tbps. molasses
1 egg
2 tbps. water or milk
2 cup flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves

-Beat sugar, margarine and molasses in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
-Add egg and water (or milk) and mix well.
-Stir in flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
-Mix until dough is smooth and uniform.
– Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour in the fridge.

– use hands to roll dough into balls about 1.5 inches in diameter.
– (optional: roll the dough in granulated sugar to frost the cookies)

-place balls on a cooking sheet a few inches away from each other. Press the cookies down a little if you like flatter cookies, but the cookies will flatten slightly upon cooking, and the tops will crack.
-bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Bake for less time for softer chewey cookies, or longer for crunchier cookies.

-Enjoy warm or cooled.

Baking Breakfast Sweets

Apple scone cake

This past weekend, looking for ways to use up the apples that had been collecting in my apartment, and to perpetuate my current scone craze, I decided to try out this recipe from joyofbaking.com, and made apple scone cake.

They weren’t joking when they said this cake resembled a pie more than anything. Since it has a “scone” crust, it was quick and easy to prepare, and left a wonderfully warm apple and cinnamon aroma in my cold apartment.

I served it warm with vanilla ice cream, as suggested. The only thought that came to mind white eating it was that it was a dangerous cake because it was too good, which made it hard to exert any form of self control to stop eating it.

I am really glad that I tried out this seemingly odd recipe. 🙂