So this is a bit different. Usually you see American baked goods on my blog, but today I thought I would do something different. I decided to make my favorite Chinese dessert, egg tarts, for the first time, and let me just say, they came out fabulous! For those of you who don’t know, egg tarts are small individual tarts with a light crumbly crust and a creamy, lightly-sweetened baked egg custard filling. You can buy these delightful treats at most Asian markets and at dim-sum restaurants. But why buy them, when you can easily make them?
Merry belated Christmas! (Can you say that? Or do you just say “I hope you had a merry Christmas”? Hm.) Anyway… after seeing croquembouche on Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship and on Fox’s MasterChef Junior, I decided to take a try at making this Christmas tree-resembling, fancy French dessert. (Did you know that croquembouche literally means “cracks in the mouth” because of the crunchy, delicious caramel?) I love profiteroles, I love eclairs, and I love anything cream puff-like, so I decided croquembouche would be the perfect dessert to present as the last course of our fancy Christmas feast. It was surprisingly easy to make, and extremely delicious! Next year during the holidays, I urge to make this show-stopping, stunning dessert that I like to call, the leaning tower of cream puffs!
Quiche, what a funny word. And what a funny concept: a pie made of cheesy eggs and any other random savory ingredients desired. But those funny things in life are some of the best things in life. I love quiche. I make it all the time. It is so easy and so delicious (I mean, what’s not to love about a savory cheesy custard pie with any meat and veggies of your choice?). I love it hot, room-temperature, or left-over straight from the fridge. And as a bonus, it uses up all those odds and ends stuck in the back of your refrigerator. So what’s keeping you from making it? Turn up that oven and start whisking!
I love ice cream. In fact, I scream for ice cream. Seriously. Sometimes I get so excited for ice cream I start screaming my head off. And I know you do too. I mean, doesn’t everyone? But to make homemade ice cream, it seems you need one of those huge, expensive ice cream churners. And I could imagine that you wouldn’t want to buy one of those. So, here is a secret to lift my spirits and yours up. You don’t need an ice cream churner to make ice cream. Now is the time should be screaming for ice cream because making ice cream is no longer a tedious process consisting of tempering eggs, creating the perfect custard, churning the mixture, and then freezing it for what feels like decades. This is a much faster, much easier process that yields flavorful and creamy results! And as an added bonus, you don’t need to let your ice cream sit out before consumption! Straight from the freezer, no-churn ice cream is perfectly soft and creamy. So let’s get started on making 3-Ingredient No-Churn Nutella Ice Cream!
Oh French toast, how I love thee. I will write a poem for just for you, my love:
Bananas are yellow,
chocolate is brown.
I don’t know where this is going,
I should stop writing now.
But anyway…. My point is microwave mug cakes don’t have to be just for dessert. They have every right to be at the breakfast table too! Think about it, they’re quick and super easy to make. So I have taken the liberty to create a Microwave Chocolate Tropical French Toast in a Mug (I know, I shouldn’t have). This French toast in a mug is a complete breakfast. You’ll be getting fiber from the whole wheat bread, protein from the egg, calcium from the milk, and vitamins from the fruit! (But don’t worry. If you’re freaked about it being healthy, I added chocolate. No worries, bro.)