Apparently, if you want to make a significant portion of this group of bakers run screaming, you should describe something as eggy. In addition to expanding my own baking horizons, this group has exposed me to the (very vehement at times) preferences of other bakers. I have loved raisins since I was child and considered them a harmless little somewhat healthy snack. I did not know they were the devil. I could eat apple pie and cherry pie for at least two meals of the day. I was innocently unaware that cooked fruit is an item to be shunned like Barbie at a NOW convention.
I, of course, have my own “preferences.” I have a thing about nuts and, truth be told, I am not so into eggy myself. Reading the P&Q, I briefly considered skipping this week but with good reason. You see, I gave up all sweets, except my weekly TWD, for Lent. My husband thinks this is weak and you either give it all up or you don’t. He may have a point but I’m ignoring it. He also clearly does not need a little bite of dark chocolate to get through the afternoon. Baking is a stress reliever for me and does anyone really want to live with me if I can’t enjoy what I have baked? Cutting down to once a week is plenty. He should be glad (no, THRILLED) that I have never considered giving up all sweets. It would not be pretty. Just ask him about last time I gave up chocolate.
(Custard in thermal. I am bored with the laptop…)
So, I thought maybe I would do a little unsanctioned rewind. That almost fudge gateau has been calling my name. A lot. But….I have been pleasantly surprised in the past and, frankly, I am going to have to come up with some kind of work around for the coconut macadamia cookies at the end of the month. Just no and no to those ingredients. My precious gateau would have to wait.
The lemon didn’t sound like a viable option to overcome the eggy flavor. I thought about cinnamon or maybe chocolate (always a viable contender) and then someone posted that it was like flan without the caramel. Ding ding ding. We have a winner. Flan isn’t my favorite but caramel is like chocolate’s little sister. It usually makes everything better. Not wanting to mess with homemade, I spooned a little good ol’ Smuckers into the bottom of my ramekins.
Frankly, it wasn’t my cup of tea but caramel was a very welcome addition. It alone may have staved off a crazed sugar deprivation binge later this week (but check back with me on Thursday). Patty, who loves flan, loved it. She was pleasantly surprised when I told her to just go ahead and eat the third ramekin. I had no reason to hoard it. It was so easy to make that, if it traveled better, I probably would make it for her again. But we all know she would never return my dishes so this was her one shot. Maybe someday, in a generous mood, I will make the real flan recipe from the book for her. It is one of the few recipes I missed before joining. But it will be looonnng after Lent. I can promise you that.
So, thanks to Bridget of the Way the Cookie Crumbles. You made my mom smile.
NOTES: thanks for everyone’s well wishes about sister-in-law. She had a brain aneurysm, had surgery and is on the long road to recovery. Unrelated – got the estimate back on the camera. Too much relative to the worth of the camera. Guess I am in the market for a new one. If anyone has any recommendations for basic digital model, let me know. I have been trying some new recipes but haven’t been posting anything because of the photography issues.