CREME BRULEE

This is a fancy dessert that is impressive and easy to make (especially if you like using a butane torch). It can be made in advance and stored for up to 2 days, making it perfect for dinner parties.

INGREDIENTS:  4 servings

  • egg yolks – 3
  • heavy cream – 1 cup
  • sugar – 1/3 cup
  • vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon
  • sugar (for brulee top)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small bowl, slightly beat egg yolks with whisk.
  3. In a larger bowl, stir heavy cream, 1/3 cup sugar and vanilla extract until well mixed. Then add egg yolks and beat with whisk until well blended.
  4. Pour cream mixture evenly into 4 (4oz) ceramic ramekins in an oven-safe pan. Carefully pour boiling hot water into pan until it reaches 2/3 of the height of the ramekins.
  5. Bake 30-35 minutes or until top is light golden brown.
  6. Cool to room temperature (about 2 hours) and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  7. Gently blot any liquid from tops of custards with paper towel and sprinkle 1-2 teaspoons sugar over each chilled custard.
  8. Hold torch 3 to 4 inches from custard, moving flame continuously over sugar in circular motion, until sugar is melted and light golden brown.

BANANA BREAD

Don’t throw away over-ripe bananas, they are perfect for this simple recipe. The crunchy top and soft sweet center, tastes and smells amazing! Add walnuts or pecans for extra flavor and texture.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • butter – 1/3 cup
  • sugar – 3/4 cup
  • 1 egg – beaten
  • vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon
  • baking soda – 1 teaspoon
  • salt – 1/4 teaspoon
  • flour – 1.5 cups
  • cooking oil spray

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until smooth.
  • Stir in melted butter. Mix in baking soda and salt.
  • Stir in sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Mix in flour.
  • Spray inside of loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

INGREDIENTS:

  • sugar – 3/4 cup
  • brown sugar – 3/4 cup
  • butter – 1 cup
  • vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon
  • 1 egg
  • flour – 2.5 cups
  • baking soda – 1 teaspoon
  • salt – 1/2 teaspoon
  • chocolate chips – 2 cups (12 oz package)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Mix sugars, butter, egg and vanilla in a large bowl.
  • Stir in flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Cover baking pan in parchment paper.
  • Drop rounded teaspoons of dough 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden brown.