Sunday, April 3, 2011

moving on up? or just out...

i can't really be sure.
all i know is that i have moved every semester since i started college. 
and it sucks.
i promised myself that the next time i move back in for school, my stuff isn't leaving until i do. no moving. nada. [it's really weird though... my room is sooo empty!]
the nice thing about the end of the semester is that i only have to get ready for school two days this week! :) not that i'm lazy or anything like that...
so my roommates and i are having a brunch today after the first session of conference, and as a tradition at home, we always make something yummy. usually we have conference rolls, but we have recently been converted to this creme brulee french toast that we got out of the "essential mormon cookbook." if you think it sounds yummy, just wait til you try it! i mean, who can resist creme brulee and french toast? and for breakfast???
i submit you cannot.

and now for the recipe. [drumroll please]
creme brulee french toast
1/2 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tbs corn syrup
1 loaf texas toast bread (extra thick slices)
5 eggs
1 1/2 cups half and half cream
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

in small saucepan melt butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup overmedium heat until smooth, stirring occasionally. pour mixture onto large, greased jelly roll pan (18x13x1 inch). spread to cover surface. place 12 slices texas toast bread in a single layer to cover pan. mix together eggs, cream, salt, and vanilla. spoon mixture over each piece if bread. cover and refrigerate overnight. bake uncovered at 350 for about 30 minutes. remove from pan and serve. if not serving immediately, turn each slice of bread over (this will prevent bread from sticking to the bottom of the pan). 

makes 12 servings.

they aren't done yet... but here is what they looked last night when i stuck them in the fridge.
just image flipping those suckers over and... oh! it's way too good to think about!

for some reason we do not have a normal sized cookie sheet at my apartment... don't ask me why.
so the poor things are kinda squished on there...
but the best way to eat these (in my opinion) is to flip 'em over and to cut (barely green) bananas on top! no, you don't have to use those kinds of bananas exactly... but that's the only way that i like to eat them. if they get a whole lot older than that i start mashing them up and putting them into things. like banana pancakes. it's sad, but i make this recipe all the time. i actually half it because i can't eat that many pancakes...
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp white sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 ripe bananas, mashed

combine flour, white sugar, baking powder and salt. in a separate bowl, mix together egg, milk, vegetable oil and bananas.
stir flour mixture into banana mixture; batter will be slightly lumpy.
heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. cook until pancakes are golden brown on both sides; serve hot.
makes approx. 6 pancakes

(if you don't want to end up with half an egg, but make 'em all up and then freeze some for later. mine just tend to get lost for the rest of the semester if i do that. but it is a great surprise when i clean out the freezer at the end of the semester when i don't think i have any food!) 

a while back, i read this article on how to make perfect pancakes.
a revelation!
i don't think i will ever be the same. 
if you like making pancakes like i do, and don't like the flat, watery slabs that you have to scrape off of the frying pan, you should give it a looksie. :) 

ok, well time is a'flying... and i have some cinnamon rolls to make! (actually i have to decide what recipe to use first...) you will know if i have succeeded. if not, it is better not to speak of such failures. psh... who am i kidding? nothing ever turns out like it's supposed to...

i am so grateful for a living prophet
general conference has to be one of my favorite days of the whole year
[and not because i get to sit in my jammies to go to church!]

want to know the coolest thing ever???
one of the new temples planned is going to be, like, i'm not kidding you -
10 minutes from my house!
(not that the other one is that far away either)
just kinda exciting...

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