Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Creme Caramel

What a conference!I attended the Childhood Trauma Conference for the past 2 days and was delighted by the future plans that Western Australia has for children who experienced or are experiencing trauma. Since leaving my last placement couple of months ago, I can't help but feel slightly lost. Or perhaps the best way to describe it is that for the last few months, I didn't feel the passion that I felt when I was working with children and family. It's something that I know our Lord has guided me into and hopefully an opening will come up at the right timing. When I heard the children choir sang, it touched my heart. More so when the sang "Reach out and touch a hand" I'm sure many professionals had their hanky or tissues out!

The range of topics covered include how developing brain can be affected by trauma, massage therapy (The touch institute) and all sorts of techniques in working with children and family who experienced trauma.

Oops, I'm so fired up after attending the conference that I'm just rambling on.. dear me.

Singairishgirl asked about my recipe for creme caramel. I made this for a dinner party that I attended last month. The host was gracious and wanted to prepare dinner so I offered to bring dessert. Since the weather was getting warm, I thought creme caramel might be a cool end to a fine evening.

I actually made this before about 2 months back BUT the photos came up so poorly that I was too ashamed to post it up. Not to mention, the syrup tasted slightly burnt. I had to go back to the whiteboard... This time round, the photos aren't any better but I figure out that u will forgive me since the recipe is really good and no I didn't burn the syrup! I took so many photographs of this creme caramel and NONE came out as decent...argh. Why is it that it looked like it has been reflected?

I substituted cream with Carnation 98% fat free evaporated milk. I also used skim milk hence it's a light, creamy yet delicious dessert. To be really honest, I was surprised by how well it turned out as well. I guess it is POSSIBLE to enjoy good food and lessen the calories at the same time.



Creme Caramel by Donna Hay Classics 2
2/3s cup caster sugar
1/3 cup of water

custard
2/3 cup of skim mlk
3/4 cup of Carnation 98% fat free evaporated milk
2 eggs
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup of caster sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat Oven to 150C. Place sugar and water in a sauce pan over low heat and stir till the sugar is dissolved. Increase the heat and boil for 8-10 minutes till the syrup is a deep golden color. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR EYES OFF THE POT AS THE SYRUP CAN BURN IN A FLASH! Pour syrup into 4 3/4 cup ramekins capacity. Set for 5 mins.

Custard: Place both types of milk in a saucepan over low heat. Heat till warm. Place the eggs, extra egg yolks, sugar and vanilla in a jar. Whisk till combine. Slowly pour over the milk mixture while whisking well to combine. Strain and pour over the caramel in the ramekins.

Place the ramekins in a baking tray and pour enough hot water to come three quarters of the way up the sides of the ramekins. Bake for 30-35 mins or till the custard is set. Remove from tray. Cool and refrigerate till cold.

To serve, dip the base of each ramekin into hot water for 10-15 seconds. Invert onto a plate and serve immediately.

10 comments:

singairishgirl said...

Oh, thank you thank you so much. I will attempt it when I have more egg yolks, like when I do my meringue again. ;)

celine said...

Lessen the calories, good idea!

InspiredMumof2 said...

Thats a nice dessert recipe :-) Agree that good food can be low fat too.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

wow..it looks exactly like the ones u get in ipoh !

zhengning said...

Hello there!
It's my first time dropping by here, and i gonna bookmark this page i swear. Haha, nice blog you have here.

Great dessert btw! Good to cut down on the calories and fats hah, would love this very much :)

teckiee said...

ohh looks like panna cotta ... must try this recipe

Little Corner of Mine said...

It looks really really good! What a great dessert!

East Meets West Kitchen said...

You had me at Creame Carmel... I love this!

daphne said...

singairishgirl-that's a good idea. I should try to make some meringues too! In my list to try.

celine-hehe.. ;p ya! hv to.. i feel so bad using cream so hv to substitute.

inspiredmumof2-definitely!

joe-is it? i havent visited ipoh in years!

zhengning-hey hey! I have been reading your blog for ages! heheh..glad u came to mine. come again.

teckiee-it's abit like panna cotta but slightly less creamy? creme caramel is also more eggy bah...

littler corner-thank you!

east meets west kitchen- do u? me too!

rita bellnad said...

I usually top up my tacos with lettuce and tomato salsa, I definitely gonna try avocado one. Yours look yum

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