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03 July 2009 @ 04:11 pm
Infants from the Netherlands, Teenaged Contortionists and Semifinal Drabbles  
Now if THAT's not something for everyone, I don't know what is. :)

I made a Dutch Baby for breakfast this morning, and I can tell it's going to be one of those things I whip up on a moment's notice from henceforth when I want a decadent breakfast. It was fabulous. Completely fabulous. Because I love you all, I'll give you the how-to under the cut.

Cast of characters: Sugar, four 3 eggs (room temperature), cinnamon, milk, an orange, vanilla, salt and butter.

(My mom's husband, Tom, made that bowl. Isn't it pretty? As an aside, I never know what to call Tom. He's definitely one of my boys' 3 grandfathers, but stepfather seems a little presumptuous, since they got married a month before we did. More often than not, what comes out is "Mom's Tom, or Papa Tom. But I completely adore him, so he's my Tom, too. *nods* That's what I'll call him on the journal. "My Tom.")

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature 30 minutes (run then under warm water if you’re in a hurry)
  • 2/3 cup whole milk at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
I cleaned my ovens last week. Just for you nice people. :D

Put skillet on middle rack of oven and preheat oven to 450°F. I really love cast iron. It's so versatile and sturdy, and I wish i had more of it. :)

This is my new favorite kitchen tool. It's a microplaner. If you like to cook, you NEED one of these. It's perfect for zesting, for making fluffy little piles of parmesan cheese, or to mince garlic. It's a multipurpose, fantabulous and perfect in every way.

It zested this Orange like nobody's business. Look at the poor thing, sitting there, denuded of all its zest. That's just embarrassing, is what it is. Naked fruit. *cough* When you zest, make sure you only get the very top layer, and none of the pith, or the white part of the peel, cause the pith is NASTY, bitter and awful tasting. Believe me, kiddos. Learn from my mistakes.

Stir together sugar and zest in a small bowl.

Dear heavens above, do I have plans for Orange Sugar in my future. I see a million and one things I can do with it. It's beautifully fragrant, a pretty color, and just seems fancy. Super fancy. Kinda like me. *flips hair*.

Beat eggs with an electric mixer at high speed until pale and frothy, then beat in milk, flour, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and continue to beat until smooth, about 1 minute more (batter will be thin).

I didn't have a picture of this because I was talking to Nolan and my MIL on the phone, IMing with Celeste and trying to put together a photoblog. I failed a step. *sigh*

Add butter to hot skillet and melt, swirling to coat.

Add batter. This smelled GREAT.

Immediately return skillet to oven. Bake until puffed and golden-brown, 18 to 25 minutes.

This was 18 minutes. It looked like it was going to escape the pan, and when I mentioned this too Celeste, she relplied, "You'll be fine."

I guess I've been a little excitable lately.

This thing is really pretty, in it's own way, and it's sort of a cross between a popover and a pancake. It's definitely different, and would be good served with syrup or butter and jam.

Not that it needs more butter. Cause it really doesn't.


Serve immediately, topped with orange sugar. (It's also good an hour later, after you take your car in to get the flats fixed, FYI.)

I had mine with vanilla yogurt, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, and I don't mind telling you that it was freaking fantastic. The orange sugar put it over the top.

And this picture's for Mom and maureen. My purple butterfly bush is awfully pretty right now.

After you make one of those for yourself, you must watch this. I've never seen anything quite like it. You have to make it through their weird potato salad song, but about :50 second mark, it gets eye-opening.

And I won thedg_ldws 6th round this week! I'm into the semifinals. Wish me luck. :)
I feel:: busybusy
I hear:: Debutante Divorcees by Plum Sykes
Sharlenemynuet on July 3rd, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
Holy crap. I don't know if I'm impressed or frightened.
Carrie Leigh: what the crapcarrie_leigh on July 4th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
I know. That looked like it HURT, didn't it? if I tried that, I'd break.
maureen: Draco 3maureen on July 3rd, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
Your purple butterfly bush IS awfully pretty. I so love your landscaping.

As far as the food stuff goes, I love all things orange so I bet I'd love your pan-cake there. Mmmmm. Plus, it looks like something soft enough that I could eat right now.

That icon you have there? FULL of awesome.
Carrie Leigh: Choose your weapon cookingcarrie_leigh on July 4th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
Pulling weeds could be a full time job, though. And then there's the birds and frogs to deal with... O.o

Poor you. I really hope you're feeling better soon; it's murder to have to wait to go back til the 13th, though.

That icon covers just about everything, huh?
Stephanie: Chocolatepaperhana on July 3rd, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
That does look good! Now I'm hungry... :P

Congrats on winning round 6th! Hehe, I voted for yours, it was great!
Carrie Leigh: ruby slipperscarrie_leigh on July 4th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
It WAS good.

Thank you! I LOVED the prompt last week!
Brendan: BSG - Comic Cottle - Frakking Hypochondrbrendanm720 on July 3rd, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
That video makes my back hurt.

The dutch baby looks fascinating. I think I may have to find a smaller cast iron skillet, though. Mine is a 12" and is more useful on a campfire than a stove ('cause it got a bit too hot one time, and is now warped).
Carrie Leigh: One drink awaycarrie_leigh on July 4th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
I know. I gasped several times.

I used a 10" skillet, and I think a 12 inch would probably be best. With a flat bottom of course.

I didn't realize that they could get hot enough to warp. You are talented, my friend.
Brendan: Sinfest - Chefsbrendanm720 on July 4th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
Yes, I am. I'm probably the most talented man ever, with the possible exception of my friend Steve's dad who can break correlle plates without trying. (Because anyone can break them if they try.)

It's really not THAT warped, but I did have to scrub it out and reseason it... It burned the fat inside the pan, and there's a black circle on the bottom.

dragonsangel68: HP - Draco redeemable Pottersticksdragonsangel68 on July 4th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
That looks wonderful!

Congratulations on the win! Good luck for the semifinals :)
Carrie Leigh: intermissioncarrie_leigh on July 4th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)
Thank you, thank you! *crosses fingers*
I'm just me: mug and gloved handsairmidm on July 4th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
That looks yummy! I need to acquire a cast iron skillet from Dad. *grin*

Wow! Human pretzels, Batman! (I had to double check they weren't the ones that sang my fave song from that era!)

Congrats! *claps*
Carrie Leigh: cake or death?carrie_leigh on July 7th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
Cast iron skillets are the best. *nods*