Monday, January 4, 2010

Starting the new year out right...

The past few weeks I have been in kind of a funk.
I had something similar to an Upper Respiratory Infection the week after we came home from the honeymoon, and Thursday I finally dragged myself to the doctor to find out I also had a sinus infection. Yipee.
Needless to say, we didn't spend our new year's eve partying like everyone else.

Since I had been sick, I hadn't cooked at all.
Once I finally got some antibiotics in my system and started feeling better, I have cooked a lot.
I hope this is a sign of how the rest of the year is.

There are two dessert recipes I wanted to share with you all, mostly because they are super easy, and you can really impress someone when you tell them you made it from scratch!

Orange Pudding Cake

2 eggs, separated
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 tsp orange zest
2/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup ap flour
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350F.
Place a 9-inch cake pan, filled with about 3/4 inch of water, into the oven. Grease a 1 quart (4 cup) souffle dish and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, flour and salt. Add in egg yolks, orange juice, orange zest, milk and vanilla, and whisk thoroughly. In a medium bowl, beat egg whites to soft peaks. Stir or fold egg whites gently into lemon mixture, until well combined. Pour mixture into prepared souffle dish and gently place in water bath. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the cake has risen and begun to pull away from the sides of the dish. Serve warm. Serves 4.

With this cake, I decided to make a chocolate sauce. It was really simple, but you must stay right by the stove, stirring, at all times!

1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp milk
3 handsful [i know this isn't an accurate measuring tool, but i can't help it!] of semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
1 heaping tbsp marshmellow fluff

Heat stove to very low, just above simmering. In a small sauce pan, melt the butter. Add milk and chocolate chops. Stir constantly, as to not burn the chocolate. If you think the chocolate is melting too fast, turn the heat down. Once chocolate is completely melted, add the marshmellow fluff. Stir until all the white has blended into the chocolate. If your 'sauce' is too thick, add 1 tsp milk and stir over heat. If your sauce is too thin, let sit for 10 minutes OFF of the heat. If it still isn't thick enough, add more chocolate chips over heat.

Chocolate Banana Pudding

3 whole graham crackers
1 ripe banana
3 cups milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup unsweeted cocoa powder
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup sugar

Use 6 single serve ramekins, or one large corningware. Crush up graham crackers into crumbs. Put enough graham cracker crumbs in the bottom to cover completely. Slice the banana into very thin pieces. Layer Bananas ontop of the crumbs, save some for the top. In a large saucepan, mix sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in milk. Whisk over medium heat until pudding comes to a boil and thickens. [Do not leave the stove, you will royally mess this one up]. Cook for 1 minute longer. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into the prepared dish(es).
Add leftover bananas on top. Chill. [I covered mine with plastic wrap and put it in the freezer for 30 minutes. Just long enough for us to finish dinner, and dessert was nice and cool.]


Emma Hughes said...

YUM!!! Will definitely be trying :)

Hope your feeling much much better now :)

Lisa Anne said...

YUM. I think I want to try to make the chocolate pudding cake. I think my son would love it. Then again what kid doesn't like chocolate. =)