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Crème caramel

creme caramel

Crème caramel or Crème renversée or even flan custard, they are different names for this succulent dessert. I always thought it’s very difficult and tricky to make it until today, i promise you it’s so easy and prepared in less than 20 minutes.

The secret of success of this caramel dessert is in using bio eggs and both milk and cream to get this very smooth and silky texture.

creme caramel

It consists of two parts of preparation. First the caramel and then the creme.

Heat 1 1/2 cup of sugar on a medium heat and in a non stick pan until the sugar gets brown and gradually melt to turn into golden caramel. it will take about 5-7 minutes.

creme caramel

Pour the caramel into a baking dish and distribute it evenly in the dish until it covers all the parts by tilting it in circular moves. Put aside to prepare the creme.

  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 6 large eggs bio
  • dash of salt
  • zest of half lemon (3/4 tsp almost)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cognac or whiskey of a good quality
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Whisk sugar and eggs, gently so you don’t get bubbles, then add salt, zest and cognac (or whiskey) and mix them until combined. Finally add milk and cream and mix well again gently to avoid bubbles which won’t give the smooth texture later when baking.

If you get bubbles you can get rid of them by sieving the mixture before pouring it in the prepared baking dish. Cover it with aluminum foil and make small holes in it. Bake it bain marie style on 200°C for almost an hour or 70 minutes. Start checking on it after 50 minutes. Insert a wooden skewer, it should comes out clean.

creme caramel

For those who doesn’t know bain marie technique (water bath or double boiler), it consists of bathing your baking dish in another wider dish containing boiling water. The water covers the outside of your baking dish to half. This technique is meant to evenly cook something, gently and gradually.

Let the crème caramel cool down, then turn it upside down on a plate, not too shallow because you will have caramel liquid coming out.

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Better served after chilled in the fridge for at least 5 hours!

If you wish to serve it as individual portions you can pour the creme evenly in small ramekins.

Recipe courtesy of my mum, i am so lucky she is still here!

creme caramel

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Caramel date energy balls

caramel date energy ballsCaramel date energy balls are the kind of grab and go snack you need to munch on to get the fuel needed for busy days.

Those little energy bites are also perfect for your little ones. They will love it! My son is not sweets lover, but he really liked them. I was pleased to see him eating this nutritious healthy snack. Don’t hesitate to insert some in your kids lunchbox to school, it helps staying energetic all day long!

caramel date energy ballsIngredients: (yield 25 balls)

  • 250g date pitted and chopped
  • 100g butter
  • 60g sugar (4 tbsp)
  • 100g biscuit marie crushed

caramel date energy balls

Heat the butter and sugar until caramelized and golden, about 4-5 minutes. Add the date and cook until combined and smooth. Remove from the heat and add the biscuits. Mix well to form kind of dough. Roll them in balls, let it cool and enjoy!

caramel date energy ballsThose addictive treats will fill your mouth and warm your heart with their flavorful taste. It’s hard to stop yourself when eating! Once you start you can never stop, trust me, you will find yourself eating one after the other!

You can keep them up to 2 weeks in a closed container, but who will anyways?!

caramel date energy ballsSatisfy your sweet tooth, don’t restrain yourself from eating what you like, respecting the golden rule of moderation. Bite and enjoy!

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chocolate whiskey cake with caramel whiskey sauce

chocolate whiskey cake with caramel whiskey sauce

Today it’s our 3rd wedding anniversary and it coincides with the post number 100 for marmite et ponpon.

Booze cake sounds a brilliant idea! Of course not any booze but Antoun’s favorite: Whiskey! And to jazz it up i decided to coat it with caramel whiskey sauce! A real pleasure to the palate!

chocolate whiskey cake with caramel whiskey sauce

You might be wondering what’s this drawing underneath! Well Nady must add his touch as well. I used one of his big drawing as a runner on the table. I found it a bright idea to let him participate in our surprise to papa.

chocolate whiskey cake with caramel whiskey sauce

To do this irresistible cake you will need:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup whiskey of good quality

Preheat oven to 180°C. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Whisk on medium speed until the ingredients are well incorporated then add the water and booze.

Pour in greased and floured pan (12 cups) and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a wood pick comes out clean.

chocolate whiskey cake with caramel whiskey sauce

Let it rest before removing from pan. Meantine you can prepare the caramel sauce.

chocolate whiskey cake with caramel whiskey sauce

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp whiskey

Place sugar on medium heat. Pour water and bring to boil. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes until all sugar crystals are dissolved. Remove cover and continue to boil until sugar becomes golden brown.

remove from heat and stir in the butter and cream and return to low heat, whisking until all smooth. Remove from heat and let it cool for couple of minutes before adding the whiskey. bring it to room temperature and allow it to thicken a bit yet still pourable.

Now it’s ready to pour over the cake!

chocolate whiskey cake with caramel whiskey sauce

The smell of chocolate, caramel and whiskey tickles your senses. Three magical constituents, make you feel love from the first sight! A perfect cake to celebrate 3 years of love. Not just only love or we will be too perfect to believe!

t's such an appealing cake you will feel love from the first sight!

My lovely antoun, you were more than a husband; you were a friend, colleague, father and most of all a great support in all ups and downs of the life. May our marriage last long and our love flourishes to be a good example to our Nady. Happy 3rd anniversary!

t's such an appealing cake you will feel love from the first sight!