"EIGHT MAIDS A-MILKING"
Now we all know that you can't really give human beings as gifts, so it was the services of the eight maids a-milking that Sascha was giving to Dante. And he was absolutely thrilled! After all, milk is one of his very favourite things, and it's so very versatile, too, when it comes to cooking.
So the eight maids milked and milked, until each had filled up one large can of milk. Dante had to find room in his refrigerator to keep all that milk cold. He had plenty to share with family and friends and wanted to make sure that none of it went to waste.
Of course, Dante kept enough for his own purposes, and made one of his favourite desserts for dinner that night. And here's what they had ...
CLASSIC CRÈME CARAMEL
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons water
3 large eggs
1 large egg white
2 cups milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
Fresh raspberries (optional)
Preheat oven to 325°.
Combine 1/3 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons water in a small, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Continue cooking an additional 4 minutes or until golden. Immediately pour into 6 (6-ounce) ramekins or custard cups coated with cooking spray, tilting each cup quickly until caramelized sugar coats bottom of cup. Set aside.
Beat eggs and egg white in a medium bowl with a whisk. Stir in milk, vanilla, 2/3 cup sugar, and salt. Divide the mixture evenly among prepared custard cups. Place cups in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan, and add hot water to pan to a depth of 1 inch. Bake at 325° for 50 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cups from pan. Cover and chill at least 4 hours.
Loosen edges of custards with a knife or rubber spatula. Place a dessert plate, upside down, on top of each cup; invert onto plates. Drizzle any remaining caramelized syrup over custards. Garnish with raspberries, if desired.
Tomorrow is the "Ninth Day of Christmas with Dante & Sascha", so come on back, willya?