Thursday, December 20, 2012


On the Eighth Day of Christmas, Dante's true love gave to him ...


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.

"Yup! We've got milk, all right!", exclaimed Dante.  Anybody out there want milk?"  They even went around town advertising "free milk".  Man, they were milking it for all it was worth!

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 ...


1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons water
Cooking spray
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.

Dante felt very pleased that he'd made some sweets for his sweetheart, and they both fell asleep that night with very full tummies and smiles on their faces.

Tomorrow is the "Ninth Day of Christmas with Dante & Sascha", so come on back, willya?


Mollie said...

Wez popped over from Brian's for some milk..MOL Love the recipe :) xx00xx

Mollie and Alfie

Marg said...

Wow, that looks so yummy. Made our Mom hungry, We are sure going to try that recipe. We are enjoying all these days of Christmas. Take care.

Fuzzy Tales said...

Crème Caramel is one of our human's absolute favourite desserts. Yum!

We've mostly been lurking these past weeks, and probably will be again after this, so we'll wish you all a joyful Christmas and New Year. Let's hope 2013 brings more laughter and happiness than tears and sorrow.

Purrs and peace,

Nicki, Derry and Kim too

wildcatwoods said...

Sounds yummy! Our Chica is very fussy about her milk - none of that low fat, skim milk for her. She must have whole milk and won't drink anything else!

cats of wildcat woods

Connie - Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

Panna Cotta is another wonderful recipe to make with some of that milk..

recipe makes 6 Servings
1/3 cup milk
1 (.25 ounce) envelope unflavored gelatin
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
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Pour milk into a small bowl, and stir in the gelatin powder. Set aside.
In a saucepan, stir together the heavy cream and sugar, and set over medium heat. Bring to a full boil, watching carefully, as the cream will quickly rise to the top of the pan. Pour the gelatin and milk into the cream, stirring until completely dissolved. Cook for one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla and pour into six individual ramekin dishes.
Cool the ramekins uncovered at room temperature. When cool, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight before serving.

Laila and Angel Minchie said...

Mom says we can taste the milk but if it gives us gas, NO MORE for us!

Little Miss Titch said...

Mummy say's this is one of her favorite desserts too

Katie said...

Sounds like a great recipe! Brian told us to come, nice to meet you :-)

Oink oink,
Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

lornajf said...

Loving the Twelve Days of Christmas. Dante and Sascha mae a gorgeous couple.

Timmy Tomcat said...

Hoo Cat that looks real good and Pops likes to give a turn in the kitchen.

Mr. Black said...

Sort of reminds me of Creme Brulee.

Mickey's Musings said...

We have been reading all the other posts for the 12 Days! WOW!! You two kitties have been busy :o
The Creme Caramel looks so yummy!!!!
Now we need to come back again ;)
Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
Tiger,Treasure,JJ and Julie

Anonymous said...

oh my cat! that dessert about put Mom out of commission!! yum, yum!! and I do tend to lurk too, so sorry Dante

Unknown said...

Me was really wondering what yous get for the 8th day!