dinnerwasdelicious:

Salted Caramel Pots de Creme

Desserts are hard. Not, like, quitting-meth hard or signing-up-for-the-Affordable-Care-Act hard or even getting-up-before-the-4th-snooze hard, but, still. Hard. They’re complex. They require ingredients you don’t usually keep on hand and tools you’ve never heard of. Despite our best intentions, we’re almost always too full to enjoy them enough to justify working so damn hard and they fuck up your kitchen for days.

But not this one.

Pots de Creme (“pots” like Edgar Allen. “de” like you big dummy. “creme” like brulee) require no more special ingredients than your average weekend breakfast. Patently effortless: Half and half, sugar, a splash of vanilla, good salt, and a few eggs (once carefully whisked and slowly water-bathed) turn into the creamiest, dreamiest without making you break a sweat.

Keep this recipe close at hand during the holidays: it and doubles (and triples) well to serve a crowd and is ready in about the time it takes to eat a turkey. It’s the perfect backup for those oh-god-I-fucked-up-my-pumpkin-pie moments and other Thanksgiving tragedies— and is so freaking good, no one will will know the difference.

Salted Caramel Pots de Creme

  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 2 cups Half & Half
  • ¼ cup Sugar (this is listed separately for a reason)
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla extract
  • 5 Egg Yolks
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt, plus more for sprinkling

You will need 4-6 ramekins— or you can use jars, tea cups, coffee cups, regular bowls, or whatever oven-proof container you can access with a spoon.

Preheat your oven to 300°. Place your containers into a large baking pan (the kind you’d use for brownies, or whatever) and fill the pan (not the cups, which should still be empty) with about two inches of hot water. Stick the whole shebang into the oven while you prep.

Make caramel by adding ½ cup Sugar into a large saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until it melts and starts to turn brown and, well, into caramel. Watch it closely. There are tenths of a seconds between deliciousness and horrifying burnt garbage.

Carefully pour the Half & Half into the still warm caramel mixture. Doing this will likely cause some of the sugar in the pan to harden. That’s fine. Let it simmer over low heat until it dissolves again.

In a large bowl or your mixer, beat the Egg Yolks, remaining 1/4 cup of Sugar, and Sea Salt until they turn light in color and become a little fluffy— like the start of mayonnaise. Pour in the Caramel-y Half & Half very carefully, while continuing to whisk.

For prettier service, skim off any bubbles you can gather. We usually don’t bother, but it does make for a neater, creamier texture.

Open your oven door and carefully ladle the mixture into your cups. This won’t rise, so don’t be afraid to take it to the top if you must. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until just hardly set. Pro-tip: It’s a million times easier to remove the containers from the pan than it is to not spill a giant tray of 300° water. Just take the containers out using tongs or an oven mit and come back for the pan later.

Cool the pots de creme on the counters for at least 15 minutes. Feel free to serve it still warm or cover with plastic wrap and chill for up to three days.

We topped ours with whipped cream and caramel sauce (caramelize some sugar, add a little butter, and a few splashes of cream). You needn’t bother because it’s pretty fucking luscious on its own, but a little extra Salt on top is real nice.

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mimic-of-modes:

edwardian-time-machine:

"The proper length for little girls’ skirts at various ages", from Harper’s Bazaar, showing an 1868 idea of how the hemline should descend towards the ankle as a girl got older"

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forbiddenforest:

COLOR PALETTE MASTERPOST by forbiddenforest

So today I felt like sharing some useful websites that provide pre-made color palettes (left side), as well as sites that allow you to create custom ones (right side). They can be used for graphic design, themes, art, interior design, or just something pretty to look at.

Adobe Kuler (Explore)

Chromaa

Color-Collective

Just Jaimee Daily Color Inspiration

Design Seeds

Adobe Kuler (Create)

Color Scheme Designer

Color Palette Generator (paste the URL of an image and it will automatically generate a pallet that matches the image)

Color Hunter (upload an image and it will automatically generate a pallet that matches the image)

Colllor

I hope you find this useful (and please like or reblog if you did)! Enjoy :)

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fuckingrecipes:

thecakebar:

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IF YOU WANT TO BE A SUPER-FANCY ASSHOLE WITH YOUR BAKED GOODS

I do want to be a super fancy asshole 

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imagineyuorotp:

Imagine your ATP. During cell respiration, phosphate A is separated from phosphate B and the rest of the molecule, and is later paired with another set of phosphates in different ATP molecule. 

who-let-the-daleks-out:

thenerdgirlcometh:

I actually believe artists and scientists think very similarly. Complex, abstract thought? They both have that down. It’s all about where that thinking takes you after that.

Words cannot describe how much I love this post.

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I have bred ten of these babies, five female named Easter and five male named Sunday, and I shall be sending them into Wonder Trade for the holiday! Good-bye little eggies! :D

I have bred ten of these babies, five female named Easter and five male named Sunday, and I shall be sending them into Wonder Trade for the holiday! Good-bye little eggies! :D

catandcrown:

sh1re:

happy easter

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therunscape:

Heart attacks symptoms are different for women. I recently learned this. 

therunscape:

Heart attacks symptoms are different for women. I recently learned this. 

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newmodernhanbok:

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newmodernhanbok:

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matori:

joanjettofarc:

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thewritingcafe:


Another Halloween themed post.
Part I: Superstitions
GHOSTS AND SPIRITS
Iron and Ghosts
The Early Ghost
Guide to Ghosts
Ghosts
Gravestone Symbolism
10 Little Known Mysterious Ghost Types
Ghost Types
The Different Types of Ghosts
Haunted Places
Cemetery Folklore
Writing a Ghost Story
Tips for Writing Ghost Stories
Ghost Cliches
Horror Cliches
ZOMBIES
The Science of Zombies
Zombie Biology
Zombie Sociology
Zombie Myths
Stage II and Stage III Zombies (pictures)
Vampires vs Zombies
Undead Creatures
Zombies
Guide on Zombies
SHAPE SHIFTERS AND HOMINIDS
Werewolves and other were-beasts
The Shape Shifting Process
Shape Shifters
Hominids of the World
Werewolf Myths
Science of Werewolves
Werewolf Behavior
Werewolves vs Vampires vs Zombies
Werewolf Anatomy
Wolf Body Language
Lycanthropy
Werewolf Myths and Truths
History of the Werewolf Legend
SEA CREATURES
The Mermaid
Sea Creatures
Books About Mermaids and Sea Folklore
Sea Creatures: Books
YA Mermaid Novels
Best Mermaid Books
Awesome Mermaid Books
Mermaid Anatomy
A Dissection of Mermaid Anatomy
VAMPIRES
African Vampires
Writing the A-Typical Vampire
So You Want to Write a Vampire Novel
Avoiding Vampire Cliches
Vampire Cliches
Vampire Burial
Vampire Mythology
Vampire Biology
Vampire Virology
Vampire Sociology
Vampires in Folklore and Literature
AVIAN CREATURES
Underused Bird Mythologies
FAIRIES AND FAE
Types of Faeries A-Z
A Guide to Fairies
Other Names for Fairies
Books About Faery
Best YA Fairy Books
Best YA Fantasy Series About the Fae
ANGELS AND DEMONS
A Glory of Angels
Angels and Demons Resource Post
Do You Give Angels Flaws or Not?
Unusual Angels
More:
Creating Creepy Creatures
Mythology Meme
Master Post of World Mythology, Creatures, and Folklore
Figures of Norse Mythology
Those Who Haunt the Earth
Writing Horror, Paranormal, and Supernatural
Genre: YA Supernatural
List of Mythical Creatures
Mythological Creature Picture Spam
How to Make Your Supernatural Characters Unique
Supernatural Theme Story
Myths and Urban Legends Masterpost
Original Gods, Goddesses, and Myths
World Building Basics: Myths and Legends
Mythical Creatures and Beings
Symbols by Word
Mythology Meme
Writing Paranormal Characters into the Real World

thewritingcafe:

Another Halloween themed post.

Part I: Superstitions

GHOSTS AND SPIRITS

ZOMBIES

SHAPE SHIFTERS AND HOMINIDS

SEA CREATURES

VAMPIRES

AVIAN CREATURES

FAIRIES AND FAE

ANGELS AND DEMONS

More:

What a time to be alive <3

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