Valerie is a 42-year-old, single, Reformed Christian lady who lives in Baltimore. She doesn't remember a time
before she knew and loved Jesus, but she does remember accepting John Calvin into her heart in March of 2000.
Valerie is a member of Christ Reformed Evangelical Church in Annapolis.
Though her career aspiration is to be a housewife, Valerie has not yet found anyone suitable who wishes to hire
her for employment in that field (or, more properly, anyone suitable has not found her), so in the meantime she
earns her daily bread working in communications -- editing, writing, print design and website management.
Recipes for Megan (and Anybody Else Who Might Like Them)
Tres Leches Cake (Adapted from a recipe in The Dinner Doctor, by Anne Bryn)
Step One -- The Cake 1 yellow cake mix 1 pkg vanilla instant pudding mix 4 large eggs 1 c milk 3/4 c oil
Throw it all in a bowl. Beat on low for a minute. Scrape down sides. Beat on medium for two minutes. Pour into greased 9" x 13" baking dish (I used a pyrex dish) and bake at 325 degrees for ~35 minutes...'til it's golden brown and springs back when lightly pressed with a finger. Place on a wire rack and let cool completely. Once cool, poke lots of holes in the top with a fork.
Step Two -- The Milk Syrup 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (or cajeta, which is sweetened caramelized goat's milk available from Latin markets) 1 c heavy cream 1 tsp vanilla 2 Tbsp rum
Whisk together and spoon over cake (I used a small measuring cup). Loosely cover cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours (I left it overnight) 'till all the milk is soaked up.
Step Three -- The Whipped Cream 1 c heavy cream 1/4 c powdered sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla
After chilling a bowl and beaters in the freezer for 15 minutes, beat cream on high speed 'til thickened -- about 1 1/2 minutes. Add sugar and vanilla. Beat again 'til stiff peaks form...about 2 minutes. Slather on cake, and yer dun!
Milk and Honey Communion Bread (I've posted a couple of communion bread recipes in the past. This is the current incarnation of my recipe.)
1 c warm milk 1 stick butter, softened 2 eggs, beaten 1/3 c honey 4 1/2 c bread flour 1 1/2 tsp salt 2 1/2 tsp yeast
Place all ingredients in bread machine pan in the order suggested by the manufacturer. (I wouldn't recommend doing this by hand -- too much honey makes it too sticky.) Run the dough cycle. Remove dough to a pizza stone (or well-floured flat pan, or silicone baking mat on a flat pan), shape into a round, cover, and let rise for 20 minutes or so. Score a cross on the top (use a really sharp, non-serrated knife and let the knife do the work -- don't hack at it). Uncover and bake at 375 degrees for ~20 minutes. Remove from oven, brush with additional 1 T butter, and leave to cool on pan (helps ensure that it's completely done).
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 10:05 PM
On March 27, 2009 10:40 AMSheilawrote... Melissa has been making food her Aunt Claudia (who is Argentinian) has taught her; I have had this from her but far more complicated. I like your version. A new bread recipe! Oh, Seth will be so happy, not that anything was wrong with the other one.
On April 4, 2009 3:51 PMDeborahwrote... This recipe is similar to bread an Orthodox Jewish friend makes for Shabbos. In both cases I wonder why so much sweetening?