Tuesday, April 14, 2009

at long last

so i've been taking a little bloggy break, with a serious move in the works. and now, this blog is no longer appropriately titled! because now, i have my own kitchen!

and so to commemorate my move into a new house, my first dish was a classic. kraft boxed macaroni and cheese.
but once we unpacked some kitchen utensils, i got to make a yummy recipe i've seen making a few rounds this month.

it's a david lebovitz popover recipe that somehow turned into the best mix of french toast and muffins i've ever eaten. chewy, eggy, sweet, and crunchy from the cinnamon sugar.

Cinnamon Puffs - adapted from a NYTimes recipe by David Lebovitz

For the puffs:

Softened unsalted butter, for greasing the pan

2 tablespoons butter, melted

3 large eggs, at room temperature

1 cup whole milk, skim seems to work well too.

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

1 cup flour

For the sugar coating:

1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

4 tablespoons butter, melted.

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Liberally grease a nonstick popover pan, or a muffin pan with 1/2-cup indentations, with softened butter.

2. For the puffs, put the 2 tablespoons melted butter, eggs, milk, salt and sugar in a blender and whiz for a few seconds.

3. Add the flour and whiz for 5 to 8 seconds, just until smooth.

4. Divide the batter among 9 greased molds, filling each 1/2 to 2/3 full.

5. Bake for 35 minutes, until the puffs are deep brown.

6. Remove from the oven, wait a few minutes until cool enough to handle, then remove the puffs from the pans. You may need a small knife to help pry them out.

7. Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Thoroughly brush each puff all over with melted butter, then dredge in sugar and cinnamon mixture to coat completely. Let cool on a baking rack. Makes 9 puffs.

mac n cheese

ingredients... this IS mis en place ya'll.
oven preheating to 400
4 minutes into the cooking
18 minutes in! very gratifying to watch...
crusty, and very hot.
not exactly easy to dig out. use lots of butter to grease the pans!!
freshly coated...
i had to try one... mmmm...!

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