Creme Brulee

  • 3 cups of half and half
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • light brown sugar
  • 9 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • strawberries for garnish

Early in day or one day ahead:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°.  In a 2 quart saucepan over medium heat, heat half and half until tiny bubbles form around the edge of the pan.
  2. Meanwhile, in heavy 3 quart saucepan over medium heat, heat butter and 3/4 cup of packed light brown sugar to boiling; boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Gradually whisk in warm half and half until mixture is completely smooth.  Remove from heat.
  3. In medium bowl, with wire whisk beat egg yolks and vanilla extract until blended; slowly beat in half and half mixture until well mixed.
  4. Pour half and half mixture into 12 4 ounce ramekins.  Place ramekins in small roasting pan.  Carefully pour boiling water into pan to come up half way on the sides of ramekins.  Bake 1 hour or until just set (will be slightly soft in center).  Refrigerate ramekins 3 hours until chilled.
  5. Up to 4 hours before service, preheat broiler.  Sieve brown sugar on top of ramekins to almost cover.  Place ramekins into jellyroll pan and broil 3 – 4 minutes until sugar melts.
  6. Refrigerate until ready to serve.  Serve within 4 hours or sugar will not be crisp.


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Apple Crisp

For you Goo:

My apple crisp is an ‘on the fly’ kind of concoction, so nothing is ever really measured.

I use a stone baking dish, so I do not butter the bottom.  If you do not have one, then you need to butter the bottom of the baking dish you use.  Baking dish should be the size of a quiche pan.

  • Peel and Slice ~ 6 apples (I use Granny Smith – You can use any good baking apple, but not MacIntosh, they get too mushy)
  • Arrange the apples in your dish after it is buttered.  (Sprinkle apples with a bit of lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg if you wish.)



  • Melt a stick of butter in the microwave
  • Add about 1/2  cup of brown sugar to the butter
  • Add about 1 cup of oats (not the quick kind) to the mixture and mix until it is moist
  • As I said, this is not measured, so  you might need to play around with the quantities.
  • Spread the mixture evenly over the top of the apples. 
  • Bake at 350°, uncovered for about 45 minutes.

Be careful not to place too high in the oven, or the top will darken too much.

Enjoy!  I love you!