Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pots de Crème - *Gluten-free & Dairy-Free!*

I had a funny email from a reader not so long ago. Not 'haha' funny, but more like interesting funny. 

Actually, the more I think about it, it wasn't really funny at all.

I wasn't sure how to address it, so I thought posting it would be the way to go. This way, I can refer back to it if needed.

I'm paraphrasing just a bit here, but was asked, "Why don't you have anything posted about yourself? I know nothing about you aside from what you share in your blog. I would love to know what makes you tick."

I sat and thought pretty hard about this question. The only thing I could come up as to why I haven't said anything is because there really isn't much to say. I'm just, well, me. Nothing fancy, nothing frilly. Just me. I mean I do understand how one would like to know the person behind the blog, I really do and I totally get it, but I've never been one to talk about or bring attention to myself, so it seems a bit weird if I'm honest.

After some contemplating, I came up with some things you may be interested to know about me. If you're not, hey, I won't be offended. Just scroll right past and down to the amazeballs Pots de Crème recipe and whip yourself some up. It's unbelievably easy peasy and totally delish! 

A Ditty about Me.

My name is Jenny, not ‘The Brunette Baker’, believe it or not. I HATE to be called Jen and I absolutely cringe when people call me Jennifer, although I won’t correct people that do either. I’ll just secretly judge you.

I have the best husband a girl could ask for as well as two incredibly funny and amazing kids. They are my life, my world, but I have never forgotten who I am.

I am a Christian and I absolutely love the Lord. He is my personal savior and I will defend Him until my last breath. However, I'm not this perfect little Christian who does right all the time and I won’t pretend I am. I’m flawed. I say 'shit' a lot. People piss me off daily, but I still love Jesus and consider myself a work in progress. I won’t shove my beliefs down your throat, but if you want to talk about the Lord or want me to pray for you or with you, then I’m your girl.

I am a very loyal and trustworthy friend. I am kick ass. Yeah, I said it. I enjoy being around people and I am very social, but I’m also a good judge of character, so if you gain my trust, you are a friend for life. If you manage to slip through my cracks somehow and betray or disrespect me, you will lose me forever. I forgive, but I do not forget and I’m not dumb enough to let you back into my life. There are no do overs with me. Harsh, but true. Friendships are something that should not be treated lightly or loosely and I feel there are way too many people that don’t understand the word ‘loyal’. If you can’t accept that, then you need to move onto the next person that feels the same way you do. People that gossip need not apply.  

I am often very misunderstood. Imagine that.

I love to read. I have been known to have 3 books going at once and can keep up with each storyline and characters. 

I am a tidy and organized person, but my laundry room is an absolute disgrace on any given day.

I’m a germaphobe. I clean my bathrooms with rubbing alcohol. I figure if doctors swab my arm with a alcohol pad before an inoculation to prevent anything entering my bloodstream, it’s good enough to kill the germs on my toilet. It hasn’t let me down yet.

I can’t ignore a homeless person on the street no matter how hard I try. I ultimately end up talking to them and buying them something to eat. Not that I’m looking for a pat on the back with that admission, but it truly breaks my heart. Unless you know their entire life story, don’t judge. 

I adore children and being around them. I am a huge advocate for charities that work closely with them. 

I carry dual citizenship of the United States and Canada. I will defend both if provoked.

I am a science geek to the core. I can still recite many of the elements and their symbols on the Periodic Table as well as most of the 206 bones in the body.

I will never own a manual transmission car. Ever. I have tried to drive one at least 20 times in my life and failed. Miserably. I just can't get the hang of it. 

I enjoy being alone.

I hate having my photo taken. HATE. IT.

My ultimate dream is to own and operate a bed and breakfast. 

I have an insanely weird fascination/borderline obsession with airplanes. I’m in complete awe how they work, but I’m actually a really bad flier.

I own more socks and bowls than most people should. 

I love Mexican food and could eat it everyday.

That's about it.

Now go and make someone smile. 

Recipe slightly modified from The Pioneer Woman

1½ cups good, quality semisweet chocolate chips - I used Ghirardelli
4 large eggs, at room temperature*
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 pinch salt 
1 cup VERY HOT strong coffee
1 cup heavy cream**
2 tablespoons sugar

*It is important the eggs are at room temperature in this recipe. If you forget, just place them in a bath of hot water for 10-15 minutes. 

**Can be omitted for a dairy-free option. This is also a gluten-free treat!

Place the chocolate chips in the blender. Pulse several times to cut down the size of the chocolate chips to allow for easier melting. Add eggs, vanilla, and salt. Turn on the blender and allow to mix for a minute or so.


Remove inner cap of the blender lid and pour coffee through in a steady stream. It is extremely important that the coffee is VERY HOT. I brewed a cup and threw it into the microwave for a minute to ensure the hottest temperature. This step is crucial as it will melt the chocolate and help 'cook' the eggs. 

Place the inner section back onto the lid and blend mixture for about 3 minutes until smooth and creamy.


Pour mixture into small cups or dishes. Place on a tray and refrigerate them for 2 to 3 hours, or until firm.

Whip the cream with the sugar and place or pipe a dollop onto the top of each dessert.

Yield: About 6-8 servings. 

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