Happy super dreary Saturday morning guys! Is it just me or has it not been sunny at all recently? It's cold too, which is just the worst because IT'S ALMOST APRIL. When I think April, I expect Spring and flowers and trees and that Mozart-y feel (disappointed every year). Not this foggy pseudo-cold but not really thaaat cold but kind of cold day.
I've gone back to drinking Starbucks (bad!) but that's kicking my stupid Blue State habit (which is even worse) so I guess it's a good thing. Dare I say that March/April is turning out to be even more stressful than January/February? All I can think about is what school to go to next year because god forbid I pick wrong and ruin my future forever. There's pressure coming from all sides and so much noise that it's just impossible to think straight about it. And then you know I'm terrible at dealing with choices so I spend an hour mulling over whether to buy a cookie from Panera or not to make myself better. This is how bad habits start, because I've gotten cookies 3 days in a row...whoops.
You know it's a bad sign for your waistline when you wake up with a sugar craving (see, bad habits!) and a giant bottle of whole milk sitting in the fridge that you originally bought to make ricotta. Because then you do stupid things, like think about what you can make instead of ricotta. And then you come up with things that are deliciously bad for you, like dulce de leche. And because it's Saturday, and you have no work, and you really need something sweet, dulce de leche starts to really sound like a good idea. And it's an extra great idea because it takes some time, which takes your mind off of all the decisions you have to make in your life.
And then you make pancakes to go with it. Thick fluffy pancakes. It's a slippery slope.
Dulce de Leche
What you need:
- 1 qt whole milk
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp warm water
How to do it:
- In a large heavy pot, bring milk up to a simmer on medium heat.
- Add white sugar and vanilla. Stir until it dissolves completely.
- Dissolve baking soda in warm water. Very slowly add the mixture into the milk - don't do this too quickly or it will foam up and boil over.
- Turn the heat down to medium low and let the milk cook. Check back once in a while to give it a stir and make sure the milk isn't burning.
- After an hour, the milk should have turned a nice caramel brown. At this point, you should stir constantly.
- When it has reached your desired thickness, you can sift it to smooth it out. I didn't bother.
- Serve on top of EVERYTHING or store in airtight jars for up to two weeks.