I'M PREGNANT!!! : )
As of today, I'm 6 weeks and 5 days along with a due date of August 14th. I'll be delivering on August 8th though (I've had 2 c-sections before and am no longer a candidate for VBAC). We are very, very, very excited to welcome our 3rd child into the family!
And yes, I'm going to be able to continue eating the way I have been, being mindful of hunger and signs that my body may need something more. But my healthy eating habits (minus this past week... ugh!) will make the baby happy and give him/her lots of nutrients to grow health and strong. And it will help keep my feeling the best I can. My last two pregnancies I ate whatever, whenever... No holds barred. Mighty Taco at 1am? SURE! (Buffalonians know what I mean : ) ) Ice cream for breakfast? Why not, I'm prego! Well not this time. I've got a plan!
Now for my second surprise... This one's not terribly off the mark for what I usually give you, but it is the completely unleashed dessert (unleashed meaning I did nothing to make it healthier) that I'm serving for our family's Feliz Navidad style dinner- Mexican! So I give you, Pastel Imposible!
Pastel Imposible (ChocoFlan)(This recipe is adapted from an AllRecipes.com formula as suggested by a reader from Southern Mexico. The original was a straight flan, she suggested adding the chocolate cake to make what is know there as Pastel Imposible--Impossible Cake)
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 box cake mix prepared, or your favorite chocolate cake recipe prepared
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt sugar until liquified and golden in color. (If you have never cooked sugar this way using the wet method is easier and more controlled; see the video at the bottom of the recipe for how-to instructions). Carefully pour hot syrup into a 9 inch round glass baking dish, turning the dish to evenly coat the bottom and sides. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat eggs. Beat in condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla until smooth. Pour egg mixture into baking dish.
- Prepare your chocolate cake mix and lay it gentle over the surface of the egg mix. If you touch your spoon or spatula to the edge before dragging the cake batter over it will form a nicer blanket, making it easier to fully cover the egg mixture. It's important to completely cover the surface and touch the edges of the dish for a uniform and even piece of cake on the bottom.
- Bake in preheated oven 60 minutes set in a hot water bath (similar to baking a cheesecake). Let cool completely.
- To serve, carefully invert on serving plate with edges when completely cool.