Southern Hamburger Steaks: Homage to My Granny

It’s rainy and cold today, the complete opposite of the beautiful sunny and warm temperatures we were blessed with yesterday. There is nothing that I can think of that would be better right now than a plate of my Granny’s hamburger and gravy. I was hankering for a taste of nostalgia a few days ago when I ran across the Southern Hamburger Steaks with Onion Mushroom Gravy Pin on Pinterest. I gravitated to this recipe because of one of it’s ingredients…something unexpected. Bacon. I was hooked. I’m certain my Granny didn’t have bacon in her burgers but I knew if she were alive, she would appreciate the upgrade. Oh and it also has mushrooms too. I’m not a big fan of mushrooms but I do like them sometimes, it just depends on what it’s accompanying and how it’s cooked. While I’m certain the mushrooms would have been a delicious addition to this meal; I didn’t have any and I wasn’t about to slow myself down for mushrooms considering again that I’m not a big fan. I did have bacon. That worked for me.

The recipe was pretty straightforward – cooked and chopped bacon, ground beef, garlic powder, mushrooms, onions, egg, beef broth, gravy master, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, flour, seasoning salt, olive oil, bread crumbs and water. I didn’t have bread crumbs so I used crushed crackers instead and it worked like a charm.

The ingredients before hand mixing.

This is a recipe that will require you to get your hands dirty so be prepared to get real up close and personal with your ingredient. The first thing I did was cook the bacon. I pan-fried it so that I could crumble it into the meat. Once the bacon was cooling I mixed together the ground beef, crushed crackers, diced onion, egg and seasonings. Aside from the seasonings used in the recipe I also added some smoked paprika because I love smoked paprika. Once I mixed it all together I added the bacon crumbles last before forming the meat into 8 hamburger steaks/patties.

The formed hamburger patties dipped into a flour coating.

The next step was ingenious to me – coat both sides of the hamburger patties in flour. I also added some seasoning salt and black pepper to the flour mixture before covering the hamburger patties. Next the olive oil was heated on medium-high heat to pan fry the hamburgers brown on each side.

The sliced onions carmelizing in the pan drippings.

Once the burgers were brown the patties were set aside while the sliced onions were cooked in the pan drippings with a tablespoon of water. Afterwards the recipe instructs you to mix the beef broth, water, flour, seasoning salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and gravy master until well combined. This will then be poured into the skillet with the onions and stirred until it thickens. Once the gravy begins to bubble the hamburger patties are returned back to the pan to cook on each side for a few minutes. I allowed mine to simmer over a low heat while I prepared the white rice and sautéed spinach that I served with it.

Finished Product: Southern Hamburgers Steaks with Onions

Two simple bags of white rice were fluffed with a pat of butter and black pepper. The bag of pre-washed spinach was sautéed in bacon fat for a few minutes before I topped it with the bacon crumbles,  a splash of apple cider vinegar and a dash of salt and pepper. My mouth was watering ridiculously by the time I assembled our plates for dinner. The kids don’t have an appreciation for Classics so they definitely weren’t getting any of this.

This Southern Hamburger recipe was fantastic! There was so much flavor packed into the gravy and the patties. I savored each bite delectably enjoying the next bite more than the last one until it was all gone. This meal was a home run, a touchdown, a victory; yes it was a success. My Granny would have approved and enjoyed this meal too. So I’m giving this recipe a huge thumbs up. I will definitely be cooking this recipe again, the next time I will be sure to get the mushrooms. My husband loves mushrooms so I know he will definitely enjoy it more.

What’s a meal that brings great memories for you? There are a couple of other meals that stand out in my mind that remind me of my childhood instantly – pork chops and applesauce and I can’t forget..spaghetti. I don’t know any kid that doesn’t like spaghetti. My kids love spaghetti. Matter-of-fact that should be coming up on our meal rotation soon. I’m looking forward to hearing what meals bring  back a sense of home for you. Praying your Saturday is all that you want it to be.

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing,

A Very Pleasant Mom…Tameka








Debunking the Recipe: Rainbow Pop Tarts


Rainbow Pop Tarts Courtesy of

This post is so late but that’s the way the cookie crumbles when you have 3 sick kids at home battling the flu…so I’ll keep this short because MomLife calls. Even though I’m posting this today I actually made the Rainbow Pop Tarts turned Galaxy Pop Tarts on Tuesday morning. At that point I only had 1 sick child at home and he didn’t even get to actually taste it until the following day when he could stomach eating and keeping down solid foods. This was about a two-day process for me overall. If you didn’t know I’m not the most confident or comfortable baker but I’m learning and getting better all the time. I made the dough the first day. Then I cut them out and prepared them the following day.

Mind you this was the second Pop Tart recipe that I’ve seen on Pinterest that piqued my interest. I have a Brown Sugar Pop Tart pin that I’ve been dying to try as Kroger Brown Sugar Breakfast Tarts are a norm around my house in the mornings. We switch it up often with things like muffins, waffles, or those grand mornings that I make mountains of pancakes and sausage links. Typical mornings make the Pop Tarts grab and go, if they don’t finish them – they will bag it up and take it for their snack at school. As you can see a large portion of my grocery bill is devoted to Pop Tarts alone…Brown Sugar one’s that is. Clearly I should have made the Brown Sugar Pop Tarts first but I’m a sucker for fun colors and sprinkles just like my children.

The only thing I had to purchase to accommodate this recipe was strawberry jam. That’s always a plus. I didn’t have all of the food colorings but I made do with what I had which was red, purple, green, and blue. I made a pink food coloring by mixing red and white. The recipe I followed is a treat served up by .

The prepared dough that I sectioned into two parts.

The pop tart dough was very easy and it wasn’t intimidating. My standing mixer using my paddle attachment made blending the dough very easy. It came together as instructed as I poured the cold water into the flour and butter mixture. Don’t be afraid to use more water if you have to. The recipe calls for 1/4 – 1/2 cup cold water. I ended up using a little more to help the dough come together. I kept my speed slow on my mixer as I didn’t want to over mix the dough. Once the dough had formed into a ball I broke it into 6 sections. Opting to use the food coloring I had on hand I only had 5 colors. I decided to leave the 6th section natural because my creativity was running low on color combinations to create. Now this is where the name change comes into play.

The Galaxy Pop Tarts going into the oven.

I learned a valuable lesson in food coloring trying to create these rainbow-colored treats. The type of food coloring I had is a water based food coloring that is generally good for most projects, however gel food coloring usually have corn syrup or glycerin base allowing for a more intense color with less coloring to use. I used so much food coloring and still didn’t achieve the levels of coloring I was looking for. As you can see in the video the dough is consistently blended. My colors blended together for a galaxy color combination more so than a rainbow. I didn’t let that deter me though, as long as the dough had a good taste to it I was okay with the outcome. I should also warn you to use gloves. I did not and it look liked I butchered a whole cow and then some on the palms of my hands for at least 30 hours. It took a couple of showers and many hand washes to remove the discoloration from my hands completely. There is still some coloring under my nail bed that my purple nail polish is concealing. I’m looking forward to acquiring a collection of gel food colors that will help me achieve the colors I set out to get.

Nevertheless I forged on and followed the instructions, rolling out the dough and cutting the tarts out. I put a sizeable dollop of strawberry jam on the half side or the pocket before folding over to seal and close the ends with a fork. The recipe calls for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. I pulled mine around 15 minutes as I didn’t want them to burn. I transferred the first batch to a wired rack to cool and rolled and cut out the rest. I even got fancy and used the heart shape cookie cutter and made 3 heart shape Pop Tarts for my youngest babies. All in all I believe I ended up with almost 12 pop tarts.

The finished Galaxy Pop Tarts adorned with Stars!

The frosting was way easier to make. At first taste thought it was too much vanilla, so I added in more whipped cream and confectioner’s sugar until it was sweeter. Satisfied with the taste I spooned the glaze over each pop tart. I let the first layer cool and then I spooned a second layer of glaze over each one before finally finishing them with the rainbow sprinkles and yellow and blue sanding sugars. Finally with the finished product and no one to try it – my son was sick and couldn’t eat, I decided to jump in and take the first bite. It was good. The crust was flaky and crispy, the jam was warm, sweet with a tart bite. The glaze was the perfect touch of cream to the fruit and crust. This was no Pop Tart! This was a fruit pie! Immediately I had dreams of an adult pop tart that mimicked the Strawberry and Cream Pie that McDonald’s sells sometimes. Oh my gosh, my husband and I ate so many of those pies. It didn’t give me the nostalgic pop tart taste but it definitely was an inspired upgrade to the childhood favorite that my children love. My son Cassius loved it, Praise took a bite out of it and was not impressed. My oldest liked it. He didn’t get the pop tart vibe either but he thought it was okay. My husband took a kindhearted bite and a sweet nod. He didn’t like them either but he was too sweet to say it. I was waiting on King to confirm whether it was a hit or not.

A day and a half later he was anxious to try it. They had been in the fridge and needed warming up in the microwave. He took the bite and his smile faded. He didn’t like it. He wanted his normal Brown Sugar Pop Tarts. I was crushed slightly. I had high hopes for the Rainbow turned Galaxy Pop Tarts. I know I ate like 6 of them in total so they definitely didn’t go to waste and who knows one day I may try that Brown Sugar Pop Tart Pin. Kudos to for an easy and delicious recipe!

With so many great Pins of recipes out there it’s getting harder and harder to choose the next recipe. I hope you all liked this one, it’s a pretty straight forward recipe! I liked the simpleness of the instructions and the ingredients. I still think the Pop Tart had great fruit flavor like a delicious Fruit Pie so don’t hesitate to give this recipe a try! It has been debunked!!!

Stay Healthy, Stay Safe and Stay Blessed,

A Very Pleasant Mom of 4






Super Bowl LII: A Truly Super Win

It’s estimated that over 100 million people tuned in to watch Super Bowl 52 on Sunday, February 5th including my family. While none of our teams were actually playing (Dad’s team is Buffalo Bills, mine is undecided till next season, Fred 5’s somehow became the Patriots after dropping the Redskins/”Deadskins”, Cassius rocks with Dad, King rocks with me and well Praise is not interested in football) we are still a football house who cherishes the Super Bowl and the fun and excitement it can bring no matter the teams playing.

I can’t forget that the Super Bowl is special for me and my husband for our own reason too. Many a Super Bowl ago (at least 13 bowls ago) I made the best darn burritos ever because that day my then boyfriend proposed to me. Initially I didn’t take him seriously but yes the burritos were that delicious and he was serious. Eventually we did marry and ever since we have been using Super Bowl Sunday to celebrate the undying love that we have for each other. So it’s important to me that he can relax and enjoy the big game comfortably with all the fixings and the greatest of them all, love.

I thought that inspiration would be lacking when it came to my Super Bowl planning considering neither of the teams were ours. I was pleasantly surprised to find many great meal ideas that made the cut for our Super Bowl Party on my favorite app in the world right now Pinterest.

My final Super Bowl menu was :


New England Lobster Rolls vs. Philadelphia Cheesesteaks

New England Lobster Rolls vs Philadelphia Cheesesteak

Pizza Pull Apart Bread & Meatball Sliders                                                                            photogrid_1517943387070-1900424510.jpg

Chicken Nuggets & Tater Tots

Fiesta Chorizo Queso & Tortilla, Doritos and Plain Lays Chips

Epic Dry Rubbed Wings & Vegetable Tray

Candied Grapes & Strawberries                photogrid_1517943638048363673090.jpg

Peach Cobbler with Cream Cheese

Store Brought Cupcakes

With the menu laid out I set out Sunday morning to acquire the ingredients I didn’t have on hand and to pick up my Infladium. Even though I lay everything out nicely I still try to do so on a budget and we’re never sure whether we’re celebrating with company or alone. Just the household alone is still 7 people so I always try to make sure that it’s enough food for us and that it may be enough leftover for lunch or dinner the following day. Before I could get the food I had to make it to Party City by 10am to attempt to obtain one of the 2 Infladiums Party City’s website reported to still have in stock not so close to my home. Because I wasn’t sure how big I was going this year I waited too late and was disappointed that there were no more Infladiums in stock even though I was the second customer in the store when it opened. The fact of the matter is that they barely had anything left Super Bowl related. Luckily the remaining items were marked down 50% but the pickings were slim. So I grabbed a fitted football field table cover for my table and 2 Snack Stadiums and some football and flag party picks. I had also picked up a few things from Dollar Tree to add to my decorations nicely. Satisfied with those things and some items I knew I had at home I could finally start food shopping.

The Lord was working in my favor because when I walked into Kroger it was so busy they didn’t even have any shopping carts available but I had a calmness in my soul that took me straight to the Seafood Counter where there was surprisingly no one in line. My God he really loved me – the lobster tails that I needed were on sale for $5 a pop. Thank you Jesus I smiled as I ordered my six. As soon as he began bagging them the line began to form behind me rapidly. Still with no cart in hand I decided to at least try to find the ribeye steaks that I needed for the cheesesteaks. My menu didn’t exist without these two items and so far I was doing pretty good. Again I was pleasantly surprised to find the ribeye steaks that I needed marked down. The items that sold out completely were the regular Philadelphia cream cheese but I was feeling so good I had already grabbed a shopping cart and decided to use 1/3 less fat Philadelphia Cream cheese, it still had to taste better than generic cream cheese which could be awful.

I did have to obtain a few more items from Wal-Mart that I either forgot or Kroger didn’t have but I was cooking by 2ish and feeling good about how everything was coming together. Even though the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl, the New England Lobster Roll won in my house. They were absolutely delicious and now my husband’s favorite meal. The rolls were toasty and buttery filled with the lobster salad. I used the recommendation of fellow Pinners and added Old Bay seasoning to the mixture of mayo, lemon and what not. I didn’t have any sriracha as the recipe called for so I opted to swap it for Louisiana hot sauce. It was good! (Disclaimer – it was still good the next day after re-heating). Even though the Lobster Roll was the clear winner for us both, the cheesesteak was still very tasty in its own right. For that I went the old school route and used finely cut ribeye, sliced baby bella mushrooms, onions and green peppers. I used season salt and black pepper liberally to flavor it all. No cheese whiz for us, I found a nice smoked provolone thinly sliced. I also decided against melting the cheese in the pan over the meat and placed the cheese on the inside of the hoagie roll. I did keep with the recipe’s instructions and roll the sandwiches tightly in foil and put them in the oven for 10 minutes on a low setting. The steak was tender and flavorful – it was a great steak and cheese.

The next winner of the night was definitely unexpected – the Candied Grapes were a huge hit with everyone. Who knew that covering grapes in jello would give them a great texture and taste? I grabbed the Jolly Rancher Watermelon flavor and was delighted with the results. Those were gobbled up quickly. It also inspired me to cover other fruits in jello too in the future. The queso dip is always a hit, I make a version similar to the Fiesta Chorizo Queso with ground sausage or breakfast sausage.

The losers of the night in my eyes were the Pizza Pull Apart Bread and the Epic Dry Rubbed Wings. I had done my research and read the comments on both recipes and tried to modify them to prevent certain aforementioned issues. I added pizza sauce to the blend of dough, mozzarella, olive oil and pepperoni to give it more flavor and moisture or so I thought. 2 of 4 kids loved the pizza bread, me not so much. The chicken wings which are a favorite of ours were a little lackluster. The recipe directed to only use 1/3 of the dry rub to coat the wings to get full flavor but I used more than half and they were still lacking the color the wings in the picture boasted but they also lacked flavor. I even sprinkled the dry rub over the wings post cooking to add more seasonings to it and they still were light in the flavor department. The hidden jewel of the game was the Peach Cobbler. This cobbler came as no easy feat because once again I failed to read the instructions completely so I goofed right at the beginning  of the process when I forgot to add in softened butter to the yellow cake mix and egg. So I added another egg when the cake mix didn’t get crumbly – the additional egg made it goopy and by the time I added the forgotten butter it was like cookie dough. Still I forged ahead and pressed the cake dough in the bottom of the sprayed baking dish and baked it for 15 minutes. Now I had a new problem – half of the remaining cake crumble mix was supposed to go on top of the peaches and I didn’t reserve it to the side as it all got gooey. Now I had to make a cobbler batter to pour over the canned peaches that I had tossed in cinnamon and the cream cheese and sugar mixture that covered the peaches. Pinterest to the rescue, I found a different peach cobbler recipe that employed all the ingredients I had on hand. I poured the cobbler batter over the pan and returned it to the oven for 40 more minutes.

There was so much food that I had absolutely no more space to even try the peach cobbler on Super Bowl Sunday. This was the hidden gem because when I tasted it the next day it was refreshingly delicious. My husband had said it was good but it was a real understated good. When I tasted it my taste buds were awakened with flavor and delight. Even the gooey cake crust had held up well and was actually cake-like crust rather than a pie crust. I could have pulled it probably 5 – 7 minutes sooner as the bottom was brown but not burnt.  When I approached my husband the day I tasted it and told him that I thought it was great he just looked at me like I was crazy and reminded me that he too had said the same thing the previous night. I reminded him that he didn’t really say that much about the cobbler but then again he reminded me that he was so flavor rocked from all the delicious foods that it just didn’t stand out amongst all the praise. Point made.

Everything about Super Bowl 52 was great. Even with the small snafus that arose everything was absolutely incredible. I didn’t get my Infladium but I only had space to use 1 of the 2 Snack Stadiums I purchased from Party City. Even the little touches like the field goals that we made out of yellow popsicle sticks and styrofoam cups were cute. The kids even made their own paper footballs. Normally the kids do their own thing while my husband and I watch the game together, this year I required all of our kids to watch the game together with us, even little Miss Praise. There aren’t a lot of times where we can all sit down together at one time and do anything, Super Bowl Sunday 52 did that for us and allowed us to watch a great victory on behalf of the Eagles and a valiant attempt to the very end for the Patriots. The food was delicious – the company was great. It was certainly a Pleasant night and one that we will remember for many years to come. We continued one of many family traditions and were blessed in so many ways as a result. I can’t even imagine what we’ll be eating and who we will be watching for next year Super Bowl? Or better yet where? Maybe at the Super Bowl? You never know. That’s the pleasant thing about life. If you stay in the game, you never know what the outcome will be and how it will change your life – win or lose.

Thanks for stopping by. If you’d like to try out the recipes I used for my Super Bowl Party check me out on Pinterest – Pleasants Personal & Professional Solutions, LLC. My “She Tried It” Board are all the recent pins that I’ve tried. I try to include good descriptions and photos. Did your family watch the Super Bowl this year? What traditions did you all have? Feel free to share your ideas with me as we all wait patiently together for the 2018 NFL Football season.

Peace and Blessings,

Future Chef Mek

Infladium and Snack Stadium available at Party City

My Favorite App Right Now – Pinterest

Place I Spend Way Too Much Time at – Kroger

Second Place I Spend Too Much Time At – Wal-Mart








Debunking the Recipe: Magic Custard Cake

photogrid_15176351402271643825378.jpg     I was feeling good about my last post on “Debunking” the Hasselback Puff Fried Chicken recipe even though the results went in another direction. I was definitely disappointed that I wasn’t able to achieve the blossom effect of the chicken but I shall attempt the chicken tender blossom again one day. Yet it was time to move on to the next recipe and I was looking for a good follow-up recipe to debunk.

Mind you this whole debunking idea fell out of the sky into my lap. How many times have you tried a recipe to have it go horribly wrong? That’s happened to me more than I care to admit costing me a lot of frustrations, wasted money and food. If it’s one thing I hate…it’s waste. I don’t like seeing anything get wasted much less time, food or money  – all very precious commodities needed to rear a growing family. So I thought how awesome would it be to have someone available (namely me) who could try out these questionable recipes and confirm whether it’s the recipe, ingredients or user error? There are times when these recipes are misleading or just flat-out wrong in their attempt to instruct us. My goal is to offer valuable information or tips to help the recipe come together or salvage a potential disaster by improvising confidently in the kitchen.

Imagine my surprise when I was doing one of my favorite pastimes…you already know I was on Pinterest…when I found the Magic Custard Cake recipe. When do I have all of this time to browse Pinterest? It’s called multi-tasking. I found this recipe while I was chilling on the couch with my oldest son and my hubby while they were playing against each other on NBA 2018. The other 3 bambinos were fast asleep as it was past their bedtime. So again I was multi-tasking and initially when I looked at the recipe I wasn’t sold on it. I moved on still looking for the perfect follow – up to the hasselback puff fried chicken and somehow I doubled back the the recipe coments. There were a lot of mixed results in the comments. Some people reported having a good final result that was similar to the picture. Others flat out failed at the attempt. There were lots of commenters who also thought the cake lacked general flavor. I was intrigued. Upon review of the ingredients – all items I normally have on stock I decided it might be worth the try. What grabbed me was the fact that this recipe required separating eggs and whipping egg whites into peaks – all that seemed possibly challenging. Separating eggs is not that complicated but it does require a certain amount of patience if you’re not very comfortable handling raw eggs. Thankfully they sell gadgets that will make separating eggs easy if you want to make your life super simple. The whipping of the eggs was something that I didn’t do often in the kitchen. I’ve never made a meringue of any sort. We don’t eat a lot of casseroles or souffles for that matter. So as I ramp up my skills and experience I wanted to master whipping egg whites.

I’m a much more confident and comfortable cook and future chef these days. I live in the kitchen and I love to cook. I wasn’t always confident or comfortable enough to try new foods and new techniques. All I want to do is learn more and grow. The dream is to get to culinary school and I’ll be back on track with that soon. In the meantime I’ve enjoyed learning through the many videos, recipes and books that I’ve read. Let’s not forget the countless episodes of “Chopped”, cooking shows on the Food Network, “Top Chef”…I could go on and on. Still I’m proud of the transition that I have made in my skill level and drive and passion for food and cooking. Always trying to help out when I can, this “Debunking the Recipe” series is homage to the old Tameka who struggled to find confidence in cooking and needed a little help or guidance a long the way and all of the gracious and patient cooks who served me some grace with their tips, suggestions or guidance. One of those people was my grandmother, Viola who would always be willing to share what she knew to help me. I can’t remember how many times I asked her about a cooking flop I was experiencing and she would always tell me what to do differently to get the result I was looking for. She would love this series. (RIP Granny)

I’m happy to report that this recipe went very well. I did have to make a trip to the store for unsalted butter since I unknowingly had run out of it. I had margarine but I couldn’t deviate from the recipe – the result could definitely be skewed. Since I had to make a trip for the unsalted butter I decided to purchase a disposable pan – one less dish to make. The recipe called for an 8 x 8 pan but I opted for the 7 x 7 square aluminum pan because all the other pans were too large. (In hindsight – this recipe makes enough for a 9 x 13 because I ended up with 2 of the 7 x 7) Once I had all the items necessary I returned to my kitchen/lab to debunk how magical this custard cake is. I prepped for this by allowing the unsalted butter to melt in a glass measuring cup atop the oven while it was pre-heating. I also measured the milk and allowed that to warm atop the oven. A good tip I’ve since read about whipping eggs would have you use room temperature eggs as it is a better temperature for whipping.

Next I sprayed my aluminum pan with baking spray and began to separate my eggs. By this time I had gotten the attention of Cassius my youngest son who wanted to help with the Magic Custard Cake. He questioned what custard was but decided that it looked interesting enough. After separating my eggs I used my electric mixer to whip the egg whites on a medium speed. It took roughly 12 minutes to get the stiff peak the recipe called for. During the 12 minute whip window we moved on to Step 4 that involves beating the egg yolks and powdered sugar together. I opted to hand whip this since my electric mixer was in use and I really hate using tons of dishes so I didn’t bother pulling out the hand mixer. Whisk in hand I took on the egg yolks and powdered sugar that crumbled and clumped together in my whisk wires. It looked dry. During the egg separating some of the yolk may have been lost in process so I cracked another egg, separated it and add the yolk. I removed the contents from the wires and started to whisk again this time creating a smooth like paste almost batter. Things continued to go well through Steps 5-7 when you’re incorporating the melted butter, water, flour, milk and vanilla extract. It was at Step 8 that I flubbed my good streak and dumped more than 1/3 of the egg whites into the flour mixture. After I realized I poured too much I began using my spatula to fold in the egg whites quickly. The batter now had a bubbly airy look to it. I folded in the last of the egg whites in halves and was satisfied with the shiny batter that reflected in the bowl. I then poured the batter into the pan, realized I had too much batter and sprayed another pan quickly to bake the remainder. I put the cake pan in the oven directly on the rack – no tray required and set the time for 40 minutes. I then threatened children with bodily harm if they even dreamed about running anywhere in the house till my cake finished. Time went by kind of fast because before I knew it I was breaking my own rule and running down the steps to save it from the oven.

Eager eyes awaited as I sat the hot cake on the counter top and placed the second cake in the oven. It was just their luck that this cake needed to be completely cooled before it was dusted with powdered sugar. I went back to what I was doing and almost forgot about the cake until the timer for the second cake went off. It still needed more time so I had convinced the helpers that they may have to wait till the next day to try it. About an hour after that I remembered some gummy bears in my cabinet and went to retrieve them and was reminded of the cooled cake. I grabbed my powdered sugar and sifter and began sifting powdered sugar atop the cake covering it completely. I then cut it into 9 cute squares. I removed it from the pan and it looked good. I thought I achieved the custard and cake layers superbly. I tasted it and it was okay. The custard consistency was dead on. I could taste the vanilla. The top layer had a small bite to it underneath the powdered sugar but it was a very underwhelming dessert overall. My husband liked it. He usually hates stuff like that but he thought it was refreshingly light. He was drawn to the bread pudding like effect it gave him. He suggested adding raisins on top in the future. Duly noted. In an instant my middle son King had appeared from out of nowhere with a smile on his face the size of Texas. He got his slice which he devoured and claimed to like. The real test will be when I offer him a piece the next day. He will either accept it quickly or he will reluctantly accept it – the latter meaning he didn’t like it last night.


Next on deck to try the Magic Custard Cake was my oldest son, Fredo – on first taste – the face he made said it all. He got the disclaimer, “you can throw it away”. And he did. He still said it wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t his thing. Thirteen year olds right? I know. My helpers didn’t outlast the cooling of the cakes and had fell asleep watching television on the couch. I gave them their respective slices today once they realized they had missed out on the late night cake tasting. Cassius was not a fan and would only taste a corner of what was on his fork. Praise took two bites and resorted to saving the rest for later. Me, I’m about to try another piece that has completely chilled and set. It’s good. It’s very light. It has a delicate vanilla flavor. I could taste the textures of the three distinctive layers with this cake. The bottom is more of a skin like crust – the middle is the custard – and the top is the cake layer. In my mind this recipe would benefit from some white chocolate perhaps or maybe even raisins.

All in all I am delighted with the results and even more delighted that I gave this a second taste today. I think the recipe was easy to read and follow – and it garnered a great result based on the picture and instructions. Cooks that attempt this recipe should ensure eggs are whipped long enough to achieve the same result. Also keep in mind environmental conditions like altitudes and things that could slightly skew results. Otherwise Pleasant Cooking!!!




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