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Challenge #16: Julia Child’s Cinnamon Toast Flan

17 Aug

Julia Child, the American queen of French cooking, would have been 100 on Aug. 15. In honor of her birthday, I declare a French-themed baking challenge.

A while back, I checked out “Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom,” one of her last, and I would say most accessible to the everyday chef, cookbooks. It’s full of simple recipes, explanations of French terminology and instructions for how to perfect the basic French techniques.

Tucked away in the chapter on “Breads, Crepes, and Tarts” is Cinnamon Toast Flan–A Bread Pudding. I wanted to do something different than just the standard cake or crepes, and this seemed like just the thing. I may try cutting the recipe in half, because I definitely do not have 6 to 8 people to serve, or maybe it’ll be a good excuse to entertain. We’ll see. A caveat, it takes a lot of eggs (10 total), but surprisingly not that much butter.

I’ll leave you with two awesome things I learned (or was reminded of ) about Julia this week.

1) The woman liked Goldfish.

2) If you’re fan enough, you can even visit her kitchen at the Smithsonian in D.C. (Chris, we are definitely going here when Hannah and I visit).

I’m excited to see how this turns out. Bon appetit!