Friday, December 4, 2009

Mickey Mouse Chips

Isn't it annoying that it's sometimes cheaper to buy a larger bag of tortillas than a smaller bag? It makes me sad to throw away a good bag of tortillas, so what do I make without buying more ingredients? Mickey Mouse chips!

Instead of frying up regular triangular chips, I added a Mickey touch. It brought me back to the days when Disneyland would sell Mickey Mouse shaped chips. (I think it was usually for the kid's meal; that's how long ago it was!)

Anyway, I purchased 3 Mickey cookie cutters when I visited Tokyo Disneyland 2.5 years ago. I have yet to find a great rolled sugar dough cookie recipe, so these cutters had never seen any dough action.

I highly recommend using metal cookie cutters instead of plastic ones. Metal ones just CUT through the tortilla faster and cleaner than plastic.

Trader Joe's Creme Brulee (4 Pack)

After several trips to Trader Joe's I finally caved and bought the Trader Joe's Creme Brulee (4 Pack). At $4.99 (no tax), it's a pretty good deal because if you think of the time it would take to make and cost of ingredients, this is a less inexpensive route.

To defrost, either leave them out on the counter for 1 hour OR leave them in the refrigerator for 3 hours. I left mine (just 1) on the counter for an hour and came back to a very glossy, rich, and smooth tasting dessert. This creme brulee does not have the cracked, sugary topping that traditional/fresh made ones do though. I really don't know what the brown spot on top is about.

Anyway, what makes this creme brulee different is the edible chocolate container it comes in. I felt it was a bit too rich to eat the chocolate and the creme brulee at the same time (in the same bite), so I alternated chocolate and creme.

While you can't beat fresh made creme brulee, this one wasn't that bad! I'd give it 3.5 stars out of 5.