“I can respect a dessert that requires a blowtorch”: Project Update

by Rachel Held Evans Read Distraction Free

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Today I’m headed to Louisville, Kentucky for the W Conference to get a first-hand look at the contemporary biblical womanhood movement in action. It seems I’m not the only one interested in it. Last week The New York Times ran a piece entitled “Housewives of God” featuring some of the movement’s most successful spokeswomen.

On Tuesday I hosted a “Titus 2 Party” in which my friend Jan taught a group of us to make crème brulée. I tried to gather together a diversity of women to honor the passage’s instructions that older women are to teach younger women to “love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”  At the end of the evening we swapped recipes and marriage and parenting advice. I’ll be posting pictures onFacebook soon! 

The crème brulée was as delicious to eat as it was easy to make. And as Dan noted, “I can respect a dessert that requires a blowtorch.” Here’s the recipe: 


3 cups heavy cream
6 egg yolks
1/2 cup white sugar
pinch salt
2 Tablespoons real vanilla extract 

Preheat oven to 325 Heat cream over moderate heat un till hot. Whisk eggs yolks, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl.  Add hot cream in a slow stream, whisking constantly.  Add vanilla. Ladle into ramekins. 

Arrange ramekins in a roasting pan and add enough boiling water to pan to reach halfway up sides of ramekins.  Bake untill custards are just set, 25 to 30 minutes.  With tongs, transfer custards to a rack to cool, then refrigerate, uncovered for at least 4 hours. 

Just before serving, sprinkle with sugar.  Move blowtorch flame evenly back and forth close to sugar until sugar is caramelized.


Finally, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this fascinating Slate article about how women from the Netherlands work less, have lesser titles and a big gender pay gap...and love it. Why do you think this is?

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