By: Paris Brown/ NNPA Newswire Contributor Hello and welcome back to the bake!! Today I have a really fun and simple bake to show you. Since it’s officially the fall season and the weather is cooling down, it’s the perfect time for picnics without burning in the sun. So, I came up with the ideal picnic treat- edible taste testers! These spoon-shaped pastries are perfect for dipping in jam or custard (both of which I’ll show you how to make.) The flaky, buttery pastry pairs extraordinarily well with the tart but sweet jam. The smooth and creamy custard is also a perfect pair for the crispy pastry. And the best thing about this recipe is that it’s so simple! Personally, jam is one of my favorite things to make, so I thought I’d share. So, if you have some time to spare, try my recipe. Have a blissful bake! Ingredients: 1 pack premade pie crust 1 egg beaten plus 1 tbsp water 2 tbsp sugar Jam: 2 cups berries of choice (I used raspberries, cherries, and blackberries) ½ cup white sugar Juice of 1 lemon Custard: 2 cups milk 1 tsp butter 1 tbsp vanilla 2 egg yolks ½ cup white sugar 2 tbsp cornstarch Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F 2. Roll out your pie crust, then lay down a spoon on top. Trace the spoon and cut it out. Place on a prepared baking tray. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle sugar on top. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden. Be careful; they burn very quickly. 3. To a medium saucepan, add berries, lemon juice, and sugar. Place over medium heat until it comes to a boil, stirring occasionally. Place on low until it starts to thicken. Move to another bowl to cool. 4. In a saucepan, cook and stir milk, butter, and vanilla over medium heat until simmering. Make sure to remove it from heat before it comes to a boil. 5. Whisk egg yolks, sugar, and cornstarch together until thoroughly combined. 6. Put the milk mixture on low heat and slowly add the […]
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By: Paris Brown, NNPA Newswire Contributor Hello fellow bakers, and welcome back to The Bake! Today I am taking a breakfast favorite to the next level. My brioche French toast with a whipped ricotta passion fruit topping is a cool twist to a classic. Social media posts and the ricotta toast trend that is currently going around heavily inspired me. So, I decided to try it myself. The creaminess of the ricotta and the tartness of the passion fruit is an unlikely but powerful combo. But, since it is summer, I wanted some fun fruit flavors incorporated, and passion fruit seemed perfect! And man was that a good idea! I decided to use my homemade brioche recipe for this recipe, but you can buy a loaf at the store, and it will be just as good. If you want to check out my recipe, you can find it here: (link to homemade brioche). Ingredients: 15 oz fresh ricotta 5 tbsp sugar 1/4 cup passion fruit pulp/juice 1 loaf brioche bread 2 cups milk 3 eggs 1/4 cup sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 tbsp Optional: 1 tsp chopped fresh mint Instructions: 1. In a large mixer, add ricotta, 5 tbsp sugar, and passion fruit. Whip for 5-8 minutes or until smooth. 2. In a separate bowl, mix milk, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Cut brioche into pieces on the thicker side. 3. Heat a nonstick pan on medium heat and grease with butter. Dip the pieces of bread in the milk mixture on each side and cook on the pan until each side is golden. 4. Top with ricotta topping and mint. 5. Enjoy!
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October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com
As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.
Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.