1.5 cups milk
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla bean extract
Preheat oven to 190ºC. Place two 1-cup capacity ramekins into a large baking dish and set aside (if you don’t have ramekins, small jars or teacups are fine).
In a small saucepan, heat the milk until just below boiling point. Turn off the heat.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Add the hot milk in a steady stream, whisking continuously. Let the mixture stand for a couple of minutes. If any foam rises to the surface, skim it off with a spoon, then divide the mixture between your ramekins.
Make a water bath by pouring hot water into the baking dish so that it comes at least halfway up the sides of your ramekins (water from a recently boiled kettle is ideal). Carefully transfer to the oven and bake for 30-45 minutes, or until just set.
- Calcium in milk reduces stress, is extremely pro-metabolic and decreases levels of parathyroid hormone, which can play a role in insomnia.
- The added sugar - maple syrup - and salt further increase the pro-sleep effect by helping to boost T3 and body temperature, replenish liver glycogen stores and curb the release of nocturnal stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol.
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