4.27.2012

Crème Brûlée



Are you making dessert for Valentine's Day this weekend? Oh wait, Valentine's Day came and left. See? I can't think of more excuses to make this decadent dessert. 



Crème brûlée was the reason why I didn't get to taste new things in French restaurants until I learned how to make it myself. 



Crème brûlée is not a simple custard with burnt sugar on top, it's way more than that. Just imagine a velvety custard perfumed with vanilla bean, contrasting with a layer of hard caramel. And how about that crackling sound that comes from breaking the caramel with the spoon? 
Those are the exact reasons why I fell in love with this dessert.



The addition of fresh fruit and mint is a plus. Not only does it make this dessert beautiful but also adds lots of flavors and additional texture.






Ingredients:

2 cups heavy cream
5 eggs yolks
1 vanilla pod, split and scraped
zest of one lemon
1/3 cup sugar plus more
for finishing

Preheat the oven to 300 F. Place the half of the sugar, heavy cream and vanilla pod in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Meanwhile, combine the rest of the sugar, egg yolks and lemon zest in a mixing bowl and whisk until the mixture is pale yellow. Temper the hot cream in to the egg mixture, be careful not to scramble the eggs, do it slowly and whisking constantly, whisk until well combine.  Ladle into ramekins and place in a roasting pan, add enough boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the dishes. Bake for  Bake for 40 minutes or until the mixture is set, the center should still jiggles slightly when shaken. Let them come to room temperature then refrigerate them for a couple of hours. When ready to serve, Sprinkle the top with sugar and caramelize using a blowtorch. Top with fresh fruit and mint.


16 comments:

  1. This looks really good!!

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  2. This looks truly delicious, beautiful photos too.

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  3. The most beautiful creme brûlée I've ever seen!

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  4. I agree with Lori - this is beautiful! Wow. Creme brulee is my favorite.

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  5. I could eat creme brulee everyday, but I guess that could be a problem;) Somehow I've never made it myself, so you are inspiring me to give it a try.
    The fresh mint is a nice addition:)

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    1. Thank you Erin! I know right, I wish it was calories free :D

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  6. I love creme brulee and this looks very decadent and delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. this looks fabulous!! how many servings does this make?

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    1. Thank you Melissa! Depends on the ramekins size. I got 6- 1/2 cup servings.

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  8. These look incredible...I love creme brulee!

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