Hard candy top with a silky creamy interior, Creme Brulee is still a beloved classic and lovely dessert.
I am very excited for today is my first entry with a blogging group I just joined, Barefoot Bloggers. It is a blog for fans of Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, and her recipes. There are just some chefs that get it right every time, and Ina Garten is one of them.
Now some of her recipes can be a bit rich, but they are always delicious.
So for my first test with the Barefoot Bloggers, I get to make Creme Brulee (or the proper spelling, Crème Brûlée), from Ina Garten’s cookbook: Barefoot in Paris. Now this dessert has a little history with me.
My husband is not a big dessert fan. But one of the desserts he does love, is Crème Brûlée. On the other hand, I am a HUGE dessert fan and guess what?
One of the desserts I least care for is? Drum roll, please! Yes, Crème Brûlée. Needless to say, I don’t make it often! ha! ha! My poor hubby!
Now for those of you who don’t know my man, let me preface this by saying that he’s a bit anal and a control freak. NO! Oh, don’t be shocked.
I’m sure he’s not the only engineer out there that is methodical and incredibly detailed oriented with every aspect of their lives. Cooking for him has been an interesting experience.
With every compliment, there was always something that needed a little improvement.
“This tastes great, but the texture is a little off.”
“Nice flavor, but it needs a little cinnamon.”
“Hmmm… this is interesting.” Ooooh, I hated that one. Interesting in our house means that he didn’t like it and didn’t want to say something mean. Not that he hasn’t told me he didn’t like something.
“Not one of your best dinners, Laura.”
The first time I made Creme Brulee we were newlyweds and again, I wanted to impress my man. I followed the recipe to the tea. While I was scalding the milk, I was stirring it with a rubber scraper.
I didn’t realize that the cheap scraper I was using had melted. This was pre-silicone kitchen gadgets.
I poured this toxic cream into my ramekins, baked it and only noticed a bit of stringy something hanging on the side. I added sugar, blow torched it and still pondered what that could be.
It was only late when I was washing dishes that I noticed my melted scraper. I was horrified and never made this dessert again!
Luckily, that was 10 years ago and I think I have improved my cooking skills a bit, so I was ready to try this dessert again and to wow my man.
Creme Brulee can appear to be very intimidating, but I found it to be extremely easy to make. Scalding the cream means you have to watch it and not walk away, because you don’t want it to boil and curdle.
I think the hardest part was keeping the water from the roasting pan from dripping into my full ramekins as I was placing it in the oven.
And the verdict? My man thought this was one of the best Creme Brulee he ever had. The texture was velvety and smooth. The vanilla and Grand Marnier provided excellent flavor. Even I didn’t mind eating the dessert.
Serving Suggestions: Serve alone or with fresh berries. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Serving Size: 1 dish
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 342 Total Fat: 26.8g Saturated Fat: 15.4g Cholesterol: 297mg Sodium: 236mg Carbohydrates: 20.4g Fiber: 0.0g Sugar: 20.2g Protein: 4.7g
Serving Suggestions: Serve alone or with fresh berries.
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