Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Creme Brulee!

This recipe is handy for using up leftover whipping cream from making cakes! It is a delicious dessert on its own too ;P The leftover egg whites may then be used for meringues, or low-fat omelets. This time, I'm going to try making macarons with my leftover whites...wish me luck!

Note: YOU NEED A CREME BRULEE TORCH TO MAKE CREME BRULEE. They are also called butane torch, or kitchen torch, or whatever. But you need one. Some recipes say you can put the creme brulee in a dish of ice or ice water and place it under a boiler. THESE ARE LIES. The ice water melts and the creme gets warm and the sugar doesn't brulee and it is a huge mess. Don't do it. Get a torch.

Method for Creme Brulee:
Heat large pot of water
Preheat oven to 300
Prepare 4-5 ramekins in large baking dish with deep sides (like a bar pan)

Heat 1 cup heavy cream + 2 T. sugar to bubbles at edge, cool slightly

Beat 2 egg yolks [3 for firmer creme if you're using deep ramekins] w/ vanilla 'til light-coloured and smooth

Pour small amount heated cream into eggs, beat 'til smooth. Gradually add remaining cream, stirring to incorporate.

Pour through sieve into ramekins. Place dish in oven, pour in hot water to halfway up side of ramekin.

Bake 20-30 min. 'til center doesn't jiggle.

Cool. When room temp, cover with cling-wrap and chill thoroughly

For creme brulee sugar:
1 part vanilla sugar to 1 part brown sugar toasted at low temp 10 min. [temp yet to be perfected]
Alternatively, 2 parts white (or vanilla) sugar to 1 part brown sugar. Use more white sugar if using dark brown sugar; however, the product tends to be more 'sticky' and forms globs when torched. Some people like this.

To Serve:
Sprinkle even coating of sugar over creme brulee; torch.
Serve immediately


  1. I am jealous! I want to make macarons!!! :(

    Creme brulee looks so yummy though :p I wish I could make that too!

  2. Maybe I'll get you a creme brulee set for Christmas! They're only like...20 bucks, and it comes with ramekins and torch and everything! :x