Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie 12: Creme Brulee



Well, I know that some people have just drooled all over their keyboard just reading the title of this post. Creme brulee = heaven. I am yet to come across someone that doesn't like Creme Brulee. Even my lactose intolerant friend loves them. My mum is a massive fan, but she doesn't get to eat them often. After completing this week's recipe, I think it's safe to say that there is going to be a whole lot more Creme Brulee in my life now. I've never attempted one before- mainly because I don't own a blow torch. When it was announced that Mari of Mevrouw Cupcake had chosen Creme Brulee, I literally shuddered. I had an awful experience a couple of months ago attempting Dorie's 'Caramel topped Flan', so the very thought of another baked custard nearly sent me screaming. I admit, I was a little excited though- afterall, it could possibly turn out amazing... right? YES! Oh how wonderful it was... not a scrambled egg in sight!



Even though I was more than happy with the outcome, I did have some problems. Not having a blow torch, I opted for the 'grill' option. For those of you that are not from Australia, this is the equivalent to a broiler. Unfortunately, it just wasn't the same as the blow torch method. In order to blister them, they were under the grill for quite a while, causing the custard to liquify more than I would have liked. Also, the custard started to split a little from the intense, prolonged heat. I also couldn't get the brulee part as crispy as I would have liked either. I can only imagine how delicious these would be done with a torch.

I would love to experiment with other flavours now I have overcome my fear of baked custards (doesn't mean I'll be attempting that flan again anytime soon though). The only addition I made was to add in half a vanilla bean. The speckles just look so beautiful against the custard. The beans I buy feel and look like soft leather- not dry at all. It's quite amazing and they are full of moist beans- with an incredible scent.



Don't forget to check out Mari's blog for the recipe, or to check out the rest of the Tuesdays with Dorie gang.

20 comments:

FFichiban said...

I totally agree Creme Brulee = heaven and yours looks quite heavenly indeed!

I have wanted to make a creme brulee for a while now but I am too scared that it will fail horribly haha

Jodie said...

Looks good. Creme brulee has always been one of my fave desserts!

Engineer Baker said...

Fabulous job. Now on to different flavors and a kitchen torch, right? It's a slippery slope :)

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Yeah for vanilla flecked crème brûlée! You did a lovely job, well done!

Lori said...

yours look so good! and vanilla bean flecks always make a dish look even more beautiful.

chocolatechic said...

I had never had this before, so I didn't experiment with flavors either.

Yours looks great for being under the broiler.

Teanna said...

It looks delicious and I'm sure with your variations it will be even better!

Christine said...

My custard did the same thing under the broiler, I ended up pulling them sooner then I should have so I didn't get the caramelized effect you got. Your creme brulee looks delicious!

NQN said...

Great addition of the vanilla bean, they do look so good against the pale cream. Looks great!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

adding real vanilla bean is a must--i'm sure it was wonderful! now that you'll be making brulee at home, it's a great excuse to get a torch! :)

HoneyB said...

I am wishing I had made this - but wanted to wait until I could have the torch myself. I am glad to know that people were able to be successful without one!

pinkstripes said...

Your brulee looks perfect, no need for a torch!

Bria said...

Thanks everyone! Yes vanilla bean is a must! I only wish I added more...

Lynnylu said...

Your creme brulee looks beautiful. It's a heavenly dessert, indeed.

Jessica Eiden said...

Your last photo says it all. Great job!

LyB said...

When I saw the pictures, I was sure you'd done the brulée with a torch, great job!

Erin said...

This looks great! The topping looks so pretty!

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Well, you certainly ate it all up. Your Creme Brulee has a perfect goldy color - great job!

Jacque said...

Mine got melty under the grill/broiler also. I just stuck them back in the fridge.

Yours looks really nice though. Greak work!

Chantelle said...

I love Creme Brulee.

When you decide to get a blow torch just pop into Bunnings. They're only about $15. Or you can just heat up the back of a metal spoon on the flame from your gas stove top and rub it over the sugar.

Now I want to eat one. Tsk. x