Crème brulee is one of the most delicious desserts that many people enjoy but few can create successfully. This article provides a simple recipe on how you can make this delicacy from home. As the name suggests, crème brulee is a French delicacy. Basically, the crème brulee is a custard dessert with caramelized sugar topping.
There is often a lot of discussion on the actual originality of the dish with some people considering it to be Spanish and some English. The French version of the dish is however the most delectable forms of this dessert. This dish has a rich vanilla flavored custard base which gives the dessert its identity.
Who Knew “Burnt Cream” Would Taste So Good?
Literally, crème brulee means ‘burnt cream’. Brulee is the term used in French to denote dishes like custards that are glazed with sugar. This dessert comprises of a cream base made of rich crèam and eggs. This is a light and fluffy dessert that needs no additional flavors. Most traditional chefs even do not like to add a touch of vanilla flavor to the dish. However, there are some chefs who prefer to give this dish a chocolaty taste or add a hint of lemon to it. There are also some who prefer to add liquor or spices. To add a decorative or festive touch to the dishes, different chefs might prefer different embellishments for the dish. However, the traditional and authentic crème brulee remains to be a light, simple dessert which has a rich creamy flavor.
Here is an easy recipe to make the crème brulee conveniently in the comfort of your own home kitchen –
- Egg yolks – 10
- ½ cup white sugar (granulated)
- 3 cups cream
- Vanilla bean paste
- Mixing bowls
For the caramel:
¼ to ½ cup white sugar (granulated) to be sprinkled on the top and caramelized.
The Strategy behind the Sweetness
Whisk the cream and eggs together in a mixing bowl. It is preferred to use a stainless steel flat bottom bowl for ease of use. Add sugar and whisk all the ingredients together. Once the mixture is thick and has turned pale yellow, you will need to add the vanilla paste. Pre heat the oven at 300 degrees and bake the custard till it is of gel consistency. It needs to be lightly loose but not of running consistency. You might even bake the custard in different custard cups by diving the mixture evenly. That should probably take 45 minutes to an hour.
After the baking, give your custard a water bath and refrigerate it. Chilling it for a couple of hours or overnight is recommended. Once chilled, caramelize the custard and give it crème brulee with some sugar. You can use a hand held torch to caramelize the sugar. This gives best result. If you do not have one, you can caramelize under the broiler too.
Crème brulee is a classic dessert that is practically loved by all. It is a favorite restaurant dish as well home dish, as it is very easy to make. While some people are a little overwhelmed to try their creativity on the dish, it is actually quite easy to give this dish a great twist by just a play of some spices and flavors.
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