Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie: Crème Brûlée

When Mari of Mevrouw Cupcake, one of my favourite food bloggers, chose crème brûlée for this week's Tuesdays With Dorie recipe, I was thrilled. Not just because it's one of my favourite desserts ever, but also because I actually made it a few weeks ago on a whim and decided not to post about it just in case.

Holding back took a lot of restraint, mainly because this is my new favourite crème brûlée recipe. And that's saying something, because I bought my first kitchen torch and ramekin set before I could even drive, and as such have tried my fair share of variations.

Crème Brûlée is, without a doubt, one of my favourite indulgences. But it has always seemed to be such a laborious process. Worth it in every regard, because that moment when your spoon crackes the brûlée is totally therapeutic, like popping bubble wrap. But it's not the type of task I'd like to take on after a busy day at work (or school, as the case used to be). Even though I love it, crème brûlée has always been a weekend dessert.

Enter the ingenious Dorie Greenspan.

The recipes I tried before seem to require far too many ingredients -- two cups of milk! One cup of cream! Eight egg yolks! -- so no wonder they were so complex compared to Dorie's recipe. You can visit Mari to find the full recipe, but for comparison's sake, Dorie's recipe contains less than two cups of liquid and just three egg yolks.

The custard is rich, the texture is silky, and the flavour is phenomenal. I have found my new crème brûlée recipe. What else did I expect from a woman who used to bake with Julia Child?

Visit Tuesdays With Dorie to check out the other TWDer's results. Check out Mevrouw Cupcake for the full recipe. Thanks for a great choice, Mari!


Lori September 30, 2008 at 9:02:00 AM EDT  

oh....that 3rd photo made me swoon.

Jodie September 30, 2008 at 10:27:00 AM EDT  

Great photos! Looks good!

Mevrouw Cupcake September 30, 2008 at 11:32:00 AM EDT  

Your photos are mouthwatering! I'm so glad it's your new favorite crème brûlée recipe!

Thanks for the compliment on my new banner, I thought the weather called for a autumnal restyling.

chocolatechic September 30, 2008 at 12:31:00 PM EDT  

It looks so good.

Jamie September 30, 2008 at 1:05:00 PM EDT  

great pics!!!

Flourchild September 30, 2008 at 1:14:00 PM EDT  

Wonderful Brulee..I love how yours turned out. Seeing all of these wonderful brulees is making me want to go and buy a torch!

Teanna September 30, 2008 at 1:57:00 PM EDT  

Those photos are absolutely gorgeous! And isn't it so nice to have such a simple recipe for creme brulee?!

Christine September 30, 2008 at 3:26:00 PM EDT  

I love the caramelized crackles on your creme brulee, great photos!

Engineer Baker September 30, 2008 at 4:40:00 PM EDT  

That looks wonderful - kudos on restraining yourself from posting earlier!

Gretchen Noelle September 30, 2008 at 10:44:00 PM EDT  

You had a brulee set before you could drive?? Great job!!

SiHaN October 1, 2008 at 3:49:00 AM EDT  

Great job on the brulees. i do agree that its more of a weekend dessert though Dorie's method made it a rather quick dessert. Still yours looks phenomenal! I'm glad you liked it so much!

Rebecca October 1, 2008 at 1:48:00 PM EDT  

Dorie's method was so much less fussy than everyone else's! So nice.

Anonymous October 2, 2008 at 12:59:00 PM EDT  

Yum! Looks good.

Matt October 4, 2008 at 10:50:00 AM EDT  

Your brulees look beautifully crunchy and creamy! I agree that this recipe is ingenious in cutting back on the eggs and getting rid of the water bath, which I always managed to slosh into some of my ramekins. God bless Dorie!

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