Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie: Crème Brulée

creme brulee closeup

[recipe here]

Oh, how I have been looking forward to this day! Delicious, crispy caramel shell, atop a sea of creamy goodness. Darling crème brulée, you are possibly the best non-chocolate dessert around. Mari, I thank you profusely for picking it for this week's TWD challenge :)

creme brulee with cream and egg

Honestly, I had no idea that making crème brulée would be so easy! The only really hard thing about it was that looong wait for the custards to chill before torching 'em. Three hours at least?! Intolerable. ;)

cream heating up

Confession: I didn't have any milk around... so I used all cream. (I know, who has cream but not milk?? Weirdo.) I didn't think it would really hurt anything (except maybe my arteries), so I went ahead with it.

egg mixture with whisk

My custard did take a much longer time to set up in the oven than the recipe said it would. I thought it was the lack of milk, but I read that a bunch of other bakers had the same issue. Anyway, it still ended up being yumtious!

custard pre-baking

I also cut the recipe down to 1/3 of the original, which turned out to be the exact right amount for four of these adorable, tiny ramekins I found at Whole Foods.

custard post-baking

As some of you know, I had some issues getting my spankin' new blowtorch to work (btw, thanks again to Sula for the awesome gift!!) My words of advice for new blowtorch owners are:

  1. Do not attempt to fill it with the butane canister UPRIGHT. (Worst diagram ever!) They both need to be upside down, or the torch will just fill with air.
  2. When you are "bleeding" something, the thing you want to be bleeding is the AIR out of the TORCH.
  3. If it is not working, invest in some compressed air, and use it liberally to blast all surfaces (and innards) of the torch.
  4. Check out this website (click the Maintenance button and scroll down to Maintenance Guide) for more troubleshooting tips.

Anyway, I eventually got it working :)

butane torch

The stop motion video is back! I thought it would be cool to relive the caramelization :)



And here is my favorite part:

creme brulee closeup - cracked

MMM.

Love it.

Thanks again for the pick, Mari. You rule! :) The recipe is over at Mari's blog, Mevrouw Cupcake. Also, don't forget to check out all of the other wonderful bakers at TWD! Note that the lovely ladies in charge are capping the group at the end of October, so it's now or never if you are thinking of joining us! :)

39 comments:

ostwestwind said...

You got the most perfect crackling sugar crust I've ever seen. Wow!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

great looking brulees! and love that torch!

Lori said...

video!! you are too good, that was great fun to watch. and your creme brulee looks perfect.

VeggieGirl said...

Such an elegant dessert!! So glad that you enjoyed making it :0)

Sarah said...

What cute little ramekins! Great job and glad it worked for you. I wasn't as lucky...

The Food Librarian said...

I feel like I've been let in on a big secret - creme brulee isn't hard to make! I love your ALL CREAM dessert - oh, whole milk is for wimps. :)

Prudy said...

You're right-that was cool. Especially since I don't have a torch so I have to live vicariously through you. Looks gorgeous!

vibi said...

Once again... your blog owns its name!
I could on for days describing how perfect your pictures are: clarity, luminosity, exposition, definition, etc... etc... ETC...
Congrats on a another perfectly achieved recipe!

Rachel said...

Your pictures are amazing, as usual! I sat this week out, but I am glad to know that this recipe isn't difficult--after seeing all of the amazing posts I don't think I'll be able to resist making it much longer!

CB said...

Best video ever. I swear I started salivating! Man I really wish I had some creme brulee leftover. Glad you figured out your torch issues. I wouldn't have wanted you to miss this recipe! Beautiful pictures as always!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Engineer Baker said...

Wow, that looks fabulous. I'm glad you liked it so much, and your pictures make me wish I had gutted out the torchlessness and made this.

rainbowbrown said...

Very cool video! Great work.

Anne said...

Wow, that's gorgeous! I love the video too. Great tips on the torch- thanks!

Madam Chow said...

Thank you for the tips on the torch. And an all cream creme brulee? Naughty, indeed!

Jamie said...

I love the video! Looks delicious! :)

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Good lord, I'm drooling!!! I wanna come and take a crash course in food photography from you! Great post and I love the video!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Looks like your creme brulee turned out perfectly!

Tammy said...

Wow, that is truly scrumptious photography!!!

kim said...

thanks for your comments, everyone!! :) glad you liked the pics and video! i am ecstatic that i got the torch working ;) hope the tips will prove helpful!

Isa said...

Wow, your creme brulee looks amazing! I love the stop motion video =)

Linda said...

I think your photo of the empty ramekin says it all...YUM!

Carol Peterman said...

I love the video! There is something mesmerizing about caramelizing sugar.

Jaime said...

looks wonderful!

i think the baking time varies depending on your ramekin. those who used the deeper one like yours said theirs took longer as well. i used a very shallow dish so the 60 min was just fine.

Steph said...

your pictures are to die for!! that cracked crust melts my heart!

Marthe said...

OMG, your pictures look sooo good!! I just want to dive into your crème brûlée!

pinkstripes said...

I love your pictures and your mini-ramekins! Those prob would have been better for my waistline...

Pamela said...

They look wonderful. I love the little ramekins and the crisp, inviting look of the sugar on top! Oh...and the blueberries tumbling out of those cupcakes below looks divine!

Cathy said...

A fridge with cream but not milk -- yup, you must be a baker. I sure wish I had your helpful butane loading instructions on Sunday night, wow, that was tricky, and seeing as it is a highly flammable gas and all, I was a little worried about the fact that I had no idea what I was doing with it. Your creme brulees look absolutely perfect, and your photos are stunning as always. I think there were a lot of happy TWD-ers this week!

n.o.e said...

Oh, so THAT'S what caramelizing sugar looks like! Thanks for the video, as my sugar never got there despite my valiant non-torch attempts. Your little creme brulees are perfection.
Nancy

Lynnylu said...

Thanks for the tips on the torch process. Your brulees are beautiful.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

This is a very informative post about how to make creme brulee and deal with any torch issues! I love the stop-motion video of your brulee technique.

Jacque said...

Oooooh, I am SO jealous of your torch, especially now that I've seen it in action. WAY easier than the whole broiler thing.

Your brulees are the cutest things I've seen all day. Seriously, adorable!

AmyRuth said...

Photography skills Mwa!! Scrumptious!! Your brulee photos are beautiful and elegant. Thanks for giving a such great example to follow. Torch On!!
AmyRuth

LyB said...

Oh, yeah! That is my favorite part too! :)

noskos said...

Great looking brulees and pictures!

Erin said...

This looks wonderful! I love the color of your topping and your pictures are gorgeous!

Jules Someone said...

Gorgeous! So professional looking!

Katie said...

Your photographs are stunning - especially of the last one with the shell that's cracked - yum! I haven't had creme brulee in so long and now I'm craving it after seeing all the TWD blogs blogging about it! :P

Edinburgh Wedding Photography said...

Again - brilliant pictures! I love the mini-ramakins. Must get hold of some soon...

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