Creme Brulee (Tuesdays with Dorie)

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Creme Brulee
Creme Brulee!

Once again, Dorie Greenspan is my hero!

I thought creme brulee was a difficult dessert involving a water-bath, whisking a crazy custard together, and should be only ordered in a restaurant.

But thanks to Dorie, I can make it at home!!

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I made mine in little 2.5 ounce ramekins and got 12 ramekins from a full batch. Dorie's recipe calls for you to bake it at a low temperature (probably thus avoiding the water bath). After a nice chill overnight, I woke up and torched my dessert!

Creme Brulee
This week's delicious choice was selected by cool Mari of Mevrouw Cupcake! Mari, I love your blog and this is a wonderful pick! I can't wait to try it with some of Dorie's "Playing around" tips - such as lavender, ginger or tea brulee - oh my!

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The middle was lovely and creamy. And the best part ever?! Cracking the brulee ceiling!

Be sure to check out the other Tuesdays with Dorie bakers! And don't forget to buy Dorie's book, Baking: From My Home to Yours so you can make it yourself (page 393). Also, if you are interested in joining the group as we make our way through Dorie's book, you have until the end of October!
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ostwestwind said... [Reply to comment]

I usually make my crème brûlée like this recipe. And I totally agree: Cracking the brulee ceiling is the best

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

ooh...that bottom photo made my salivary glands spasm!

Audrey said... [Reply to comment]

I love the little ramekins - and the crackly tops.

Pamela said... [Reply to comment]

These pictures are gloriously tempting! I love the 12 little ramekins, they are adorable! I admit to thinking just like you. Creme brulee was too difficult and to be eaten in a restaurant. Not any more!

Steph said... [Reply to comment]

You did an amazing job! That first crack into the brulee must have been so fun.

Prudy said... [Reply to comment]

I love those little brulees. So many to look at and so pretty.

steph- whisk/spoon said... [Reply to comment]

looks perfect, and what cute itsy-bitsy ramekins!

Sihan said... [Reply to comment]

i do agree about the cracking of the ceiling! my gosh.. your last photo looks so good! wish i had a camera that good to capture that!

Megan said... [Reply to comment]

What cute little ramekins!

It looks like a difficult dessert, but it really isn't! Just think of the flavor possibilities - yum!

Nancy/n.o.e said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, that is a perfect ceiling of sugar! I made the tea variation, and it's fabulous.

Marthe said... [Reply to comment]

Your little ramekins look so cute!!
I absolutely loved these creme brulees!

Jamie said... [Reply to comment]

The last photo is beautiful! Your ramekins are too cute!

CB said... [Reply to comment]

I thought the same thing too! Creme brulee wasn't something you could do at home, it was only in restaurants. Boy am I glad I am wrong! Wasn't that the best dessert ever? Mmmmm....
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

MacDuff said... [Reply to comment]

Oh good lord, these look perfect! I agree - I want to try the whole playing around thing, the cardamon and orange sounded good to me. Another excellent post!

vibi said... [Reply to comment]

I mean, anyone would have to admit... there is not much more to say than... WOW!
I want that one! I want that one!
Let me know if ever you open a restaurant... I'm there in a flash!

Mary Ann said... [Reply to comment]

It looks amazing! Great job!

Jewels said... [Reply to comment]

Creme Bruleerrific!!!

Mari said... [Reply to comment]

OMG...your mini ramekins are so cute (sequels with delight)!!! Great pictures and great crème brûlée!

Rachel said... [Reply to comment]

The little ramekins are so cute! Your dessert looks delicious!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Your crusts look marvelous! I think really small servings like are great for this dessert.

Engineer Baker said... [Reply to comment]

2.5 ozers? Too cute! They look perfect, and I'm glad this restaurant dessert can now be made at home :)

CB said... [Reply to comment]

I know I already commented but I just saw your comment on Macduff's blog about PR. Amen sister! 1930s-wearing-flower-in-hair-girl needs to get aufed pronto! If Jerrell gets aufed I will be so pissed. I might have to boycott the finale. Ok I probably won't but still. I'll be indignant. Hrrummmph... Ultimately I want Leanne to win but I'd be ok with Korto or Jerrell. Please not Kenley! Anyone but her! Sorry just wanted to share my PR addiction with you. HAHA. Back to your regular scheduled TWD commenting...

Peggy said... [Reply to comment]

wow, I am so pumped to try this now. Yours looks great. I went with something different because I was scared of the torch. Imagine, a grown up scared of a little torch! :)

Jodie said... [Reply to comment]

They look great. Since they're smaller, you can eat a couple, right?!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I have to find some of those tiny ramekins - portion control will take guilt out of eating these!

Welcome to our crazy blessed life said... [Reply to comment]

Cute! I love the tiny servings! I love the sugar cracking too!

The Blonde Duck said... [Reply to comment]

Those are so pretty. I wish I could dig in!

Steph said... [Reply to comment]

I love your little ramekins! They are so cute!! Yum-Yum!

betty geek said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for making me drool. Did you make enough to save me one? Those pictures are awesome. I love the crackle of the sugar top with the spoon. Excellent job! :)

Mary Jo said... [Reply to comment]

i love the spoon in the picture, it's beautiful :) great pictures.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

fantastic job!!! I love the small size of your ramekins :)

April said... [Reply to comment]

Absolutely awesome looking brulee! Your pictures are great, I love cracking the tops too.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I love your broken glass cracks of brulee! I love mini-size anything too (esp dessert). It keeps me from eating too much. :P

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Amazing looking little creme brulees. Glad you found a new favorite...

Shelby said... [Reply to comment]

oh yours looks sooo good! I love the cracks!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

The tiny ramekins are so cute. I will have to pick those up. I am bitter I didn't make them yet!

Linda said... [Reply to comment]

You're on a miniature dessert roll! These look adorable in the mini-ramekins, but I wouldn't have any portion control...i'd like 4 of those minis please!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

The crackly photos are so cool! It looks delicious!

Brooke said... [Reply to comment]

I can't believe how easy this recipe was. If only I could make it every week without putting on the pounds.

Di said... [Reply to comment]

Great pictures of your brulée! I love the little ramekins. I definitely have to try this once I get my hands on a torch.

Liz said... [Reply to comment]

Your little army of brulee-lets are so cute! 2.5 oz seems like a much more manageable amount of dessert. And I agree--omitting the water bath is genius. Gorgeous job!

KK said... [Reply to comment]

"...I woke up and torched my desert..." I need to say that more often...I need to do that more often!

I love when you make stuff in little cups...I know - ramekins...or those little tartlets...

kimberly salem said... [Reply to comment]

does that mean you had creme brulee for breakfast?? you rule!! :) hehe. i couldn't believe how easy it was either! awesome job and great pics!
btw have you ever seen the tiny espresso spoons? that's what i used to eat this with my mini ramekins... perfect size :)

Cakespy said... [Reply to comment]

Oh my goodness, so happy to have come across yours--those gorgeous little icicle shards of caramelly goodness atop the dish of creamy delightfulness--oh my!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Yours look so perfect!

Cathy said... [Reply to comment]

I love the tiny ramekins! It's almost guilt-free when it's that small! I was also pleasantly surprised at how easy these were to make at home; it is really a fantastic make-ahead dessert. You pix are wonderful, and your brulees look just perfect!

Snooky doodle said... [Reply to comment]

I like the cracked caramel. It a great combo the creaminess of the creme and the crunchiness of the caramel. This looks delicious

Jaime said... [Reply to comment]

oh my goodness - your caramelized topping looks so perfect! i am envious!

Lynne Daley said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful brulees. The cracking of the tops is really cool.

Shari said... [Reply to comment]

I love your mini ramekins! Looks delicious!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

This looks so great! I love your ramekins and your pictures are beautiful!

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