Sunday, August 12, 2012

Creme Brulee

So a few weeks ago, Mum, Dad, Mr B and I are all sitting around the table after dinner, and Dad starts talking about a show he had seen on tv where they made a 'really easy and delicious' looking creme brulee.....and he kept talking about it....and dropping 'creme brulee' into every conversation there after. Eventually I got the point and looked up the show and the recipe (do you have any idea how hard it is trying to make a recipe from a video! Pause and Play and Pause and Play....) and next time Mum and Dad came for tea, we had creme brulee for dessert!

It wasn't all sugar and rainbows though...the night before when Mr B and I started getting the creme brulee ready, we managed to turn our first lot of custard into scrambled eggs.....2nd time lucky (and 12 eggs later!) we got it right! Here's how it went down.....

You will need:

375ml milk
200ml cream
1 tspn vanilla bean paste
6 egg yolks
100g caster sugar + extra

Combine the milk and cream in a large saucepan over medium heat with vanilla bean paste. Simmer for 10 mins or until fragrant. Remove from heat.

Whisk egg yolks and caster sugar - you want to get plenty of air in there so whisk well. Strain the cooled milk mixture into the egg mixture and pour back into the saucepan.

Prepare your ice bath - 3/4 fill a large bowl with ice cubes and sit a small bowl in the top of it.

Place the custard mixture back on the stove top, cooking gently and stirring constantly - remember to scrape the bottom as you go. When the mixture has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, it's done. Pour into the bowl over the ice bath and leave until it's cool to touch.

Stir in 150g of double thick cream and pour into 4 ramekins. Leave over night to set.

Sprinkle the tops of your brulees with a thin layer of caster sugar. Use a brulee torch to caramelise the sugar. Top with another thin layer of caster sugar and use the torch to finish it off! Serve topped with a few berries!

Mr B getting his brulee torch on! 

Mmmmm caramelised goodness!!

The finished product!

The happy customer!

Dad ate his so fast...I think he forgot to share with Mum! 

The sign of a good dessert!! 

And I will point out that Dad is forever more banned from watching home improvement / cooking shows! At least until he makes me one of his famous Mocha Self Saucing Puddings!!!

Mrs B xx

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