Thank you to Mari from Mevrouw Cupcake for choosing Creme Brulee! You have no idea how excited I was for this week.
I do not remember the very first time I had Creme Brulee, but I do remember that I loved it. It was an instantaneous love affair with a dessert that seemed so complicated. Bobbys mom and I shared a chocolate espresso one at a hotel in Los Angeles once. And my favorite restaurant in Glendora (Chelsea) had it.
A few years ago I happened to be wandering around Williams Sonoma and saw a kitchen torch. I wanted it but didn't have the cash for it at the time. A friend was over and we were talking about Creme Brulee. A few days later a kitchen torch showed up on my front porch. Apparently my friends church was doing a series on giving above and beyond to others. She thought it would make me happy and it made her happy to give it. Well, I was so excited about it but I was really nervous about using it. So, there it sat lonely and unused in my cabinet. I have now had the excuse to use it and that baby is not going back in the cupboard. So, I loved the gift back then and I am so excited about it now!
I should have known from the start that a recipe that was so simple would be one I could mess up...well the results were good but I made a mess. First of all, I got a small bottle of whole milk and stuck it in the back of the fridge...where it froze. After running it under warm water I got it thawed enough I could get the appropriate amount of milk out of the bottle.
After getting the milk and heavy cream on the stove I turned my back for 1 second to put something away. That would be the moment it decided to boil over...all over the inside of the stove top.
I was flustered but got over it quickly enough to through in some bittersweet chocolate to make my creme brulee be chocolate.
One of the Playing Around ideas was raspberry creme brulee. I thought that would go well with the chocolate so I threw a few raspberries in each dish before pouring the creme over the top. I made 5 small dishes with mine since a lot of it went all over the stove. The recipe said to put it in the oven for 50-60 minutes at 200 degrees. Well, after an hour it wasn't even close to firm so I cranked it up to 275 and let it stay for another 15 minutes. That did the trick and they were set nicely. Oh yeah, I don't have a strainer so mine were bubbly on the top.
Since I was making such a delicious dessert I couldn't have anything simple for dinner. I made a marinade for steaks, baked potatoes and corn on the cob. Bobby grilled the steaks to perfection. Our kids loved dinner and were excited they were going to get such a fun dessert.
We took the kiddos in and Bobby held them up so they could see me torch the sugar on top of the creme brulee. The thought it was so cool to see the sugar melt the way it did. Obviously I didn't do a real good job of burning it evenly. There was a little extra around the sides.
I savored every bite of mine and thought I did a pretty good job myself. Bobby ate all of the parts that had crunchy stuff and said he would eat it again. Little Man wanted nothing to do with it. Munchkin ate every bit of hers. All and all, even with the mess, the frozen milk, and the uneven sugar it was a resounding success at our house this week! :)