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Love Is The Sound of a Spoon on Creme Brulee

One of the best sounds in the world is the lovely crack that happens when your spoon breaks through the top of a creme brulee. The caramelized sugar crust gives way to a luscious creamy custard and the lovely sound means that an amazing dessert is awaiting you. Since today is National Creme Brulee Day, I think we should all head into the kitchen and make one of our very own. It takes some specialty equipment (like a culinary blowtorch), but it's definitely worth it. To check out the recipe,


To make this a classic crème brûlée, simply omit the fresh ginger.

Ginger and Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée
From Bon Appétit, February 1999

For Custard
2 cups whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp. chopped peeled fresh ginger
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
5 large egg yolks

For Crème Brûlée
12 tsp. sugar
Sliced tropical fruit (such as mango, papaya and/or kiwi)

Make Custard:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Place three 4-inch-diameter fluted flan dishes in each of two 13-x-9 x-2-in. baking pans or place six 3/4-cup ramekins in 1 pan. Mix cream, sugar, and ginger in heavy medium saucepan. Using small sharp knife, scrape seeds from vanilla bean. Add seeds and bean to saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to simmer. Cover pan, reduce heat to very low and simmer gently 10 minutes to infuse flavors. Strain into large measuring cup.
  2. Whisk yolks in medium bowl until well blended. Gradually whisk in hot cream mixture just to blend. Return custard to measuring cup; divide among dishes. Pour enough hot water into pans to come halfway up sides of dishes. Carefully transfer pans to oven.
  3. Bake custards until almost set in center when pans are gently shaken, about 30 minutes for fluted flan dishes and 35 minutes for ramekins. Using metal spatula, transfer custards in dishes to work surface; cool 30 minutes. Chill at least 3 hours and up to 2 days.

Make Crème Brûlée:

  1. Sprinkle 2 tsp. sugar evenly over each custard. Working with 1 custard at a time, hold culinary blowtorch** so that flame is 2 inches above surface. Direct flame so that sugar melts and browns, about 2 minutes.
  2. Refrigerate until custards are firm again but topping is still brittle, at least 2 hours but no longer than 4 hours so that topping doesn't soften. Garnish crème brûlées with fruit.

** Note: If you don't have access to a culinary blowtorch, you can place the custard dishes on a small baking sheet and broil until sugar begins to caramelize (about 2 minutes) — rotate sheet for even browning.

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intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 8 years
I really want to try this!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 8 years
I really want to try this!
Atiyah Atiyah 8 years
I used to think that Creme Brulee was difficult to make until I received a Creme Brulee set once Christmas. I have been making it ever since. White Chocolate and rasperberry creme brulee is my favorite so far.
Mel475 Mel475 8 years
Creme brulee is my favorite favorite favorite dessert!!!! So yummy!!!!
partysugar partysugar 8 years
My dad just got me a blow torch I can't wait to make creme brulee, maybe this weekend??
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
this is my fav fav fav dessert. I went to a wine bistro (i think that was the name of the restaurant, buti can't remembER) and they had a desert sampler that was 3 different kinds of creme brulees; regular (vanilla custard), chocolate (wasn't as good as i thought it would be) and cinnamon, which was by far my fav. i wish i knew how to make the cinnamon one... also, i found some frozen creme brulee at the grocery store, and it came in little clay dishes, you put the sugar on (it looks like light brown sugar) put it in the oven and it is done. it was actually good!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
this is my fav fav fav dessert. I went to a wine bistro (i think that was the name of the restaurant, buti can't remembER) and they had a desert sampler that was 3 different kinds of creme brulees; regular (vanilla custard), chocolate (wasn't as good as i thought it would be) and cinnamon, which was by far my fav. i wish i knew how to make the cinnamon one...also, i found some frozen creme brulee at the grocery store, and it came in little clay dishes, you put the sugar on (it looks like light brown sugar) put it in the oven and it is done. it was actually good!
lanuchan lanuchan 8 years
creme brulee is soo good, ben and jerrys made an ice cream flavor for it!
pamelove pamelove 8 years
I love creme brulee it's tasty and light feeling when you eat it, even though there's probably 1000 calories in it.
pamelove pamelove 8 years
I love creme brulee it's tasty and light feeling when you eat it, even though there's probably 1000 calories in it.
Seraphim Seraphim 8 years
i LOVE creme brulee!! MMMMmmmm :)
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 8 years
Creme Brulee is my favorite dessert. I have been craving one all week. I think I might have mentioned it to my co-workers at least twice a day.
Chica8a Chica8a 8 years
yuuuummmmmmmmmm i luv creme brulee !
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
good to know that I don't need the blowtorch for this recipe after all. lol and yes, there is a scene in Amelie with creme brulee. what a great movie!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
good to know that I don't need the blowtorch for this recipe after all. loland yes, there is a scene in Amelie with creme brulee. what a great movie!
nawal nawal 8 years
mmmmmmmm it look so diliches
nawal nawal 8 years
mmmmmmmm it look so diliches
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
This is my favorite dessert EVER. However I don't think I'm skilled enough to make it entirely by myself, so I might have to find a kit! Isn't there a scene in Amelie where she cracks her creme brulee with a spoon? Yum!
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