Tuesday, September 23, 2008

All alone

In general, I don't need dessert. I'm just as content to finish my dinner and watch some television before bed. But for some reason, if Thatboy's not home, I love to indulge in a little personal goodness all for myself. I usually pick something he's not into like...creme brulee. I don't have one of those fancy schmancy kitchen torches, but I've had pretty good success with placing the sugar topped sweet under the broiler for a few minutes to create that golden brown top. And in truth, I take the most pleasure out of piercing the top. Invite me over for creme brulee, let me poke holes in the dish, and I'm happy. I don't even have to eat it!

My favorite creme brulee to make incorporates passion fruit juice, but before you start playing around with different flavors it's good to have the basics down pat. So I returned to the basic creme brulee recipe, no frills, no fluff, for a little late night pick me up.

Basic Creme Brulee
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 egg yolks
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 4 Tbs. sugar
  1. Preheat an oven to 300°F. Put up a tea kettle of water to boil. In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks, salt and the 1/4 cup sugar until smooth and blended.
  2. Gradually add the the cream, and vanilla to the egg mixture, whisking until blended.
  3. Divide the custard among four 5- or 6-oz. ramekins and place the ramekins on a baking pan.
  4. Add boiling water to fill the pan halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  5. Cover the pan loosely with aluminum foil and bake until the custard is just set around the edges, 35 to 40 minutes.
  6. Transfer the ramekins to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4-6 hours.
  8. Just before serving, sprinkle 1 Tbs. of the sugar evenly over each custard. Place under broiler until sugar carmalizes.
Serves 4.
Each serving has:
Calories 499.0
Total Fat 47.3 g
Saturated Fat 28.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 14.2 g
Cholesterol 316.7 mg
Sodium 51.2 mg
Potassium 103.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 16.3 g
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
Sugars 12.7 g
Protein 4.4 g


  1. I've never made creme brulee. (I probably just spelled it wrong but I'm too tired to check.) I need to try it sometime.

  2. im REALLY gonna need you to stop posting calories. maybe if i eat this after that 31 calorie dish you posted earlier..... it'll work itself out....

  3. opps i meant, 3.1

    thats a big difference when there is creme brulee involved!

  4. I love the trio of creme brules that you find at restaurants these days. Just a perfect little few spoonfuls of each flavour...just a tease. Your very right when you say you need to get the basics down first!!

  5. Why? Why must you tempt me with your creations??? I love creme brulee. I am going to go back to my corner and pout now.

  6. I am one that feels I need to have dessert with almost every single meal--I need to get over that.

    I bought my torch, but I haven't used it yet. I always forget to buy the butane!

  7. the torch was our first wedding present. and then the one time i was ready to try it out, i realized i had no butane for it.

    and so it sits, still in the box, in the highest possible shelf in my kitchen.

  8. I love creme brulee! you should've done me a favor and left out the calorie info though. : )

  9. if i have a torch, you need a torch, too! playing with fire is fun!

  10. Love love love creme brulee! I don't have a torch either.

  11. I love creme brulee...I have torch and I'm not afraid to use it (doesn't that make me sound tough?)I found my torch on clearance for $5.00 at Target!

  12. I'd eat creme brulee for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I could. I need a torch! 47 grams of fat, huh? Ew.

  13. It is my favorite dessert and yours looks so good!!!!

  14. YUM! Creme brulee is my FAVORITE DESSERT EVER!

  15. This looks so good. I've never made it before.

  16. The chef extraordinaire doesn't have a creme brulee torch? You know, Christmas is just around the corner...