Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Kilted to brûlée the crème
Who is that mysterious man at the Outlet Malls and why is he wearing a kilt? It's just your humble blogger getting a butane torch to make some crème brûlée.
I'd never done it, but the Queen Of The World loves it. As it turns out, it's dead simple:
Warm 2 cups of heavy cream and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract in a sauce pan. You're not looking for boilage or even a simmer - wisps of steam means you're fine.
In a bowl, whisk 3 egg yolks and 1/2 cup of sugar for 2-3 minutes until the eggs are light yellow. SLOWLY pour the cream into the eggs, whisking the whole time. If your cream is too hot and you pour too fast you will curdle the yolks which will be kind of nasty. So don't do that.
Pout the mixture into ramekins and put the ramekins into a large flat baking dish. Fill the dish half way with hot water (the water will moderate the oven baking and give you a yummy smooth consistency). Bake at 300° for 35-40 minutes.
Cool the ramekins. Now it's time to brûlée. Sprinkle the top of each with sugar - at least a teaspoon and maybe two. You want good coverage. Now take the torch and play the flame over the top, moving constantly. The sugar will melt, then it will bubble, then it will turn brown - that's where it's just starting to burn (brûlée) a bit. That's when you're done.
But the reason for the kilt is the Kilted To Kick Cancer fundraising. Donations for Team Borepatch are appreciated, but the point it to fund prostate cancer research. 100% of donations go directly to research.
Get kilted, get checked.
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