Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie, Creme Burlee

I'm going to go out on a limb here and make an "assumption"...and that is, that most of the TWD bakers are younger than I am.
In fact, most food bloggers are younger than I am. Not that I am "old" by any means, but I can just tell (usually) by the tone of the blog post and references to lifestyle, children, social activities, that I am on the older side of the food blogging world.
This is okay...BECAUSE.... this morning I have read two TWD blogs and both of you had trouble putting the butane in the torch. So want to know my solution to that problem? I handed it to my husband and said, "would you do this for me?"
To go back a bit further, I even handed him the box before going to the store and asked him to "figure out" what I needed, and then had him buy it.
Some independent, forward thinking woman, I am. Or perhaps, very clever. That's it! (lazy would be another description )

Now, let me get to the creme brulee!
My friend Barb, gave me this creme` brulee set two years ago for Christmas. I was so excited to be able to use it. And then after finding out how simple creme brulee is to make....I'll be using it all the time. (thanks Barb--did I ever even write a thank you note? Well....look here! for all the world to see too!! THANKS)

I love creme brulee, but always just assumed that it was a lot harder than it was: cooking, straining, whisking, baking....
but it was amazingly simple, and tastes "oh so good".

As always, I never vary the recipe, only because I'm usually making it at the last possible minute and it's safer to stay with the known recipe and not the variations.
I made it last night after we had dinner, put it in the fridge and caramelized the top this morning. I only had one little mishap... I spilled the vanilla in it. I have no idea how much vanilla went in. It's very vanilla-ee. And a little less firm that it should have been. But it was very good.

And now this morning...in 30 minutes (yes, it is 5:30 a.m. right now) my other Tuesday commitment will be showing up on my doorstep...to visit and have a cup of coffee. My friend Debbie. We've done Tuesdays for a few years now...at 6:00 a.m., in jammies, robes, coffee cup in hand. Today, I will be giving her a creme brulee treat to try!!
My Tuesdays are complete....with Debbie and Dorie. (it is only under threat of death that I post no picture of Debbie in jammies, robe and coffee cup in hand)
But let me tell ya....creme brulee after dinner is good, but in the morning with a hot cup of "good" coffee, shared with a friend. Yum! (a bit rich, really, but what was I gonna do? I had pictures to take. We shared)

I was a bit unsure of the ramekin size. I didn't have the correct one. The ones included in the "creme brulee" gift box, were so small, they could fit in the palm of my hand. The others the size of cereal bowls. As you can tell.....(picture cereal sized bowl on the left), the small ones, were...much too small. So we used the larger ones and I just put the 2/3 cup of creme in them.
Thanks to Mari at Mevrouw Cupcake http://www.mevrouwcupcake.com/ for her choice this week. One of my favorites so far!


Engineer Baker said...

It's okay - I realize that I'm on the young end of the spectrum all the time! And I still ask my boyfriend to help me with technical or gadget-y things. Your creme brulee looks wonderful.

Cathy said...

You were brilliant to delegate the torch assembly/butane loading to your hubby! I did it myself out of necessity (and fear that he would not support the blowtorch activities I was contemplating) and it was not a pretty sight. I'm so glad that you liked this! I had also been operating under the assumption that this was super-hard to make, and now that I know how seriously EASY it is, this will be a regular on the dessert menu in my house! Your creme brulees look perfect!

Anonymous said...

I would love creme brulee with a friend in jammies...but maybe not at 6:00am.

Prudy said...

Honestly, I think I'd love that extra vanilla in mine. i can practically drink the stuff. I'm no young'un; I'm just getting a later start, but I still love to give my husband anything that has instructions attached. Except recipes, of course. Thanks so much for your kind comments. Sounds like yours came out perfect; it certainly looks it!

Anonymous said...

I would love someone to show up on my front porch with creme brulee, 6 am or not! :P

Jules Someone said...

Lovely brulee! And what a nice tradition with your friend.

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Your friend Debbie is so lucky, as are all friends of TWD'rs! Great job!

Jolina said...

Now that you've mastered creme brulee, I want to know if you make flan? Love them both, but have never tried either. I seriously think you should do a cultural on cooking.

LyB said...

Mmmm, crème brûlée in the morning with a hot cup of coffee! I'm there! I'll just fire up my torch. :) Your brulée looks great!

Jo said...

Dessert in them morning. Mmm. i like that idea. My scale doesn't, but I do. ;-)

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