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My first attempt at a Crème Brûlée failed

March 29, 2016

You probably don’t know this about me, but I absolutely love crème brûlées. To the extent that if there is one on the dessert menu, I won’t even bother looking at the other desserts. I’m not quite sure what it is about it, because let’s be honest, there’s not much to it. But it’s just so good! I think it might be the textures. Silky smooth custard with a crispy sugar disc on top. Yum, just thinking about it makes me want one right now.

So I tried to make some last weekend. It didn’t work out very well unfortunately. I was a bit unsure about the cooking time so I left them in the oven for about 10 minutes longer than the recipe said. Worried that I would overcook them, I took them out but they still looked quite jiggly. I thought that maybe they’d turn out OK after being in the fridge for a couple of hours. When I took them out to create the sugar disc on top, they did look pretty set, so I was quite excited. I mucked the sugar up a bit and burned it, but hey, it was the first time I had used a blowtorch, so I was pretty happy with my efforts still.

Creme Brulee

(Sorry about the bad lighting in the photo)

Unfortunately though, when I cracked through the sugar on top, it turned out they weren’t set at all, and it was just about a centimetre at the top that had set. That was disappointing. But on a positive note, it tasted absolutely delicious.

So I’m going to have to give these another go, perhaps this coming weekend. I’m going to adjust the cooking time, but I’ll also use a thicker cream I think. The one I used last time may have been a bit too runny (especially because I used 3/4 cream and 1/4 milk…)

I will keep trying until I perfect it! Hopefully it won’t take too long. As soon as I’m happy, I’ll share the recipe!

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