Let’s Eat: Crème Brûlée

by | May 25, 2016 | Food | 2 comments

Let’s Eat: Crème Brûlée

by | May 25, 2016 | Food | 2 comments

Crème Brûlée is also known in Portugal as Leite Creme or in Spain as Crema Catalana. The recipe might change slightly from country to country, but they are basically the same sweet little treat of the heavens.

This is a tasty dessert made of custard that can have hints of vanilla, cinnamon and lemon. It can be eaten at room temperature or cold. It’s often served in individual ramekins topped with a hard layer of caramel, but it can also be served with a layer of cinnamon or simply as it comes. Usually, the caramelised layer is done just before serving the dessert, this is done by sprinkling sugar on top and then using a hot iron or a butane torch to melt the sugar.

You may often find a version of this dessert in restaurants in Portugal, Spain or France and you should definitely give it a try because it’s one of the best desserts that you can have. If you aren’t travelling to one of this country anytime soon, take the country into your house and make this simple and tasty dessert at home.

Crème Brûlée Recipe
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You Will Need

  • 500ml of double cream
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 100g of sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod

Getting Your Hands Dirty

  1. Preheat the oven to 150C
  2. Split the vanilla pod lengthways
  3. Pour the double cream into a saucepan, then scrape the vanilla seeds into the cream and add the vanilla pod as well
  4. Bring the cream to a boiling point. In a separate bowl beat the egg yolks and sugar together until fluffy.
  5. Add the eggs and sugar mixture into the saucepan with the cream and whisk until thick
  6. Place the ramekins/Pyrex in a deep tray and fill the tray with water to cover half of the ramekins/Pyrex
  7.  Bake for 40 to 45 minutes at 150C or until the custard is set and just a bit wobbly in the middle

Leite Creme Recipe
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You Will Need

  • 1L of milk
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 200g of sugar
  • 50g of plain flour
  • 1 skin of a lemon – only the yellow part
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Getting Your Hands Dirty

  1. In a pan put the flour and the egg yolk and mix well. Then add the sugar and mix again.
  2. Pour the milk into the pan. Finally, add the lemon skin and the cinnamon stick
  3. Put the pan on a medium heat and keep whisking until it boils (It can take up to 15 minutes)
  4. Take the lemon skin and the cinnamon stick from the pan
  5. Pour the custard in individual ramekins or a big pyrex container and let it cold down

Crema Catalana Recipe
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You Will Need

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1tbs of cornstarch
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cups of milk
  • Lemon zest of 1 lemon

Getting Your Hands Dirty

  1. In a bowl beat the egg yolks and the sugar until fluffy
  2. Pour the egg and sugar mixture into a saucepan and then add the cinnamon and the lemon zest
  3. Pour in the milk and cornstarch into the saucepan
  4. Heat the mixture, stirring constantly until it begins to thicken
  5. As soon as it gets thick, pour into the ramekins or Pyrex and let it cool down

How About You?

Have you tried to make crème brûlée at home? How was it?
Have you tried this dessert on your travels? Did you like it?

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