I was so sad when I noticed that I missed Dorie's creme brulee in the busy month of December. I've never made creme brulee and I was looking forward to a good excuse to try-out this dessert. We decided to try it for this week's recipe rather than the chicken & we were not disappointed!
Thursday night I was at feeling at my wits end and I was nursing a bad headache. My husband was very kind and took the kids into a room to build forts with blocks for an hour while I rested. After the kids were in bed, I was in the mood for a little cooking project and Dorie's creme brulee recipe was perfect. Quick & easy, just a handful of ingredients, & the smells were heavenly. I've always been a fan of Amish custard pies, puddings, etc, so this was right up my alley. I LOVE the smell of hot heavy cream mixed with a little vanilla, sugar & egg yolks. For me, it's a very comforting smell.
I chose to put a teaspoon of Trader Joe's blueberry preserves on the bottom of each of my ramkins just to add another flavor to the dessert (it turned out good, but I don't know that I needed jam & then more sugar on top). I baked my creme brulee's for about an hour but I think they could've baked another 5 minutes. My kids & husband were excited to help out with my kitchen torch to make a little crunchy sugar on top.
After making Dorie's recipe, I started looking at creme brulee recipes in other cookbooks. It's basically the exact same recipe ... some use only heavy cream, some use a water bath, etc. I've already got my 2nd batch of creme brulee resting in the fridge ... I decided to try a "black & white" creme brulee (it has chocolate mousse on top!!). I think we'll have it for a Sunday night treat. I'll let you know how it turns out. :)