Love and Romance in the Kitchen: The First Dinner(part IV)
Dec. 17, 2011 12:26 pm
Updated: Feb. 9, 2012 6:33 pm
Well we're ready for dessert, and nothing says love like creme brulee with a few raspberries on top. And guys, you get to use a real live blow torch. That's right we get to play with fire and melt stuff!! In this case a little sugar on the top of the
cold creme brulee. If this ain't heaven I don't know what is; plus you will knock the socks/hose off your date with your demonstration of culinary skill.
That something so good is also so easy is great as well. But lets talk about tools of the trade. You need a torch and I got mine at Bed Bath and Beyond but any good cooking store should have them or you can order from amazon.
The above is the torch I have. Make sure you get a refill of the butane fuel. The torch fills just like the old butane lighters. Now when you get that torch. Lite 'er up a few times. Make sure you get the hang of it so you can look like you know what you
While we are ordering from amazon let me also recommend this:
This is a simple to use creme brulee set. It makes the water bath a cinch to use. However you can use what ever ramekins you would like as long as you use a water bath.
So here's the basic recipe:
Classic Creme Brulee:
1 cup heavy cream
3 Tablespoons plus 1/3rd cup sugar
2 extra large or jumbo egg yolks(just the yolks, not the whites)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Now, I usually double the recipe and you should too so you can practice the sugar caramelization step. To make the creme brulee you do the following:
First: preheat oven to 300 degrees with a rack set in the middle and boil a couple quarts of water
1. In a saucepan combine the cream and 2 tablespoons of sugar and cook over medium, and I mean medium heat, from the very beginning. Stir almost continuously till small bubbles appear around the edge 5-6 minutes or more. Set aside to cool at least 10
2. In a bowl beat egg yolks and vanilla till smooth and then SLOOOOOWLY
pour the warm cream mixture into the the egg yolks stirring continuously. I use an immersion blender on slow speed to do this.
3. Now here is a key step. Stain the mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl.
4. Divide the custard(cause that's what it is now) into the ramekins, 4-6 ounce will do, and have a spare small bowl or two handy if needed.
5. Arrange the ramekins in a baking pan 9x13 or similar and fill with the boiling water halfway up the side of the ramekins.
6. Carefully place the pan in the oven and bake about 25 minutes or until the custard is set. I actually put the pan in the oven and then pour in the water to the appropriate level.
7. Remove from the water-bath and chill for 2-3 hours.
Now for the fun part. You get to play with fire!! This is for practice, you will do this for real in front of your lady when you are ready to serve dessert. Remove one of the ramekins from the fridge and sprinkle a tablespoon or so of sugar over the top.
Don't try to get it even . Gently tap /shake the ramekin to evenly distribute the sugar over the top. Now fire up that torch and gently melt the sugar constantly moving the torch over the top. Try not to burn it though you will inevitably do so a little
and that's OK. It takes a little practice to do this right and you may have to do this more than once to get the hang of it. Let it cool and then taste it. You should have a crisp melted sugar crust over a delicious custard that she will swoon over I guarantee
When you serve the creme brulee, add about 3 raspberries on top of each one before you hand her this luscious little dish and you will have completed a darn near perfect dinner. And you got to play with fire and hopefully light hers as well!!
Well thats it for this round. More to come later in Love and Romance in the kitchen.