Many years ago Tricia gave me a creme brulee set with ramekins
that included a kitchen torch. I thought about using it a few times
but just never got around to it. I think that I was afraid to use the
torch for some reason and put it away with all the other
collectibles in the basement.
I was very happy to see creme brulee as one of the selections
for December. However, finding butane fluid became a problem.
I tried a lot of various stores, William Sonoma, drug stores where
cigarettes are sold, etc. and all of them telling me to go
to Walmart. I don't know why this is so difficult to locate, but, viola,
Walmart had four. One for me and one for Tricia.
I left two for anyone planning on making creme brulee
this happy holiday season.
Dorie's version of creme brulee is a little different
since she uses a jam or jelly base before pouring the
pudding into the ramekin. My choice was a little
marmalade, but I did not taste it in the final results.
For the sugar topping I used raw sugar.
After doing this first set, I was on a roll.
Hubby loved it, so not wanting to waste the rest of the
heavy cream, I decided to try the recipe that came with the set.
This called for only cream, less vanilla, and more egg yolks.
This was equally delicious, and at this point, I think it
is just a matter of taste on the individual's part.
Now that I have mastered the kitchen torch,
I wonder if Tricia and her family would like
Baked Alaska for Christmas dessert.
Yes, please !
So far my only contribution to this week has been to taste test
numerous versions of Nana's creme brulee. She was on a roll indeed
and I have gained at least 5 pounds from her fantastic creations !
My creme brulee will be coming for holiday dessert as we
are on our way up to Vermont again to celebrate and I have
6 creme brulee dishes waiting from me at a lovely little
kitchen shop who special ordered them for me.
It is actually a retail shop located at the "JK Adams" woodworking
company whose company headquarters is in a small Vermont town.
They are famous for their carving boards that are sold all over
the world and by such retailers as Crate and Barrel, LL Bean, etc.
They have an amazing "cooks store" and I put a few ramekins
on order at Thanksgiving. I will take photos of this neat shop
when I pick them up tomorrow and post them later, but for now
I wanted to get Nana's results posted before we head out.
PS- when my younger son's reaction was priceless when he found
creme brulee a la Nana sitting in the fridge. His eyes popped open
and he turned around slowly, asking "can I"?
He loves this treat as much as his mother, who had it more times
than she is going to admit while visiting France :)
Happiest of Holidays to Dorie and all the Doristas !!!!