Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Blueberry Creme Brulee

Like Laura at The Cooking Photographer says...this is the best crème brûlée ever!  And guess what?  It's really simple to make {love when that happens!}.  I think the thing that makes this so incredible is the brown sugar sauce on the bottom...combined with the yummy fruit throughout.  This was our second time making this dessert...the first time, we used blackberries and the second time, the grocery store was out, so we used blueberries and I love both!  I think you could easily substitute the fruit with any favorite..raspberries and strawberries would definitely work!


Now ladies...I'm not even going to tryyy and pretend my pictures are nearly as great as Laura's, but she is the "cooking photographer" afterall-so give a sister a break!  :)  Oh and a word of warning...this takes 4 hours to set, so be sure to allow plenty of time.  Here's the delicious recipe:

Special tools you’ll need are 8 four-ounce ramekins, a fine mesh sieve (strainer) and a torch of some kind.  {P.S. like Laura...I also used my husband's torch!}
  • 2 cups (1 pint) heavy cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • About 1 cup or so fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 8 teaspoons dark brown sugar, divided
  • Sugar for brûlée
1. Place 8 four-ounce ramekins in a metal 9x13-inch pan. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and set a kettle of water to boil.

2. Place the heavy cream in a 3 quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat stirring often until just the point of boiling. Set aside.

3. Meanwhile, in a medium sized bowl whisk together egg yolks, 2/3 cup sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Whisking the entire time, slowly pour about 1 cup of the hot heavy cream into the egg mixture. Then pour the egg mixture into the heavy cream while whisking.

4. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a large clean bowl. Place 1 teaspoon brown sugar into each ramekin. Place blackberries over brown sugar so they are nearly touching, but not packed. Slowly ladle cream mixture evenly into the ramekins, scraping all of it out of the bowl with a spatula.

5. Pull the oven rack out about half way and place the pan on it. Pour the hot water into the pan until it’s about half way up the ramekins. Bake for 35 minutes. Custards should be mainly set around the edges, but the center will still be jiggly.

6. Carefully move the custards to a cooling rack. Once cool, move to the refrigerator and chill for at least four hours.

7. To Brûlée: Sprinkle custard tops with about a teaspoon of granulated sugar and torch with fire until deeply golden brown pulling back the torch as needed so the sugar doesn’t char.


This brûlée is truly and wonderfully out of this world!  I've never felt so fancy eating a dessert, and I love knowing it's super easy to make!

Hope you enjoy!  Bon Appetit!

xo natasha
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Linked to: Tasty Tuesdays

26 comments:

  1. thanks for the recipe! I received cute ramekins for a wedding present and have been wanting to make creme brulee

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  2. Yay Natasha! Blueberries are a great idea. And your pictures are nice too, so I don't need to give you a break.

    I thought about making this with chopped strawberries and think I will when I finally go home. In another week and a half. I'm going to forget what home looks like!

    Laura

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  3. Oh my goodness. I need to make this. ASAP.

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  4. Amy--you will not regret making this recipe! So delicious!

    Laura--I think strawberries will be next for us too! Just love your recipe! :) Enjoy your time in Austin!

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  5. easy + fancy = best recipe ever!! thanks for sharing!

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  6. Oh My Goodness. I am drooling over this! Natasha, this looks so so good! Yum! I'll definitely try this!

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  7. That looks so stinkin' good...do you think creme brulee is a good breakfast food??? (c: Happy St. Patty's Day!

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  8. I saw her make it and it look so yummy!

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  9. ooh, yummy! :D this looks so good!!!

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  10. Oh my word...this looks so good! I'm booking marking it to try asap!

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  11. Oh... Very fancy and worth the try :) Thanks for posting!

    http://ladyonaroof.blogspot.com/

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  12. This sounds incredible and I can't believe how easy it seems! Can't wait to try it.

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  13. Looks and sounds delicious! Creme Brulee is one of my all time favorite desserts, I am going to try this one. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Oh yum! Hello little cup of goodness:-) xoxo

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  15. Oh my, I'm in heaven! That looks amazing! And your pictures ARE good!! :)

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  16. SOOOO Yummy. That is my favorite dessert. My hubby would be shocked if I actually busted out my creme brulee dishes and used them!!!

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  17. Oh dear God...this is an issue. This is my all time favorite dessert! I'm in the library....studying... and now my mouth is watering! When we have our date over summer let's make these. Then go get ice cream (:

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  18. ahhh omg. this loooks soo so so so incredibly yummy. i love creme brulee and this one looks so good and i am happy you said that its easy to make because i love that too haha. i also love your blog and so happy i found it. i am following :) xx

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  19. This looks amazing. I cannot belive when you are saying that it is easy to make. I guess I'll hvae to try and see for myself.

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  20. This is my favorite dessert, but I've never made it!! Thanks for inspiring me to make it!!

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  21. i LOVE creme brulee!
    i usually make a raspberry vanilla bean one...
    i'm going to have to try the blueberry!

    thanks for sharing!

    ♥elisabeth

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  22. wow!!! that looks delicious!

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  23. Wow! This looks like pure bliss :)

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