…from the Perspectives’ Kitchen
How you doin’? There are those who find traditional crème brûlée to be a little too sweet for them. What a difference a little bitter orange makes! The aromatic citrus and vanilla notes of this recipe add a gourmet touch that goes from ordinary to extraordinary.
Just one spoonful of the creamy custard and you can taste the bright, tangy, fruity side of the zest. Orange is both the perfect foil for all that creamy sweetness and a wonderful complement to its burnt caramel top.
And who doesn’t love the way the dark caramel crackly top presents in a clean, white ramekin? Crème brûlée just feels sophisticated, and when you set it in front of your guests (even if they’re just your family)—they’ll go wild for it.
Prep time: 20-25 minutes
Bake time: 35-40 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours up to 2 days
Yield: 6 servings
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup whole milk
Grated zest from two oranges
1 teaspoon pure vanilla bean seeds
12 large egg yolks
1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus 6 Tbsp, divided
Mint sprigs and/or Orange slices, for garnish
Special equipment: Fine mesh sieve, Six 4-oz ramekins, kitchen blowtorch
ChefSecret: To ensure your crème brûlée cooks evenly, fill the ramekins evenly. This can be done by weighing the amount of custard poured into each ramekin or by using a measuring cup to portion out the custard. Also, to ensure even cooking, be sure to place them on a shelf in the middle of the oven… not too close to the top and not on the bottom. This allows for even heat, air flow and cooking.
Quip of the Day: “What do you call a custard when it goes bad? Off-pudding!"
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