Mari of Mevrouw Cupcake selected this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was Crème Brûlée, which 9 out of 10 times is my desert choice in a restaurant. So of course, I used it as an excuse to run out and buy cute dishes and a kitchen torch. Instead of buying six matching dishes, I decided to mix and match. I found the dishes at Cost Plus World Market for only $1.99 each (of course I ended up buy $30 worth of chocolate because it was sale).
For the torch, I went to the new Sur la Table and ended up spending way too much on other kitchen toys.
Using the torch to create the brûlée part of the dessert was a little scary and I’m sure there is a technique to it. Regardless, the burnt sugar was nice and crisp and provided a nice textural difference to the chilled, cremey custard. Crème Brûlée is easy to assemble and make ahead for a dinner party and would certainly wow the guests. I’ve never met someone who doesn’t like it. Simple ingredients: cream, milk, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla.