Happy Cooking Sunday! Do you ever wonder or ask yourself why your creme brulee doesn’t have the right texture or right flavor?
Well these tips below will help you perfect your creme brulee and have your family and friends craving over your dessert! Check out these tips below.
First off I have made mistakes on creme brulee when I was going to pastry school and I use to go home and try to perfect my creme brulee. After months of searching and reading on the internet for the perfect recipe, I mastered it down. I just wanted to share the love and help out those who need tips. (I want to give my mom a huge shout out because she taught me how to make an amazing vanilla, and lavender creme brulee.)
The Common Mistakes We Make
- The custard is tepid, and not cold
- The flavors are off
- The custard isn’t creamy and falls apart
- Cooked too long
Tips On The Perfect Creme Brulee
- Use heavy cream
- Do not over cook the custard
- Use a fresh vanilla bean
- Use a kitchen towel to place on the bottom of the water bath, and place the ramekins directly on top
- Demerara and turbinado are my favorite sugars to use to caramelize the tops.
Classic Creme Brulee Recipe
- 4 cups of chilled heavy cream
- 2/3 cups of granulated sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
- 12 large egg yolks
- 12 teaspoons of Demerara sugar
- Place the oven temperature to 300 degrees or 180 Celsius.
- Place the oven rack to the lower middle position.
- Combine 2 cups of cream, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan; with a paring knife, scrape the seeds of the vanilla bean into the pan.
- Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally to ensure that the sugar is dissolved.
- Remove pan from heat and let steep for 15 minutes to infuse the vanilla flavor.
- Place the kitchen towel in the bottom of a large baking dish.
- Bring kettle of water to a boil over high heap at.
- After the cream has steeped, stir in the remaining 2 cups of cream.
- Whisk egg yolks in a large bowl until broken up and combined.
- Whisk about 1 cup of the cream mixture into the yolks.
- Repeat with another cup and whisk to combine.
- Add in remaining cream and whisk until thoroughly combined.
- Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer. (Discard any solids.)
- Ladle the mixture into 8 ramekins, dividing it evenly among them.
- Carefully place baking dish with ramekins on oven rack.
- Pour boiling water into dish, taking care not to splash water into ramekins.
- Make sure to pour enough water so that it reaches two-thirds of the height of ramekins.
- Bake until the centers of custard are just barely set.
- Transfer ramekins to a wire rack.
- Cool to room temperature, about 2 hours.
- Once cooled, set ramekins onto a baking sheet, covered tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until cold.
- Sprinkle each ramekin with 1 teaspoon of Demerara sugar.
- Tilt and tap the sugar so it is distributed evenly.
- Ignite the torch and Caramelized sugar.
- Do not place creme brulee back in refrigerator. That will turn the Caramelized sugar into syrup.