Crème Brûlée has always been one of my favorite desserts to order in a restuarant. Little did I know there are multiple ways to present this decadent dessert. The most advanced chefs serve this dessert with the flame still roaring high, letting it burn out in front of their guests. I once offended a waitor in Italy when I hurried across the table to lean over and blow out the dessert he was presenting to our table. I mean who carries an uncontrolled flame across a crowded restaurant? I was just trying to help the guy out until I saw his expression and was immediatly embarassed. My husband’s family never lets me forget my humble beginning to the art of food presentation. But here we are and I am making beautiful crème brûlées and so will you!
Ina Garten has many fool proof recipes and this is one of them. I have seen countless Barefoot Contessa episodes and I am obsessed. Her directions are always easy to follow and helps make cooking a breeze!
Crème Brûlée tends to intimidate people and it really shouldn’t. You do not need a culinary torch to make a successful crème brûlée. You can simply put it under a broiler… but do not take your eyes off it. (Although a torch will make it easier to control the flame and make your guests think you are a top chef!) Crème brûlée is French for burnt cream for a reason, be careful and don’t overburn it.
- You can leave out the Grand Marnier if you don’t usually have this in your liquor cabinet. Although it gives the crème brûlée the perfect hint of orange. Try adding a tablespoon of Grand Marnier to your whip cream to change things up!
- This recipe calls for pure vanilla extract but sometimes I like to use a real vanilla bean when I make crème brûlée. Keep in mind it will take longer to prep and a vanilla bean can be hard to find under $15. Also make sure to strain it out before pouring it into the ramekins.
- Again, if you are not using a culinary torch, do not take your eyes off the ramekins under the broiler. It can burn very quickly if you are not watching.
- TASTE: Decadent!
- TIME: Prep time is about 10 minutes & bake time is 35-40 minutes.
- TROUBLE: Pretty simple, read the directions fully before starting the recipe.
I love making Ina’s Crème Brûlée when I am having friends or family over. This is a great dessert to make ahead of time and it is always a hit!