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Easy Lightened Creme Brulee

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2017. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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Lightened Creme BruleeCreme Brulee in French means “burned cream”. As much as I love rich foods, the thought of eating heavy cream and egg yolks (more fat) is too much even for me. However, loving everything of the brulee/flan/pudding family I wanted to find a way to still enjoy this dessert. The cream brulee under the crackling sugar coating can still be enjoyed but with a lighter touch. If you can find Tahitian vanilla, use it by all means for an unforgettable flavor. It can be found on the internet. If not, look for Madagascar vanilla to get the most flavor.

I have seen recipes that talk about creme brulee as being a mystical, magical recipe to follow.  I’m not sure what they are talking about.  This is so easy, I didn’t even provide how to photos.  Basically you whisk everything together, put in in a waterbath, bake and chill.  However, my post “Milk Chocolate Creme Brulee” post has photos to guide you should you wish. Continue reading

Milk Chocolate Creme Brûlée

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2017. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
ALL PHOTOS BY PASTRIES LIKE A PRO UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

Milk Chocolate Creme BrûléeCreme Brûlée has almost become a national dessert.  There is scarcely a restaurant that doesn’t have some version of this French favorite.

Many years ago when I was visiting my son in LA, Eric, Jolene and I went to Il fornio restaurant.  I don’t remember what I had as an entree but I sure do remember the Milk Chocolate Creme Brûlée.  If memory serves me right I had two!  A year or so later when I went for another visit, Jolene and I would go back for more.  When they had no tables, we were very happy to sit at the bar so long as we could have our creme brûlée.

The Milk Chocolate Creme Brûlée is inspired by the one I so loved. There is a hint of fennel and orange, a classic Italian duo along with milk chocolate.  However, I warn you this is a once in a while treat.  I don’t think I have ever made anything with so much fat in it.  From 40% or heavy cream, to half and half, egg yolks and then, of course, the chocolate – milk chocolate no less. Continue reading