Cinn-a-Spiced Crème Brûlée
December 30, 2018
In partnership with ThermoWorks, I’m going to walk you through the entire Crème Brulee process with helpful tips to make it successful. All opinions expressed here are my own.
FIVE STAR DESSERT
I LOVE hosting a good dinner party– bonus points if it’s themed! Anytime I want to wow the crowd, I know to pull out my Cinna-Spiced Crème Brûlée for dessert. It’s a family favorite and feels restaurant worthy, even at home. The secret to perfectly cooked creme brûlée at home is making sure you don’t undercook or overcook your custard.
Crème brûlée feels like a special occasion dessert, typically one that you might order in a restaurant when you’re celebrating something special. This smooth-as-silk custard is packed with flavor using one of my favorite spice combos – cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Also, this is one dessert where I never skimp on the vanilla bean. Remember that visible pods mean big flavor.
NICE + EASY
Proper temperature control will guarantee that silky smooth texture. While you may feel intimidated by this, it’s much easier than you might think! With simple ingredients and simple steps, your crème brûlée will knock everyone’s socks off. An instant-read thermometer like a ThermoPop or Thermapen is what you’ll need to execute this recipe with ease.
Custards require gentle cooking. It’s the coagulation of egg protein that allows them to gain their structure. Gentle heat is critical throughout the entire cooking process. If the heat is too intense, the egg protein can quickly curdle over the stovetop, or may become too firm after baking in the oven. Maintaining gentle cooking can make or break crème brûlée. There’s no rush here, low and slow should be the name of the game!
GETTING THAT TEMPERATURE JUST RIGHT
When it comes to crème brûlée the custards should bake until the center internal temperature reads 170-175°F — about 25-30 minutes. In addition to a low-temperature oven, I also bake mine in a water bath, also known as a bain-marie where the ramekins are placed in a pan filled with water. Because the water never reaches a temperature higher than that of boiling water, or 212°F, the water helps to slow down the cooking process in these desserts even more.
Finish the custards right before serving after they’ve set up completely. Here’s a tip for that perfectly crisp sugar topping – use a paper towel to blot the surface of the custard to absorb any condensation that may have collected. If you skip this step the sugar will absorb the moisture and require more heat to caramelize the sugar and the burned crust won’t be nearly as crisp.Print