The Man-of-My-Dreams is still working out of state,
but I'm not gonna let that stop me from having a wonderful Valentines Day treat.
Sure... chocolates are nice.
Cake is yummmy.
You can almost never go wrong with Ice cream.
There is a cookie that fits any occasion.
But the day that celebrates Love must have something special.
When I think decadent, creamy, love.. I think Creme Brulee!
Now... You all know by now that I am not a fancy-schmancy kinda cook.
But Creme Brulee is not hard!
It is down right easy if you ask me.
It does take some time.
But there is no reason you cant make it your self.
All you need is Cream, sugar, eggs, vanilla and a few tools.
I'm gonna show ya how!
- 1 quart heavy cream
- 1/2 -1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 10 egg yolks
- pinch salt
- 3/4 cup sugar
- Use 6-oz. ramekins.
- Heat the oven to 325°F.
- Heat the cream or cream and milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat until scalded (you'll see small bubbles on the sides of the pan).
- Split the vanilla bean in half, if using, and scrape the seeds into the cream.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, slowly whisk the sugar and salt into the egg yolks.
- Slowly temper the hot cream into the sugar/yolk mixture.
- Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a pitcher or measuring cup.
- Stir in vanilla extract if using.
- Arrange the ramekins in a baking dish with deep sides, pour the mixture into the ramekins, Fill the baking dish with water to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins and cover the dish with foil.
- Bake until just set, 25 to 50 min.
- Remember to start checking early; baking time will depend on the thickness and depth of your ramekins and baking dish.
- Carefully remove the baking dish from the oven and let the ramekins cool in the water bath.
- Remove, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.
- Topping: sprinkle a light layer of sugar over each cold creme brulee just before serving.
- Caramelize either using a propane torch by passing over the sugar or putting under a broiler.
I was very excited to use my kitchen torch!!
I got a little carried away...
Tomorrow, I'll show ya what a lonely woman on Valentines Day with a bottle of wine & Torch can do in a kitchen.