Back to dessert for today’s offering at our #DoodlewashDinner with this little dish of Crème Brûlée and some assorted berries. For anyone unaware of this dish, it’s typically served as a rich vanilla custard topped off with a wonderfully thin layer of hard caramel. The latter done as the final step when the sugar on top is flamed with a torch turning it into burnt cream. Since the English name of Burnt Cream doesn’t sound particularly appetizing, we’ll stick with the French sound of Crème Brûlée. Though rather decadent in its original recipe, Philippe found a recipe online using yogurt instead of custard that was surprisingly delicious (enhanced with a little Grand Marnier).
Though the yogurt version was far healthier, I do love the real deal. It’s one of the few “elegant” desserts that I even managed to encounter during my suburban Midwest childhood. As a kid, though, the hard caramel wasn’t a favorite of mine even though it provides most of the sweet flavor. I used to chip it and slide it to the side so I could dig into the creamy custard underneath. I just liked the smooth texture and lightly sweet taste of the custard and the crunch of the caramel got in the way. As an adult, however, I devour the entire thing with absolutely no fear at all.
I’ve always preferred vanilla over chocolate, so this dessert has been at the top of my list of faves. I even love the way it’s served in individual little ramekans as if to say this is clearly not meant to be shared. Yes, I’ll happily devour this entire thing by myself and scrape every last bit of it up with the spoon. But today, I’m having yogurt dressed up in Crème Brûlée drag and imagining it’s the real thing in a doodlewash dream. While it’s always good to be healthy, it’s equally good to treat ourselves every now and again, so I’m looking forward to my next encounter with this delectably fabulous burnt cream.
You’re all invited to a Doodlewash Dinner Party during the month of May! Just tag your food or drink image #doodlewashdinner and I’ll feature you and your culinary creations in a delicious Doodlewash Gallery at the end of the month!
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