The Crème Brulée Curse

I went to Costco and finally decided to get real vanilla beans. They are expensive, but were reasonably priced at Costco at about $1/bean so I decided to buy it. I thought it would be nice to make creme brulee. It sounded like a good idea at the time, since the recipe didn’t call for a lot of ingredients, just the basic milk, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Bill and I went all over town on New Year’s Eve looking for a mini torch for the creme brulee. Apparently a lot of people were buying and asking for them in stores during the holiday season. We finally found one at Kingmills, which is an old store that sells furniture like chairs and bar stools at $1500+ each on one side, and slightly overpriced kitchen stuff on the other side.

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We went to HomeSense after and got some dishes for the Creme Brulee. $6.99 for a set of 3 and I got 2 sets, in case we had friends and family visiting from out of town.

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I had to get them. They reminded me of the creme brulee we had in Quebec City last Summer.

I didn’t take a lot of pictures of me making the creme brulee. There’s not a lot to it anyways, just mix, pour and bake.

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I used the really nice Henckels roasting pan that we have for the water bath.

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Looked promising.

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Using the torch for the first time. It actually took a longer amount of time to burn the sugar than I imagined. I expected it to be almost instant…

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Son of a…..it didn’t set.

Creme Brulees are hard to make. It’s one of those recipes where you have to go through trial and error to get it right. I went online to see where I went wrong, I think it’s because I didn’t warm the milk enough or didn’t put it in the oven long enough. I’ll definitely be making this again until I perfect it. I kind of have to, since I’ve already invested 50 bucks on the torch and bakers that are only good for creme brulees. Boo.

It was quite disappointing but..

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…at least I didn’t have to do the dishes.

Next post is going to be about another dessert!