Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Orange Crème Brûlée Spoons

Honestly, I was little worried at first when Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and Lena, from Frozen wings and I have decided to bake crème brûlée for this bake-along. This French name, Crème brûlée is typically known as caramelised sugar coating with a crisp top, paired with velvety custard.

Why am I worrying?... all because of the reason, my family and I don't really like eating crème brûlée. I was afraid that if I can't make a good crème brûlée and we will all have to eat runny or eggy-tasting crème brûlée. What can be worse? The excessive thick sugary crust on these dessert can be too teeth-crunching! And, everything will go straight into the waste bin...I don't like the idea of wasting food and I didn't want this to happen.

Maybe a little bit of brûlée is ok...and so I have decided to "cheat" in this case! My cheat's crème brûlée is actually made in less than 5 minutes! I recall a previous issue of Donna Hay magazine which she has everything to know about crème brûlée, even explaining the technique of brûlée. In the similar issue, she also has a selection of "Quick fixes" for entertaining which includes this "cheating" way of making crème brûlée. To "cheat", all I need to do is to use store-bought vanilla custard and brûlée it with a blow torch! That it! LOL! 

This recipe is fantastic. It creates a great opportunity for me practicing how to brûlée and the small amount of crème brûlée served on a Chinese spoon is just the right amount for us to enjoy this custard with a not-too-much amount of crispy sugary-top.

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quick easy creme brulee spoon
Things that I need to make my "cheating" version of crème brûlée
Not forgetting the store-bought vanilla custard... I'm using the low fat and low sugar one.
Ready to eat!

Here's the recipe from Donna Hay Magazine Issue 58, Aug / Sep 2011.

Place 1/3 cup store-bought vanilla custard and 1 tbsp finely grated orange rind in a bowl and mix well to combine. Place 2 teaspoonful of the mixture into each of 8 ceramic Chinese spoons. 

Sprinkle each spoon with 1/2 tsp white sugar and caramelise with a small kitchen blow torch until golden crust forms.

Tips on how to brûlée (by Donna Hay):

Sprinkle sugar evenly onto the surface of the chilled custard or dessert that you about to brûlée.

Light the kitchen blow torch. Carefully hold the flame 2 cm from the top of the brûlée and heat the sugar evenly for 1 min or until the sugar caramelise and you get an even golden colour and a crisp crust. Don't hold the flame too close to the brûlée or the sugar will burn.

Enjoy the treat

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48 comments:

  1. Zoe I love this! look delicious!!!

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  2. Yum! Crime brûlée is my favorite! I will need five of those spoons!

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  3. Yummm.. Creme brulee, cream caramel.. both of them are music to my ears. For a strange reason, I have always love these egg custard like sweet treat. Perhaps it's the burnt caramelised sugar that is constantly calling out to me and I do have a weak spot and to incorporate Orange into it is simply classic. Delish Zoe! Cheers, Jo

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  4. That's a quick fix for the craving of something sweet! I love the fun of using blow torch!

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  5. hi zoe, i think that's clever to have a quick version that no baking is equired. I also like that you're serving them in spoons. I actually find that it's very filling after just finishing the whole ramekin! haha! you even got a safety goggle? cool, girl!

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  6. Yours is so simple with store bought vanilla custard

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  7. I actually made a creme brulee in Chinese spoons too! Think I will post it up tonight ;) Yours look insanely easy and delicious!

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  8. Hi Zoe,
    This is so cool! Making creme brulee is a fun challenge, just like you, I was kinda worried about the eggy smell, but it turned out great, my kids love it! I have not seen custard like this being sold here, even though have seen some recipes using it! Everyone is making Creme Brulee for the first time, interesting to see each result!

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  9. Hi Zoe,
    Sorry your son was a little scared, I put in the title of the post that it was rated PG. I'm sure he much preferred this yummy creme brulee instead.
    -Gina-

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  10. hi Zoe, this is a great idea to try baking creme brulee and eat them with no guilt :)
    i'll try to bake on thurs / fri, wish me luck! it's a challenge to me too :)

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  11. yum yum yummy..

    foodydelight.com

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  12. This is something new for me.Looks nice :-)

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  13. Hi Zoe! I love these little bake-off's that you challenge yourself to! I am not a fan of creme brulee either but my husband certainly is. I would rather eat a big slice of chocolate cake ;)

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  14. I do like creme brulee, but it's so rich that I think that these little spoons would be perfect. I bet the orange flavor is wonderful! (And I love the hair ties too!) :)

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  15. well I was afraid to have my kitchen burned down too! but torch worked quite well! Love the splendid idea of spoons and a good cheat result!

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  16. What a perfect way to have the dessert without feeling guilty abt it! Love the way you presented it in spoons and also your EXPRESS creme brulee

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  17. Zoe, I've "enjoyed" 3 versions of creme brulee served in ramekin & yours served in a spoon has saved me(from having tooooo much, haha)!

    I like this dessert very much & haven't had it for such a long time! Todya must be another lucky day for me as I'm able to enjoy so many varieties in 1 morning!

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  18. That's a good idea to have creme brulee in spoons. Can easily finish and won't be too much for a craving. Perfect !

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  19. Looks so chic !You know those restaurant that use these Chinese spoon to put their concoction into and people will pay gazillion for one piece ?! lol I just scroll the photos before reading the post and thought how the heck did she bake that gorgeousness ? hahahaha You're such a good cheat , Zoe !

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  20. I love oranges...this recipe sounds yummy!!

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  21. oh, very quick and simple recipe, but i have not seen vanilla custard in store here..

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  22. Hi Zoe, lovely presentation and so much easier and good ideal to use spoons. One mouth full and slurp....

    Yours look good and like your quick and simple recipe.

    Have a nice day.

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  23. Ahhh, now you have a simplified version to everything huh! I love these version, can't eat too many of them!

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  24. Your creme brulee looks good in spoon. Very creative! Hope I got time to join this event too.

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  25. oh I like the idea of a cheat version! :-) looks delicious!

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  26. Love this idea! I'm also not so sure about eggy-tasting desserts and that jelly-like texture. These sound perfect and so easy too!

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  27. I am soso impressed; what a beautiful creation! I didn't know you could buy custard ready made. Really love this presentation.
    Rita

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  28. these are so cool! sounds delicious :)

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  29. I always forget to mention the use of a hair tie! Safety first... ;)

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  30. Love the presentation, looks delicious! I love the cheat :)

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  31. Wow! Amazing presentation! Very CHIC & love the orangy flavor too! I've tried 3 version of crème brûlée over the years but still prefer the cook version though! My version is quite simple , mix everything together , pour in ramekins & place in oven to cook .Usually it's my hubby who'll do the brûlée part, I just look! LOL

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  32. Cream brulee is such a rich dessert and you have done two things to make it lighter. The low fat custard as well as the portion control with the spoons. Also, the spoon serving does make for a wonderful presentation. Well done!

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  33. I love eating creme brulee - serving them on spoons is genius!! Love it :)

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  34. I love this! 5 minute creme brulee - I am in! Love your goggles and hair ties :)

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  35. I think I love your mini version best of all! Beautifully done, Zoe!

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  36. Zoe, very clever of you. If you don't tell, no one will know. Looks good!

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  38. What a brilliant idea!!! and they look SO gorgeous :)
    MM Mary

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  39. Nice cheat on the crème brûlée, Zoe...and I love that you served it on spoons. Very good portion control! But 1 spoon won't be enough for me! :)

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  40. No harm in a bit of cheating! These would be good as canapes. I really want to get myself a blow torch too...I can look professional even if my desserts are not!! ;-)

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  41. This is clever. What I really like is that the serving size is small - just enough to have a taste. They would be nice at a party. Thanks for visiting my blog and it's lovely to meet you! Enjoy your holidays.

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  42. While reading this page I find out this is one of my personal favorite recipes

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  43. bloody brilliant idea! nice way to make sure you don't end up eating too much haha. the trick is knowing to stop at one spoon!

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  44. These look so pretty!!!! Love Creme Brulee and orange cream sounds fantastic.

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