Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Eggnog brûlée

Eggnog brûlée / Crème brûlée de eggnog

Last Saturday I tuned in for my weekly dose of Ms. Lawson and they aired one of her Christmas episodes – which I confess to have seen three times already, without an ounce of guilt; she got me into holiday spirit even more with her delicious food. My holiday recipe series continues and after the spiced brigadeiros I present you eggnog brûlée.

Don’t be surprised by the hard caramel crust on top of the dessert: I don’t own a torch and therefore tried Donna Hay’s hint of running a hot spoon over the sugar topping; that failed miserably, but I was decided to have a brûlée topping no matter what – even if I had to make some caramel on the side and pour over the custard. It was a matter of honor, after all. :)

Eggnog brûlée / Crème brûlée de eggnog

Eggnog brûlée
from Donna Hay magazine

2 cups (480ml) heavy cream
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons brandy
5 egg yolks
¼ cup + ½ tablespoon (56g) caster sugar
1/3 cup (66g) caster sugar, extra

Preheat the oven to 150°C/330°F. Place the cream, vanilla seeds and bean, cinnamon and brandy in a saucepan over medium heat until it just comes to a boil.
Place the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and whisk until well combined. Discard the vanilla bean and cinnamon sticks and slowly pour the cream mixture over the egg mixture, whisking well to avoid cooking the eggs.
Return to the saucepan and stir over low heat for 6-8 minutes or until the custard thickens and coats the back of a spoon – do not let boil. Pour the custard into four ½ cup (120ml) capacity ovenproof dishes and place in a deep baking dish. Pour enough boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the dishes. Bake for 15-20 minutes or just until set. Remove from the oven, set aside to cool completely then refrigerate for 2 hours or until set.
Top each brûlée with the extra sugar and gently run a hot metal spoon* or brûlée blow torch over the top until sugar caramelizes – since I don’t own a torch and the spoon-technique failed, I prepared some caramel and poured over the set custard.

* the spoon might get permanently tarnished

Serves 4


Julia @ Mélanger said...

I saw the title of this post, and immediately thought, "ohhhhhhhhh, yum!"

I love brûlée. I never used to have a torch (but do now!), though before then I used to put my brûlée under a hot grill for a little while to brown up.

I've never heard of the hot spoon trick!

Anyway, love the dish. So very festive!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

That cracked caramel looks to die for! Love your creative way around not having a torch.

Barbara said...

Wonderful, Patricia! I love eggnog and I adore brulee!

Chocolate Shavings said...

Yum! The top of that brulee looks amazing!

kellypea said...

Gorgeous idea! I have some neglected egg nog in the fridge that needs a home ;) Love the way you did the top -- genius!

Jamie said...

Brulee is something I have always wanted to try to make at home. I haven't tried to make it yet, because I don't own a torch. I will have to try this soon. Brulee is a favorite dessert of husband and me. It was the first dessert we shared as a couple.

Anonymous said...

That looks so darn good - I could totally handle your wonderful caramel too :)

Abby said...

The spoon thing would be disastrous in my kitchen. Lucky thing for me I have a torch!

And my husband loves eggnog. Do you see what's in MY future?

Anonymous said...

This sounds like such a great holiday dessert. I made creme brulee once and just moved one of the racks in my oven up to the top and set it on broil until the sugar melted. It's not fool-proof, but I don't have a torch either :)

anna said...

Yummmmm. I was thinking of making exactly this with my leftover egg yolks from holiday baking this month.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I don't love eggnog, but my family adores it and would worship my feet (for about the time it took to eat this) if I made it for them.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Julia, I plan on buying a torch soon, this month if possible!
And thank you for the tip.

Pam, thanks!

Xiaolu, thank you!

Barbara, I hope you give this a try!

Jen, thank you!

Kelly, thank you!

Jamie, tks for visiting! And I love the special meaning the dessert has to you and your loved one.

Alicia, I'm glad you liked it, thank you!

Abby, I'll be buying a torch too!
I see what's in YOUR and your hubby's future, sweetie. ;)

Ivory Pomegranate, tks for stopping by! And thank you for the tip, too!

Anna, I hope you like it!

Lynn, you should keep it for especial situations, then. ;)

Ash said...

I love this!! Such great flavors and so festive!!

Anonymous said...

Brilliant! This looks amazing and perfect for the holidays!

RecipeGirl said...

I'm an eggnog fanatic... and I've put a mini-torch on my Christmas wish list! Looks absolutely wonderful!

eatme_delicious said...

Eggnog brulee?? Yum! Before I had a torch I used to use the broiler in the oven to caramelized the sugar on top. Works pretty well! I'm impressed with how perfectly the caramel you put on top worked out. =)

Brilynn said...

I missed out on eggnog entirely this year and I feel like Christmas wasn't the same without it... I may have to make some to make up for it and it sounds even better in brulee form, (regardless of how you got the sugar crust...).

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