This year, many of us Doristas exchanged Christmas cards, and some, including Dorie, herself, sent favorite family recipes. So, our challenge for this week is to make up a recipe we’ve missed, or one we’d received. Although some of the recipes were amazing, I elected to make up a missed recipe, Dorie’s Crème Brûlée. This beloved dessert is deceptively easy to make. The only thing you really need is time. Mixing the cream is easily and quickly accomplished by hand. Now comes the waiting. The Crème Brûlée bakes at only 200 degrees. The recipe calls for 1 hour in the oven, but I found that they needed much longer to set, as did some of my fellow Doristas who made this recipe 3 years ago. Then, it rests in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours before you add the sugar and caramelize it with a culinary torch.
The real surprise is the tiny bit of raspberry jam tucked in to the bottom of each dish. In truth, I love the cream custard better than the caramelized topping, so if I’d planned ahead, I would have made Dorie’s non-brûlée version with fresh berries.
We enjoyed this creamy dessert as a sweet ending to our Christmas dinner.
Joyeux Noel, Doristas!