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Friday, August 31, 2012

Minty crème brûlée

First of all, apologies for the blurred picture. Tech issues. Don't ask :).
Second of all, if, like us, you're a fan of Crème brûlée (creamy custard French dessert with a cruncgy caramel burnt topping), why not try it in its topless (yes we're aware of how that sounds :D ) and mint-flavored version? It's as delicious as any custard dessert ready made in supermarkets, only healthier and fresher.

Last year: pregnancy-induced break from cooking. :)

Ingredients (serves 5):
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 50 g sugar
  • 500 ml heavy cream (33% fat)
  • 3-4 tablespoons mint syrup
  • 1/3 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • a drop of green food coloring

Preheat oven to 150 degrees C. Put a large pot of water to boil. Combine cream, sugar, mint syrup, food coloring and salt in a large saucepan and start heating it. In a separate bowl, combine the yolks and vanilla.

When water starts to evaporate from the cream mixture, turn off the heat. Incorporate a little cream mixture into the yolks, then more and more until they're completely mixed.

Fill a tray with the hot boiling water. Pour the cream mixture in 5 little ramekins (or bowls) and place them in the tray so the water level is at about half their height:

Place them in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes. Take out, allow to cool, then chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours or more.

Serve with water, tea, or strong dark hot chocolate. Dig in! :)


  1. I have 3 mint lovers in this family that would love this topless creme brulee! I'd serve it with a little fudge sauce on the side :)

    1. That is really nice idea I'm surprised we haven't though about.

  2. I LOVE the color of this. I bet it would be wonderful with a bit of chocolate sauce!


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