Crème Brûlée 101

Crème Brûlée 101
Crème brûlée with burnt sugar “crust.” Don’t let the fancy name fool you. Learning how to make crème brûlée is surprisingly easy. Impressive with its shiny crackling sugar top shielding the silky custard underneath, crème brûlée is the perfect holiday dessert. It can, and should, be made ahead, saving you precious time. Before I could teach myself how to make crème brûlée, I had to get past the name. It intimidated me! Crème brûlée was so, well, “French” and my French cooking skills were minimal, at best. I set out to deconstruct the recipe. I was amazed at how four common ingredients (eggs, cream, sugar, and vanilla) came together easily to make this gourmet dessert. Crème brûlée is a French term for burnt cream. It’s simply a rich egg custard. Think of crème brûlée as a high-class cousin to custard pie, sans the shell. Crème brûlée is baked in a

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