Orange Ginger Creme Brulee

Orange Ginger Creme Brûlée

By Sally Cameron on February 11, 2013

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Creme Brulee – creamy, rich, and smooth, with a thin layer of  burnt sugar on top. Not many can resist the most famous of custard desserts. Even if you focus on a healthy diet, you don’t have to give up desserts like creme brulee. Keep it for special occasions and keep the portions small. Another tip, use big flavors so that just a few bites will satisfy.

This version of creme brulee utilizes ginger and fresh orange zest for a delicious twist, made in mini 2-ounce ramekins. Just a few bites is all that you need.

Creme Brulee – Creamy Burnt Custard

Creme Brulee is the famous custard with a burnt sugar top. It’s made with heavy cream, egg yolks and sugar. The classic flavor is vanilla. My version uses fresh orange zest and ginger. It pairs perfectly with Seared Scallops with Orange Miso Sauce for a Valentines dessert.

How to Make Creme Brulee

Making the custard is simple. Combine heavy cream and sugar in a small pan. Heat and whisk to melt the sugar. Infuse the cream with lots of fresh orange zest and ginger for 30 minutes. Strain out the zest and ginger. Whisk warm, flavored cream with egg yolks.

Creme brulee in water bath

Line a large flat baking dish with a folded kitchen towel. The towel keeps the ramekins stable. Place ramekins on top of the towel in a flat layer and do not crowd them. Pour liquid custard into 2 ounce ramekins (available at cooking stores and online). Pour boiling hot water half way up the ramekins. This is called a water bath. It enures gentle, even baking for a smooth, luscious custard.

Creme Brulee

Bake custard in a 300 degree (149 C) for approximately 35 minutes, or until the centers are just set and just a little bit wiggly. The best way to test is with a digital thermometer. It should register 170 degrees (76 C) . Don’t worry about the little hole that the thermometer might leave. Your sugar will cover it. Cool, cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

How to burn creme brulee

How to Finish: Sugar and Torch

The Sugar: To create the “brulee” or burnt top, you need a coarse, golden brown sugar.  Look for either demerara or turbinado style sugar. Wholesome Sweeteners and Florida Crystals make high quality, organic, unrefined, natural sugars that work great for creme brulee.

The Tool: To burn the sugar top, the best tool is a blow torch because it melts the sugar quickly without warming the chilled custard. What I’ve found works best is a torch that locks onto a butane can. Here is what I use.

How to Finish and Serve: Remove ramekins from the refrigerator. Blot any condensation on top of the custards with the edge of a paper towel. Put about a 2 teaspoons of sugar on each custard and tap it to cover completely. Pout off the excess sugar for a thin coating.

Light your torch and slowly move it over the sugar. If the sugar starts to burn to quickly pull back a bit. Start with a lower setting, not as intense of a flame, and don’t get too close. When you have completed burning all of the sugar tops, serve and enjoy!

creme brulee


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Mary@SiftingFocus | February 11, 2013 at 11:57 pm

I have never met a creme brulee I didn’t fall in love with and this one sounds like it would be at the top of my list. I love the addition of orange. I’ve never really thought about putting orange in a creme brulee but it is the perfect combination. I’ll definitely be trying this one!

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