(And because of how I roll, I have got that High School Musical song in my head)
Sainsbury’s kindly sent me a creme brulee kit (sorry, can’t work out how to insert the right symbols), so this weekend I had a few attempts. I have never made it before, or made any fresh custard thing as I always imagine I will end up with a pan of scrambled eggs, so it seemed a good way to try it without that fear.
The kit contained a mixture (made up of cornflour, sugar and free range egg) to which you added cream and milk. It then magically thickened as you heated it.
I used Alpro cream because when I went shopping the dates on the normal creams were not good, and I also thought it would be more fun (?) to try something I had never made before and not follow the recipe. Anyway, it worked- phew!
It looks very pale here because we have no natural light in our kitchen, and it was night time anyway.
You then just poured it into ramekins and chilled, before topping with demerara sugar (also included) and grilling.
That part didn’t go quite so well for me- I think I should have smoothed out the custard before chilling- for some reason I thought it would settle down but of course it didn’t. This meant that the sugar crisped up in places, but didn’t make the proper crunchy top layer. Anyway, it tasted good.
As the pack contained 4 servings, I decided to make something else with the other half of the mixture- a sort of hot cross bun bread pudding (yup, carb loading here). A good way to use up any left over buns.
The start was the same- make up the custard part using the mixture, cream and milk.
I then cut up the hot cross buns, spread them with a little marmalade and poured the custard mixture over.
Are you a creme brulee or custard fan? I quite like them but they are never the top of my dessert list.
*I was sent the kit but all opinions are my own.