Creme Brulee experiment

(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.

2015-04-03 18.26.48I 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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

2015-04-06 20.50.57I baked it in the oven for 15 minutes just to warm the buns through. Super tasty and pretty easy to make.

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.




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12 thoughts on “Creme Brulee experiment”

  1. LOVE hot cross bun bread and butter pudding! That sounds amazing 🙂 It’s such a good dessert for using up stale bread – it transforms it! As long as it hasn’t gone mouldy, that is! 🙂

  2. I LOVE custard & homemade is always best but because I am lazy I generally buy the “taste the difference” ones and they are scrummy.
    Excellent idea with the hot cross buns but I immediately drizzled that with melted chocolate … YEAH you see why I have to stay AWAY from sugar & chocolate heehee 🙂

    1. Ha ha I did think about using some choc shot sauce but in the end I thought it was enough already! 🙂

  3. I’ve been thinking about making a hot cross bun bread and butter pudding with all of the ones that we have left over. It just sounds delicious! I’ve never made my own custard before as I’m too scared that I’m going to end up with a lumpy mess and always by the expensive supermarket ones.

    1. I think buying the ready made ones is a good idea too- I am still not sure if I am brave enough to make my own!

  4. I’m not a fan of creme brulée (no idea if that’s the right accent on the right ‘e’ – I just always remember from French classes that you hold down Alt and press 1 3 0!). It’s a disappointing dessert for me as it’s just too creamy without any real ‘substance’, you know? I’m sure yours were lovely though.
    HOWEVER, the second dessert is RIGHT up my street – they sound divine!! Bread and butter pudding with an Easter twice. Yum yum yum!!

    1. I like custard but normally with things- I was thinking about an apple crumble creme brulee or something, but in the end I wasn’t really sure where to start!

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