Monday, January 24, 2011

Nutella Crème Brûlée

I love baking for you. Yes, you. Especially if you're okay with me creating off-the-wall cupcakes made out of bacon and broccoli and beer. I just don't want to ever get stuck in a baking rut. If I don't feel inspiration, I don't want to force it. God forbid I just give you recipe after recipe of vanilla, chocolate, or red velvet.

Luckily, there is a lot of inspiration out there on the interwebs. Google is a strange and dangerous place. Flikr is full of colour and imagination. Twitter always buzzes in your ear with new tips and tricks. There is no way your inspiration should end. But, without initiative, inspiration means diddly-squat. That's why I love online baking challenges. We've been involved in Cupcake Hero, Iron Cupcake, and Mystery Box these past couple of years. They have inspired us to get real creative and, dare I say it, downright freaky. The best thing about these contests isn't the prizes, but the sweets they inspire.

Let me give you an example:

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Much to Mr. C's chagrin, I have never made a crème brûlée. It always seemed snooty, complicated and dangerous. But then I discovered Dessert Wars. A new online competition which inspires sweet tooths (teeth?) everywhere. This month's theme was peanut butter's super delicious little brother - Nutella. It seemed simple enough. But we are not one for simple. No cookies or cakes for us this time. We needed to go bigger. And, with nutella as our inspiration and Dessert Wars powering our initiative, we decided to conquer our first Dessert Wars with gusto. Gusto filled with crème brûlée.

I promise you, crème brûlée is not snooty. Nor is it complicated or dangerous (unless you leave Mr. C alone with the blow torch for too long). It's a really simple. And, lets face it, it's really impressive. So, if you are out wooing a gentlemen or gentlelady, listen up. The road to love is paved with two things:

Crème brûlée and Nutella.

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Nutella Crème Brûlée
adapted from Cooks Illustrated

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 vanilla bean
3 egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar, plus additional for dusting
2 tablespoons Nutella, melted

1) Preheat your oven to 325F. In a sauce pan add your cream, the scrapped insides of your vanilla bean, and your bean husk. Heat over medium until it just starts to foam up and boil. Take off right away and set aside.

2) While the cream is cooling, whip your sugar and egg yolks until light and creamy. Take your cream and pour it through a strainer, taking out the vanilla bits and husk. Pour a bit of your cream slowly into your yolks and whisk slowly to temper. Now pour your tempered yolks into the rest of your cream. Stir, add the melted nutella, and keep stirring until everything is combined.

3) Pour about a cup into per ramekin (you'll use four ramekins in total). The ramekins in an ovenproof casserole dish and pour enough water so that it reaches just below halfway up the ramekin. Place the dish into the oven and cook for about 30-35 minutes, or just until the centre is nice and jiggly.

4) Carefully remove the ramekins (with tongs!) and transfer to the fridge for about 3 to 4 hours so the mixture can set completely. When you're ready to consume, take the ramekin out of the fridge, sprinkle with sugar and torch the top of the sucker until nice and dark.

Because this is a contest, we have to mention the prizes!


Lina Thomlinson said...

This is sheer madness! You are a genius! I'll have to try this recipe to help use up the two jars of Nutella my mom gave me for Christmas.

Monet said...

Genius! I've never made creme brulee either (mostly because I don't have the patience to get all of those accents right!) But yours looks and sounds amazing! Great way to use Nutella. Thank you for sharing!

Jason Phelps said...

I my wife sees this recipe I am screwed! I will be making it all the time.


Reeni said...

This is such a unique use for Nutella! I bet it just melts in your mouth. Wish I could taste test it! Thanks for sending it to Dessert Wars!

April said...

So... yeah... I just licked my computer screen!

Faith said...

omg..this looks sooo GOOD!
Good Luck in the contest!

The Food Hunter said...

love this!

The Food Hunter said...

love this!

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