Creme Brulee is a custard dessert prepared by water bath baking then finished by torching sugar crystals on top creating a hard-caramel topping. On its simplest form, it is only flavoured with vanilla but a variety of fruits can be used to give it an additional flavour and texture. Popular fruits used are berries but lychees, passionfruit, lime, pumpkin and even lemongrass can be used.
Creme brulee has been existing since the late 1600’s and the earliest reference to it appeared in François Massialot’s 1691 Cookbook Cuisinier Royal et Bourgeois, since then it slowly gained popularity until the 1980’s where it went viral. This dessert is known by many names Crème brûlée being the most popular by it is also called or known as burnt cream, crema catalana or Trinity cream.
We barely make this because for Filipinos we have something similar and more popular in our home country, the leche flan, concept is the same where egg yolks, milk and sugar is used but cooking method used is by steaming it. Bear in mind a common Filipino household does not own an oven so for the commoner the idea of making Creme brulee is out since we can make our own one by steaming. Today I will be making it using fresh blueberries while I don’t have a torch available with me I improvised using the highest grill setting on my oven. It may not look similar but it still tastes the same with the crunchy caramel top.