Crème Brulee…what a decadent way to celebrate the festive season
Add some of Peninsula Larders Flavour Pearls for some sparkle and pop instead of fussing with a blow torch…a little safer too… after a few too many wines it’s a good idea to steer clear of naked flame! We have plated ours with Salted Caramel for that traditional caramel flavour. Not keen on caramel? You could try Cherry, Tangerine, Blackcurrant, Passionfruit or even Chocolate. Oh, and we have added a gingerbread Christmas tree for a little festive crunch.
- 3ooml cream
- 200ml milk
- 2 vanilla beans, split lengthways & scrape the seeds
- 5 egg yolks
- 70g caster sugar
- 1 x 50g jar of Salted Caramel Flavour Pearls or 30g Demerara sugar & a blow torch
Preheat oven to 120°C. (fan forced oven)
*These can be made days in advance….very handy when there is so much going on!
To serve…..simply top each brulee with a layer of Salted Caramel Flavour Pearls or sprinkle each brulee with demerara sugar and caramelise using a blowtorch.
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Use an electric beater to beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the golden syrup and egg yolk and beat until combined. Stir in the flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Roll the dough between two sheets of baking paper to about 4 mm thick and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest and firm up.
*The gingerbread can be made up to this point and be kept in the fridge or even freezer weeks in advance if you want to get organized ahead of time.
To finish…I used star cutters in a couple of different sizes to make Christmas trees, but use whatever Christmassy shaped cutters that you have. Place on lined trays about 3cm apart. Repeat with any excess dough.
Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until brown. Remove from oven. Transfer to a rack to cool.
To assemble the trees…I simply melted some dark chocolate (dark simply because I like the combo of ginger and dark) and placed a small blob of chocolate between the layers of ginger stars to hold them together. Dust with some icing sugar just before you serve them…
We hope you enjoy your brulee’s….I bet your friends and family will be talking about them for a while!
Until next time
Rodney & Fiona
“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”
― Roy L. Smith