Friday, March 8, 2013

Cheesy Crème Brûlée ~ FFWD

Cheesy Crème Brûlée for FFWD
We have been away for a month and are finally back home again!  The only thing that keeps going through my head is that song “Gee It’s Good To Be Back Home Again”!!  You remember that old song by John Denver, don’t you? That song just about says it all except, it doesn’t say how much laundry I had to do, or how much mail I had to sift through (it’s incredible how much mail piles up in just a month)! Oh, and then there’s grocery shopping, and last but not least there’s my French Friday recipe!
This week the pick was for Cheesy Crème Brûlée.  I love Crème Brûlée but, was not sure about it being savory instead of sweet. Honestly, I’m still not sure how I feel about these!  The custard came out perfect. I browned the cheese with my torch…they looked pretty! They were creamy and rich! However, when I took my first bite I was expecting sweet. Funny how your mind can play tricks on you!!

I think these would be perfect for a dinner party…next time I will grate my cheese finer 
These were quite easy to put together.  First, Dorie tells you to sprinkle teensy little chunks of cheese over the bottoms of your custard cups (I used white cheddar and parmesan). Then heat your milk and cream just to boiling. While waiting for the milk and cream to come to a boil, whisk the egg yolks with salt, white pepper, and nutmeg. You then add a dribble of the hot milk into the eggs…whisking while adding until you’ve added about ¼ of the milk. This is tricky because, you don’t want to cook your eggs.  I used a small ladle to pour just a small amount of the hot liquid into the eggs.  When the cream and eggs are combined, you divide it among your prepared custard cups and bake.  The recipe says 40-50 minutes, or until your knife comes out clean. However, mine took about 10 minutes longer. 
These were pretty and quite lovely looking!  I think they would be perfect as a starter for a dinner party or, to enjoy with a glass of wine, as Dorie suggests.  Bill liked these…go figure! The cheesy flavor was good but, my mind kept asking "where’s the sugar”! 

I will be spending my day finishing up my Croissants…can’t wait to get these done! Happy Friday everyone!!

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook “Around My French Table”. If you would like to see what the other Doristas are up to check it out here.

I prepared six custard cups, but only filled four…mine were 41/2 inches across 
Ready for the oven

They were creamy and rich tasting...
But "where’s the sugar?"
This is what I woke up to this morning!

38 comments:

  1. Thanks to fantastic menu. I managed to get and it also felt amazing: -)
    I have a website together with wedding cake dishes me personally should you be fascinated. You can find it at http://recipes-for-food.com/

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  2. I am intrigued to say the least...like you, I would be wondering where the sugar was, but I'm always up for trying something odd and new and this seems odd and new to me. Your photos are lovely...well except for that last one with snow, I'm so over the snow this year. lol

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  3. I missed this one, too much food in my refrigerator that I need to eat before I keep on buying more... They look gorgeous Kathy! Maybe if you call them cheese custards... I will try them in the future, maybe add some other flavors too. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. I just didn't have time yet to get these out. I didn't even get a trip and I have piles of laundry to do. lol. I just have a hard time imagining myself sitting down to a bowl of cheese and cream. That is just me I guess. I do want a torch though. So I may just run to the store at lunch today to buy one and use these as the reason to buy a new gadget. Stay tuned. Did you just eat these with a spoon?

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    1. Trevor I had exactly the same thoughts about this dish... it is OK if you are not a cheesy kinda of person, which I suspect you're not.

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    2. Trevor, I did just eat this with a spoon. I wasn’t quite sure how to serve them…at first I thought side dish! I ate one for lunch today, and I liked it better than the first time I tried it! Maybe they have to grow on you!!

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  5. You have the perfect ramekins for this dish... gorgeous.

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  6. They are very pretty! I really loved these little beauties, but I love cheese, so it's no surprise! My husband kinda felt the same way as you at first, but it grew on him. He requested creme brulee for a dessert next time, though! Nice work with these, Kathy!

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  7. For a cheese lover these are heaven! they are really beautiful!
    Mary x

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  8. Kathy, Beautiful job! The sweet creme brulee has a special place in my heart. I did enjoy the cheesy version. I am a cheese junkie.

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  9. I woke up to the same view today :-) At least it was warm this afternoon to melt some of it away!

    Your brulees look lovely - looking forward to seeing your croissants as well.
    Welcome home!

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  10. You have quite a weather change to adjust to! This was good and we enjoyed it but now we want 'real' Creme brûlée ,

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  11. Kathy, they look so perfect. We truly enjoyed these too. Love the picture of snow, it amazing that we are not too
    far from you, and we have no snow. Lucky us. Have a great weekend.

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  12. Welcome home! Your custards look so pretty, Kathy! I woke up to the same view, but then it proceeded to snow another 6-8 inches. It looks good, but I'm exhausted from shoveling. Good thing I had some cheesy creme brulee to enjoy for lunch!

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  13. I haven't made these yet (I'm reading how everyone else did, trying to psych myself up for them) and I too can't seem to get my head around them. I love Dorie, but these just sound weird. I need to stop procrastinating and just go into the kitchen and make them.

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  14. Kathy, wonderful and creamy looking Cheesy Crème Brûlées - what pretty ramekins you used too. There is a major snowstorm in the forecast for the weeekend here - I fear that when I look out of my window tomorrow, the view wil be similar to the one you had.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  15. I didn't get a chance to make these but think I'd feel much the same way about them.

    I'm looking forward to seeing your croissants!

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  16. Creme brûlée for lunch is finally allowed! Yum :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  17. Oh anything with cheese makes me smile! And I love that these are a much different twist than the typical cheey creme brulee that we see. Thank you for sharing! I'm glad I found your blog today!

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  18. enjoy the Bouchon Bakery book and baking the recipes.

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  19. Dear Kathy, I hope you had a nice time.
    The cheese creme brulee look just perfect. I am so tried of take out. I can't wait to cook a real meal with veggies and everything. My kids and myself are still living with ice and a cooler, though it should not be that much longer. I am not complaining this storm sent a lot of people for a loop! and everyone is in the same boat.
    Thank you for your visits and thinking of me. Blessings and xoxo, Catherine

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  20. Yours turned out perfectly, Kathy! I liked them enough that I might consider getting a set of shallower ramekins for these (and for the traditional sweet version, of course). Hope getting things back to normal after your month away goes smoothly.

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  21. So much snow and it's in the middle of March! O my...that's crazy.
    The brulee looks gorgeous, kathy.

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  22. Your brulees look terrific, but I know what you mean about expecting sweet and getting savory.
    Hope you had a great month away! And good luck with those croissants.

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  23. These were a hit at my house! Your snowy view is so pretty. We are having a beautiful weekend in NC...it's suppose to reach almost 70 today! Can't wait to see your croissnts

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  24. They're beautiful, Kathy, but I shouldn't have told Bill they were a savory creme brulee....he had higher expectations. I agree, they would make a fantastic starter (if I cooked them long enough to set!)

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  25. Kathy, your savory Cheese Creme Brulee is such an elegant perfection, I would be so proud to serve it to guests as a first course...they turned out so gorgeous! Sorry to see you come back from sunny Florida to wake up to a 'winter wonderland'...all buried in snow! ...although, it's a beautiful sight:)

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  26. Welcome home! Wow-that looks like a lot of snow to me;-) Soon that patio furniture will be sitting outside in the sun!
    I thought the savory cheesy creme brûlées sounded good but didn't have time to make them -I have such a sweet tooth I would probably be wishing they were of the dessert variety and not savory. Looks like we have a healthy lentil soup coming up next Friday-I will try to make that one! Look forward to seeing your croissants;-)

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  27. Making creme brulee has been on my bucket list for a long time, though I always thought of the sweet version too. The cheesy version sure looks good--I'd be game to try that. May have to buy that torch!

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  28. What an elegant dish! I have the same little ramequins I have no excuse not to make these for the next party, or just for a treat!
    I was amazed at this blanket of snow outside your house! that would be exciting for a day or two!

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  29. With the snow continually in the forecast, I'll take some melty cheese any day (although I know my mind would sing "sweet!") I will be doing these! They appeal to all my senses. Especially my "winter-need-cmfort" sense. No matter what - gee, it's good to be home again, isn't it? Croissants? Brave woman!

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  30. Hi Kathy, I liked these but really wasn't sure why I would ever serve them - it seemed wrong without a crust. You can send some snow here - we are in the midst of a heatwave.

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  31. I've seen a few versions of this. Yours looks wonderful, sounds like a wonderful appetizer or a lunch with one of your croissants and a simple salad, yum!

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  32. Gee Kathy! It seems to me that the winter refuses to leave you there! The brulees look perfect and the torch worked just fine

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  33. I think a month away is more than 'just'; a week at the shore makes my house feel slightly unfamiliar. And yes, the mail, the mail! Hope you enjoyed your trip. Your brulee looks delicious. I had a conference to attend that day for work up in Mercer County. They had about 3 inches of snow. I had about 2 inches in Burlington County. That's March for you!

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  34. Ohhhhh, that picture. I keep getting pictures like that from Colorado also. And, from the Midwest. In the West we need the moisture so badly that we'll take anything you wish to send our way. Your brulée looks delicious. Mine gets the award for looking the worst but tasting??? not bad. They were rich, very rich, and I ended up scooping them up with a cracker. Yours does look like the real deal so maybe that's why you were expecting sugar. I liked the idea of this as an appetizer but will make many changes next time.

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  35. I liked these, but I agree with you that I like the sweet version better.

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