This week in my baking adventure I attempted to bake the perfect Creme Brulee. It is a seeminly simple. Only four ingredients – eggs, sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla. Should be impossible to mess up right? WRONG! In order to fully succeed at creme brulee, one must be very precise and exercise some technical baking skills. Not for the faint of heart that’s for sure.
So what made me think I could tackle this difficult classic French dessert? I wish I had a cool answer for this, but the truth is I just love the way it tastes and would love to be able to make it whenever I wanted it! So once again, I turned to good ol’ Pinterest for my recipe. One immediate change I knew I would have to make is using vanilla extract instead of an actual vanilla bean. Regardless, I was ready to channel my inner Julia Child and this dessert a try.
The lack of vanilla bean was just a minor inconvenience more than anything. However, me not having a cooking torch could possibly result in teh sessert being ruined. I mean, I was trying to make a creme brulee….the brulee part is pretty important! Luckily, this particular recipe described a second technique that could give that ‘brulee’ effect. In order to do this I simply set the oven to broil and kept the door open. I then just kept a close eye on my desserts to ensure the sugar topping would not burn. In the end, I think I was too worried about burning it and took it out a bit too early. Although it still formeda nice ‘crust’, it wasstill slightly grainy as a result of the sugar not being heatedlong enough. Next time I will bite the bullet and use the actual torch I have. I will just be sure to have a fire extinguisher on hand!
Baking the creme brulee was not my biggest challenge this week though. Creating one single video depicting the whole baking process was. In order to do this I took 12 different videos of my baking process. I then downloaded a program called Movavi onto my computer. This tool allowedme to merge these 12 videos into one, while cutting out parts I did not think I needed. Because it was my first time using this software I messed up on one of my cuts, and took out a bit too much. To make matters worse, whenI went to uploadthe video to YouTube I was informed that if I did buy the complete version of the software there would be a ‘stamp’ on my video and no audio! Oy vey! I published it anyway, and am making it my goal to find a FREE editing tool for my next video!
Even if the dessert and the video did not work out perfectly, I was quite pleased with how I stepped out of my comfort zone and learned some new techniques with baking and new techniques with technology! Until next time….