Food Meet-Up Recipes

White Chocolate Crème Brûlée + Blogger Brunch

March 17, 2014
I am a dessert fiend. I will literally look for any reason to make dessert, bring dessert, and eat dessert. So when Jordana invited Tim, Chris, Tia, Jeff and myself over for brunch this past weekend I knew exactly what I was going to bring… dessert. And not just any dessert, my most favourite dessert on the face of the planet, White Chocolate Crème Brûlée.
White Chocolate Crème Brûlée

Crème brûlée is incredibly easy to make. No really, it is. Sure there’s that moment of panic as you slowly introduce the hot cream to the egg yolks that makes you scream “please don’t curdle, please don’t curdle, pleeease dooon’t cuuuurdle,” but once you’ve made it past that terrifying stage the rest is rather simple.

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White Chocolate Crème Brûlée

recipe via AllRecipes

Ingredients
4 large egg yolks, at room temperature
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
2 cups heavy cream
4 oz white chocolate, broken or chopped into 1-inch pieces
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
6 tsp granulated white sugar

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks with 1/3 cup sugar until smooth.
3. In a medium saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add the white chocolate. Turn off the heat and whisk until the white chocolate is melted. Add 2 tablespoons of the white chocolate mixture to the egg yolk mixture, whisking continually to prevent the eggs from scrambling. Add the remaining white chocolate mixture to the egg yolk mixture. Whisk until smooth. Add the vanilla.
4. Pour into six ramekins or custard cups. Place the cups in a 9 by 13-inch baking pan. Add enough hot water so the cups sit in 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water.
5. Bake for about 45 minutes, until set. Allow to cool, then refrigerate the custards until chilled. Before serving, sprinkle the tops of each ramekin with 1 teaspoon of sugar and place under the broiler until caramelized, 3 to 4 minutes, or caramelize with a brûlée torch.

Thanks again Jordana for hosting and pulling out all the stops for us (seriously, Jordana made us waffles, breakfast egg cups, bacon, madeleine cookies, lattes… the whole nine yards!).

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  • Reply Jordana @WhiteCabana March 17, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    It was my pleasure to host! I loved spending the afternoon with all of you! Your photos really are lovely, Brittany. Thanks for making everything look so good. And thanks for sharing the creme brulee recipe. I think I might actually be able to tackle it…plus, I'm a sucker for new tools and the torch was pretty awesome!

  • Reply Jordana @WhiteCabana March 17, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    p.s. I don't think anyone has blogged about my food before. Ha ha.

    The mini quiche recipe is from A Beautiful Mess: http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2013/02/halfway-homemade-mini-quiche.html They've worked out every time! But sometimes they stick when I don't put enough butter in the ramekin. That's always frustrating. But, seriously, they're easy to make.

    The madeleine recipe is from the Gourmet cookbook (the yellow one).

    The lattes…ah…I'm Italian…this is what I'm used to serving. Not fancy.

    The tofu quiche…you're going to have to ask Tia to share her recipe!

  • Reply EJ @ Not A House, But A Home March 17, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Creme brulee is my favourite!! I always order it when I see it on a menu. I tried to make it once…it was like runny scrabbled eggs! #fail

  • Reply Nancy March 17, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Uh. Mouth is totally watering right now – everything looks so great. Can you believe I've never had Creme Brulee before?

  • Reply Gillian Young March 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Great design…easy to get to all the plants…key to regular maintenance…i.e. garden success!

  • Reply Jean Valjean March 17, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    What kind of wood is it made from?

  • Reply Britt March 17, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks Jim. We considered installing some type of barrier, but then decided against it. We intend on rebuilding this garden in a few years with cedar.

  • Reply Britt March 17, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Exactly! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Britt March 17, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    This is made from pine, but we intend on rebuilding it in a few years with cedar. You can see all the details on how it was built here: http://www.mydailyrandomness.com/2013/04/building-raised-garden-beds.html

  • Reply Britt March 17, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Everything looks good because it WAS good! And yes, you must make this recipe the next time you entertain… or for your parents the next time they get up on a ladder! The torch does add that "awe-factor!"

  • Reply Britt March 17, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Thanks for linking to the mini quiche recipe! I'll be hitting Tia up for the tofu quiche recipe shortly!

  • Reply Britt March 17, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Ugh! The runny-scrambled-eggs-brulee is no good! Introduce the hot cream a little slower while you whisk next time… I assure you it does get easier, and you'll thank yourself later for not giving up!

  • Reply Britt March 17, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Ummm what!? That's crazy! Next time you're at a restaurant you HAVE to order it… and then report back here immediately and let me know your thoughts!

  • Reply Jordana @WhiteCabana March 17, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Great – now everyone knows that I'm the daughter who makes her 70 year old dad climb the ladder to paint because I'm too scared. Perfect. I have to rethink the stories I share! 🙂

  • Reply freedomlover363 March 18, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Really nice raised bed … here's to hoping you grow plenty of veggies in it 🙂

  • Reply Britt March 18, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Thanks! We actually were able to grow lots of fresh veggies and herbs in it last summer. You can find an update here: http://ow.ly/p0TgQ

  • Reply Amber March 18, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Hi, unfortunately 24 inches is not tall enough for me, i will need to add another level to the bed. no big deal tho. my question, did u put down any kind of weed and grass barrier to stop the grass and weeds from takin over?.

  • Reply Terry March 18, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Looks like it would be a great project, Yours turned out fantastic. This would also be nice for someone with mobility issues. A gardener can pretty much make it to their specifications. Thanks for the information and wishing you a grand harvest. Great Growing!

  • Reply Britt March 18, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Hi Amber, thanks for stopping by! We opted not to line the bed with plastic or a barrier as the layer of topsoil is so thick (20 inches thick) that the grass and weeds underneath would be killed anyways. Weeds however will make their way into any bed no matter how high – the seeds are more often than not carried in by the wind or birds. We made sure to stay on top of the weeds (weeding every other day), which made for minimal work and a large harvest! Happy gardening!

  • Reply Britt March 18, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Thanks so much for stopping by Terry! I agree, this type of layout would make it very easy for someone with mobility issues to manage a garden!

  • Reply Jenny Holiday March 19, 2014 at 1:26 am

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LOVE THIS!!!!!!

  • Reply Britt March 19, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Thanks Jenny!

  • Reply S.m. Harris March 19, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    did you line the bed with plastic or anything? I would think that the wood would rot faster if in constant contact with the damp soil.

  • Reply Britt March 19, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    We opted to use untreated pine and not to line the beds, as we couldn't source a non-toxic plastic. We are anticipating the rotting of the wood, and plan to replace the sides with untreated cedar in the next 2 years or so.

  • Reply Joe Roy March 19, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    cool

  • Reply Elna Black March 20, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Can or will you post the directions on how to build this raised garden?

  • Reply Styvette March 25, 2014 at 11:12 am

    How wide is the center and how long are the two pieces in the center? Also what about the width of the two end pieces? Thanks!

  • Reply Britt March 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    The dimensions of the garden is as follows: All sides are all 24 inches tall. The long sides are 15ft. The two inside pieces are 12ft long. The boxes (all around) are a little over 3ft wide. The middle walking area is also a little over 3ft wide (in order to accommodate the lawn mower).

  • Reply eileen March 30, 2014 at 5:39 am

    Why did you choose pine if you have to replace it in 2 years, and why is cedar better?. In your estimation, what are the best products to use for sides, starting with the best to the least. Thanks,

  • Reply Britt March 31, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Eileen. We chose to use untreated pine because it was more cost efficient at the time (half the price of cedar), and the amount of chemicals is much less than that of treated lumbers (we didn't want the chemicals leaching into the soil). Cedar is better compared to pine because it rots a lot slower – yes it will still rot – however the replacement factor will be 2-3 years longer than pine.

    In terms of better materials to use; yes there are better materials that will last much longer than wood, including concrete, plastic, and treated lumbers. It all depends on what you want the final product to look like, if you are aiming to have your garden be organic (no chemicals), and the amount of money you want to invest.

    If you are interested you can find more FAQ's and a downloadable rendering plan for the garden here:
    http://www.mydailyrandomness.com/p/download-drawing-rendering-pdf.html

  • Reply Britt March 31, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    HI Elna, you can find a drawing and rendering plan for the garden here:
    http://www.mydailyrandomness.com/p/download-drawing-rendering-pdf.html

  • Reply Troy Stephens April 10, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Did you put a bottom in the bed or is just setting on the ground? Also, where did you get the corner post lights? I'd love to have a complete plan including all the materials necessary. Finally, how much dirt did it take to fill?

  • Reply Troy Stephens April 10, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Disregard my previous questions…I found the link to the plan. Thanks for sharing! This is my next project for next week.

  • Reply Britt April 10, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Hi Troy, thanks so much for stopping by! Almost all the answers to your questions are on this page: http://www.mydailyrandomness.com/p/download-drawing-rendering-pdf.html

    As for the corner post lights, we got them at Canadian Tire, however you can find similar post lights at Home Depot, Rona or Lowes! Good luck with your build next week!

  • Reply John Johnson April 15, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    You should think about saving the chore of mowing inside the "U" and just pull the sod and mulch.

  • Reply josie53 January 25, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    We stapled in a strong wire netting around the bottom to keep the rabbits or voles/moles from burrowing in. We have many hungry rabbits. Great design – love the corner part.

  • Reply Patti Harding Rooks January 25, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    You did not put some type of weed cloth down.

  • Reply disqus_cgcuhWSZZ5 January 26, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Have you had any difficulty with the sides bowing under the weight of the soil? Did you use an untreated (but rot-resistant) wood like alder or cyprus?

  • Reply Bernie January 26, 2015 at 2:41 am

    Im curious on how you cultivate the garden in the spring and fall?
    Thanks

  • Reply MIMI February 3, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Did you put weed block?? The old grass will take over your garden won't it?

  • Reply Randy February 11, 2015 at 1:23 am

    Raised beds only way to go here on top of mountain…grow rocks here in soil…this goat fencing worked great to support tomato plants as they grew through em

  • Reply Jim Wolf February 14, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Wow Well planed out and Great idea ..Thanks for sharing. .That's Good Medicine. .

  • Reply Sandy February 19, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    I would have left those short side boards off so I could run the wheelbarrows full of dirt right in there to dump them.

  • Reply Tom February 24, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    You do realize putting the vertical supports on the inside, while making it pretty to look at now, will result in bowed cross members from the weight and moisture of the dirt. Gravity is your enemy with this design.

  • Reply Britt February 24, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Thanks for the great idea John! Mulch would definitely save us from mowing.

  • Reply Britt February 24, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Hi Patti, we did not put weed cloth down. There is roughly 2ft of soil on top, so we figured the chances of weeds growing up through that much soil was slim.

  • Reply Britt February 24, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    We have had this garden for 2.5 years and the sides have not started to bow. We used untreated pine, and will likely upgrade the sides to cedar next summer.

  • Reply Britt February 24, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Maintenance is definitely an important step for any gardener. In the spring we remove any weeds and/or roots from leftover plants. We then use a hoe to turn the soil, we add organic rabbit fertilizer, and then rake it to make sure everything is evenly distributed. We always change up our layout so plants aren't planted in the same place every year. In the late fall (October) we simply pull everything out and wait for the snow.

  • Reply Britt February 24, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    We did not use weed block. There is roughly 2ft of soil on top of the grass… we figured the chances of weeds and grass growing up through that much soil was slim. The weeds that do grow are likely the result of seeds being carried by birds, small animals, and the wind.

  • Reply Britt February 24, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Very nice design Randy! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Reply Britt February 24, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Thank you Jim!

  • Reply Britt February 24, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Sandy, that would have been an excellent idea! We did rig up some ramps allowing us to wheel the wheelbarrow up the sides to dump the dirt.

  • Reply Britt February 24, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Hi Tom, thanks for your feedback. We do realize that this garden will not last forever and we will have to replace the boards in the future, but for now it has lasted us almost 3 years, which is seems pretty good to me!

  • Reply Bill Wheeler June 5, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Britt, we built a raised garden that is like yours. We have it 24 inches high, 18 feet long. 12 feet wide and a 4 foot inner planting area all around. It also has a 4 foot grassy walking area in the center of the "U". It is built all with yellow cedar. We really enjoy working in the garden now with no bending. With the yellow cedar it was a little costly, but well worth it. Thanks for your ideas.

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