3 Delicious + Unexpected Twists on the Classic Creme Brulee
Celebrate National Creme Brulee Day (yup!) with these unique takes on the traditional, torched dessert.
Creme brulee, also known as "burnt cream," is "simply" a sweet dessert with a custard base and a crunchy, carmalized sugar top created just before serving (at room temperature, mind you). Francois Massialot has been credited with the origination of the creme brulee in his 1691 cookbook, Nouveau cuisinier royal et bourgeois. I tip my summer hat to you, Francois.
To celebrate National Creme Brulee Day, I'll share my favorite CB spot. Bouchon, a French comfort food spot in Asheville, N.C., has the most divine lavender creme brulee in the world. Big statement, right? I swear by it.
Mouth watering yet? We all know the classic creme brulee with its vanilla custard base, but these creative twists take it to the next level.
Served in a freshly sliced pineapple and gently torched to perfection, this island-inspired twist on the traditional creme brulee is the perfect salute to summer.
Make It: Pineapple Creme Brulee
Dessert For Breakfast
This dish combines the sweetness and decadence of creme brulee with delicious breakfast bites for a healthy yet satisfying summer dessert.
A Savory Serving
Tiny ramekins filled with lobster, parmesan and corn are just the right amount for a warm-weather meal.
Make It: Lobster Corn Creme Brulee
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