Tuesday, September 30, 2008

TWD: Creme Brulee

Finally a new Tuesdays with Dorie, this time picked by Mevrouw Cupcake (I'm probably one of the few in the group that can pronounce that correctly :-)) and what a great pick it was. She choose Creme Brulee, one of my all time favorite desserts. You can find the full recipe in Dorie Greenspan's Baking From My House To Yours, or Mari's blog.

I halved the recipe since there are only three people here at the moment. The custard was easy to make and I 'm getting much more comfortable with making those after making a few different ice cream recipes, flan and my own creme brulee recipe a couple of times.

When I make my own recipe I use a vanilla bean that I steep in the warmed up cream and milk, Dorie's recipe uses vanila extract.
I used the vanilla extract that I brought home from Mexico last April, this is the reason my custard is so dark!
(egg yolks, sugar and vanilla extract)

Since I have the new oven, I still discover new things, one of those tings was that the lowest temperature I get in it (with the door closed) is 230 F, the recipe called for 200 F. I didn't want to end up with ramekins filled with scrambled eggs, so I decided to go the water bath route.
I cranked the oven up to 300 F, put my ramekins in an oven dish, filled the dish with hot water (halfway up the ramekins) and baked them for 35 minutes.
The end result was tasty! Very different from my own recipe, these were not as rich, if I make mine you just want to hang out on the couch for a few hours and not think about food for a while. These were lighter and are a nice alternative if you still have plans after dinner :-)

Thanks a lot Mari for picking one of my favorites!

Next week: Caramel-Peanut-Topped Brownie Cake

Monday, September 29, 2008

I'm Back :-)

It's been quiet a while since I posted here on my blog, I didn't fell of the face of the planet, but thanks to all who asked about my where abouts!

The reason I didn't post anything was that I was remoddelling the kitchen together with my brother. It was some thing that needed to be done for a long time, the old one was probably from the 60's, the stove at least 25 years old. We started a little sooner than expected so I didn't have the time nor energy to post during the process. We took everything out, did new electricity, drains, tiles, ceiling etc. The washing machine was moved to the summer kitchen to free up space for our new 3 foot wide stove. The counter is 9 foot. We put in a dishwasher. Apart from the gas, it was all done by us. And the roof of the summer kitchen and the warm water/central heating unit is replaced too.

But I'm back in business, just in time for tomorrow's Tuesdays With Dorie, picked by Mevrouw Cupcake who lives here in the Netherlands too, didn't want to miss you pick, Mari!!!

What remaines are the before and after pictures, here you go:

Next project, the summer kitchen....