Spring….

 

It is officially SPRING TIME!!!! I am so happy about it that I need to say it out loud.

Somehow I feel like I don’t have enough words to say how much I love spring and the  warm weather and the blue sky and the sun and the birds singing and the happy faces that you see everywhere ….and my list can continue forever.

and what is better than creme caramel to celebrate such a great season? …my answer is nothing. You would think creme caramel is sugary, has a smooth texture and it would match better the winter, but for me is smooth, it has the caramelized sugar competing with the delicate texture, is just like spring sometimes sunny but trying to fight the morning chill, full of contrast but yet so great.

To make the creme caramel I used the recipe of Julia Child (with a little twist), I am still gathering some courage to try her coq au vin or her boeuf bourguignon.

crème renversée au caramel 

serves 4-6 people

 

caramel

110 grams sugar

60 ml water

custard

480 ml  milk (I used 200 ml heavy cream and 280 ml milk)

150 grams sugar

2 eggs

4 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla extract, or 1 vanilla bean

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a small saucepan, combine ½ cup sugar with ¼ cup water. Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Increase the heat to high and cook, without stirring, until the syrup turns a light caramel color. Remove the saucepan from the heat and dip the bottom into cold water to stop the cooking. Pour the caramel into a 4-cup charlotte mold, and tilt so that it covers the bottoms and sides. Let cool.

In a small saucepan, bring the milk and vanilla to a boil. In a heat-proof bowl, beat the eggs, egg yolks and cup sugar until blended. Whisking constantly, pour the hot milk into the egg mixture; let rest for a few minutes, then strain. Pour the custard into the caramel-coated mold.

Put the mold in a small but deep baking or roasting pan, and add hot water to come about two-thirds up the sides of the mold. Place the pan on the stove over medium heat, and bring the water to a simmer. Transfer the pan to the oven. (The water should stay at a low simmer at all times; do not let it boil or the custard will over cook.) Bake until a knife inserted into the center of the custard comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Keep the custard in the baking pan until the water cools. Remove from the pan to finish cooling. To serve, run the tip of a knife around the top of the custard to loosen it. Invert a serving platter over the mold and quickly turn it over again. Carefully remove the mold.

Source : NY Times

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4 thoughts on “Spring….

  1. This is one of my favorite desserts. Heaven, pure heaven. Here are a couple things I’ve learned along the way. You don’t really need to add water to the sugar when making the caramel. Up to you. Never make it in a dark colored pan. You can’t see the color change of the caramel which is key. I’m sure you already know this. I don’t think there’s any need to dip the bottom of the caramel pan into cold water if you pour it immediately into the charlotte mold.

    You will love Julia’s bouef bourguignon. I have made it many times. I’ve never come across better. Follow her recipe and don’t be tempted to use a leaner cut of meat. Chuck with good marbling is perfect. She always blanches her bacon first. I use a really good bacon like smoked applewood and don’t blanch it. I like the smoky flavor and you’re only going to add it as lardons anyway.

    I love your gorgeous spring photos!

    Happy happy cooking!

    • Thanks a lot for your tips. I remember my mum used to make the caramel without water and I still associate creme caramel with the sound of caramel cracking in the ramekins :-). I need to try the boeuf bourguignon, thanks for the encouragement, I will let you know how it turned out.

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