I’ll have to be honest and say that I wasn’t too excited about this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe: Cheesy crème brûlées (p 148). Not that I don’t like cheese but it just sounded odd. A cheesy custard with a cheesy crust on top? Maybe a little too cheesy… But no matter, trying new things is something we are all over at this house and all my friends know that sometimes they will come over for “blog food” that may or may not work and/ or go together! A couple of weekends ago, the lovely Edie came over for brunch and I figured that small ramekins of cheesy brûlée might be perfect for brunch. Basically a savoury custard poured over tiny cubes of cheese, baked at a low temperature for a long-ish period (considering how small they are) and served at room temperature. Easy peasy to make. Even easier to enjoy, so it turns out!
I made them the night before and let them come to room temperature before Mr Neil was allowed to brûlée them with our small blow torch. I didn’t put so much cheese on top because I didn’t want it to be over the top and it was just enough to form a smooth crusty shell on top the savoury, luscious custard. It really was like silk in your mouth – so smooth and so decadently rich. Luckily the ramekins are small and luckily I only made 3 because they were seriously so good that we would have eaten any more that were hanging around! It tasted like a custard version of grilled cheese.
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