Oh dear. I was SO excited for this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe. SO excited. Crème brûlée – our absolute favourite dessert. The one we have to order in every restaurant we can find it in when we are travelling in France. I’ve made this before, with much success. I had no reason to doubt that Dorie’s recipe would be a smashing success so I invited people over for a “blog food dinner” (where they get to eat an odd assortment of food I need to cook for blog posts) and this was to be the pièce de résistance.
Sadly, this was not meant to be. I mean, it looked ok. And tasted wonderful.
But it never set. This recipe calls for cooking them at a very low temperature (200˚F) for 50-60 minutes without using a waterbath. And even after 1 hour and 10 minutes, it never set. Well at least not in the dishes I have used with much success before. In thicker ramekins, with a tiny amount of the mix, it set ok – and I only used those because I had a tiny bit of leftover mix but they were way too tall to be proper crème brûlée dishes. But in the proper, shallow dishes I have used before (with a higher temperature and a water bath), these never set. Even after over a day in the fridge. Even after being in the freezer. Even after re-cooking them (I KNOW – so wrong but I was desperate). So, we had dessert soup.
I did some research and found a lot of people in the Tuesdays with Dorie baking group had had some issues with this recipe as well (of course I did this after I had already made the dish) – I wish I had read that before I made this. Next time? I would definitely cook them at a higher heat. Failing that, I might try adding a water bath. I mean these were tasty enough. Just soupy 🙁
(sorry Dorie. I feel bad…. but hey, in 61 weeks, one recipe that didn’t work out is ok. Yes people 61 weeks. I have not missed one!)
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