TJ writes: So this is my Chocolate Banana Strawberry Creme Brulee recipe, previously requested by SteffQ. Enjoy!

Chocolate Strawberry Banana Creme Brulee

Instructions

What you need for the creme brulee:

  • 1 1/4 cups 35% cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract or a vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 5 ounces dark or bittersweet chocolate, chopped finely
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Cane sugar for topping

What you have to do with it:

  1. Take the cream, and the vanilla bean if you have one (including the seeds), and heat it up in a double boiler for a good 10 - 15 minutes. If you have vanilla extract, keep that for later.
  2. When the vanilla infused cream is nice and hot, pour it over the chocolate, and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Mix the cream and the chocolate until well combined, and place over the double boiler for another 5 minutes or so, or until everything is melted.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk the sugar and the egg yolks in a seperate bowl until they are pale and frothy.
  5. Slowly (and when I say slowly here, I mean old lady on Motrin slow) pour in the chocolate cream mixture over the eggs while whisking to prevent your eggs from scrambling.
  6. This procedure (bringing the eggs up to the cream’s temperature) is called tempering.
  7. Now, take your egg-cream-chocolate mixture and put it back on the double boiler, and cook it until it thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon, another 5 - 8 minutes.
  8. When it hits that stage, take it off the heat and throw it in the icebox. This extra step will make your creme brulees extra creamy.
  9. Once the mixture is cooled down, pour it into the equivalent of 4 4oz ramekins.
  10. Place the ramekins in a bain marie and bake until the custard is set, about an hour in a 300 degree Farenheit oven.
  11. Now, once your custard is cooked and set, take them out of the bain marie, cover them and throw em’ in the fridge.

While they cool down, do the following:

The Topping - Strawberry Banana Flambee

What you need:

  • 1 - 2 bananas, not too ripe, sliced
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Appleton Estate Jamaican Rhum or your favorite dark rhum (Crown Royal works well also)
  • A splash of water
  • A match
  1. On medium heat, melt the butter until it bubbles and a fragrant nutty aroma is present (essentially, you’re browning the butter, a crucial flavor enhancer).
  2. Throw in the the fruit, and cook them for 2 - 3 minutes, or until they get a bit of color.
  3. Now, here’s the hard part if it’s your first time doing this: the flambee. Please, if you don’t feel up to it, DON’T DO IT! The flames can reach up to 2 feet high. This is dangerous, but the end result is just sooooo good. So what you want to do is pour the rhum around the pan, wait 2 - 3 seconds for the excess alcohol to burn off, and light it with the match. Now, if you have a gas stove, just tip the pan forward, the heat will ignite it. Once it is lit, dont let go of the pan’s handle, but take a step back and keep the pan moving. If it is done right, the flames should be a bright blue/red/violet and should last a good 15 - 20 seconds.
  4. Add the water and let the liquid cook down until thick and syrupy. Take it off the heat and let it stand.

Final steps

  1. Now, once the creme brulees are cool, take them out and sprinkle some sugar on top, enough to cover the entire surface area.
  2. Using a torch, melt the sugar, going in a concentric circular pattern, from the exterior all the way into the center.
  3. Once the sugar is a dark golden brown, stop torching it and let it sit until the sugar is hard, about 30 seconds.
  4. Now, take the flambeed fruit and scoop it on top the creme brulee.
  5. This is optional, but I like to sprinkle a couple drops of rum on top and light that too. It makes for a great presentation, especially at dinner parties.

The contrast of textures, the hot, cold, crunchy, and soft and the flavours will just blow you away. So there it is, my once secret Chocolate Banana Strawberry Creme Brulee recipe. I hope you guys love it as mcuh as I do.

 
recipes/chocolate_banana_strawberry_creme_brulee.txt · Last modified: 2007/02/10 06:28 by Fresh Foodie
 
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