Friday, February 24, 2012
I confess. I found and made this recipe for 2 reasons and 2 reasons only. 1, we had leftover mascarpone cheese we didn't know what to do with, and 2, it sounded like it would be pretty and I wanted to take pictures of it!
-1 Cup Heavy Cream -3 Egg Yolks
-1/4 Cup Mascarpone Cheese -1/8 Cup Brown Sugar, solidly packed plus 2-4 tablespoons
-1 tsp Vanilla extract brown or white sugar for the topping
-The Zest of 1 Orange -3 shallow ramekins, or 2 deep ones
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Put cream, mascarpone, and vanilla in a pan and heat until almost boiling. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, and orange zest until fluffy. Slowly add the hot cream mixture to the yolks, constantly whisking. Pour mixture into ramekins.
Bake for 30 minutes, but check after 20 minutes to ensure you don't overcook them. The should just set, but still be a little wobbly. Some like to set their ramekins in a large roasting pan with enough water to come up the sides of the ramekins before baking. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, then cover the tops with sugar and use a blow torch or a very hot broiler to caramelize the top. Top with orange slice--we used blood oranges.
By the time we finished making these the sun was almost gone! I went into panic mode because the whole reason I wanted to make these was to photograph them! When they were done, all light was gone from the house! I had to take my little shooting platform outside and find an area of yard that was still getting a scrap of sunset sunlight on it! I also had to use a little bit of a higher ISO than I generally prefer and was super rushed trying to get these pics! I had literally about 5 minutes before light would be gone completely! But considering the circumstances, I think they came out ok! Also, I really wanted to crack into and take a picture with a spoon showing the custard, but we had decided to actually serve them after dinner that night and I don't think anyone would've liked being serve a Creme Brulee with a bite missing!