Orange and Mascarpone Creme Brulee

 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!

Orange and Mascarpone Creme Brule Ingredients

-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.

Orange and Mascarpone Creme Brule

Orange and Mascarpone Creme Brule

Orange and Mascarpone Creme Brule

Orange and Mascarpone Creme Brule

Orange and Mascarpone Creme Brule

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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!

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Kim Stevens February 24, 2012 at 10:37 AM  

Ummm, those look gorgeous and yummy!!

Casey Martinez February 24, 2012 at 10:48 AM  

Wow! Those are the most beautiful pictures. They totally sucked me in and I just wanted to stare at the pretty food in them!! YUM!!

Mira Crisp February 24, 2012 at 11:02 AM  

Oh, you did such a good job for a 5 minute shot! Photos are pretty and I bet the food was delicious too. I may try this recipe sometime soon. That is, as soon as I get back to my kitchen since I am living in a hotel at the moment. :D

Seeing Each Day February 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM  

Looks delicious. Really liked your 1st and 4th photo.

Hannah February 24, 2012 at 3:02 PM  

Wow. The pictures and the yummy goodness in them. I am so going to make these.

Lizzy February 24, 2012 at 3:25 PM  

I love ALL creme brulee...and your citrus version looks marvelous! And your photos are so vibrant and lovely~

Bethany February 24, 2012 at 6:16 PM  

Really pretty shots! I love the first one.

Sophi Belle February 25, 2012 at 12:44 AM  

They look delicious! Good job with the photos too!

Tish February 25, 2012 at 5:13 AM  

these look incredible! i am definitely a fan of creme brûlée, so I just might have to try making this! how did they turn out? your photos are beautiful, would have never known you were scurrying about trying to find good light!!

Amy February 25, 2012 at 5:27 AM  

wow girl these look AMAZING! :)

Ross February 25, 2012 at 6:20 AM  

I think these photos are fantastic. The contrast of the colors is great and your eyes just get drawn in! Can't say enough about these!

Chic Homeschool Mama February 25, 2012 at 10:50 AM  

I totally hear you on cooking/ baking with the sole purpose of photographing later. It can certainly add to the pressure when the light starts fading. I LOVE that first shot- the light is perfect. I think taking them outside worked very well. Sometimes that is how you find a new way that you like more. My guess is that you might use that spot again.

Kim February 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM  

Oh Jaymi, these turned out so well. I like the amount of light. It makes it feel more like an after dinner dessert. It sets the tone more.
I don't know how they taste, but they sure do look fantastic!!

Chrissy Brand February 25, 2012 at 11:24 PM  

Gorgeous photography and a fab blog,

Chrissy at Mancunian Wave photo blog

Tito Eric February 25, 2012 at 11:59 PM  

They were all beautifully photographed! And they look delish to boot.


Tatjana Parkacheva February 26, 2012 at 11:10 AM  

Looks very delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe.
Beautiful photos.

Regards and best wishes

Madge Bloom February 27, 2012 at 8:26 AM  

Your shots of the finished dessert are divine! It looks so delicious...Thank you for sharing on 'Weekly Top Shot.' I hope you'll come share again next week...

Breena February 29, 2012 at 10:21 AM  

Oh my, that looks delicious! I love the colors too. You did a beautiful job capturing these! Thanks so much for sharing at "Life as this Mommy knows It"!

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