July 27, 2013

National Crème Brûlée Day

"I think every woman should have a blowtorch.” - Julia Child

It's National Crème Brûlée Day!

It sounds fancy and it tastes fancy, but at it's simplest form it's just a custard topped with caramelized sugar (crème brûlée actually means "burned cream" in French). This classically French dish was first recorded in a 1691 cookbook, "Le Nouveau Cuisinier Royal et Bourgeois," by François Massialot. There's also a version in England that's called "Trinity Cream" which is similar to crème brûlée, but it's less sweet and has crunchier caramelization on top. And in Spain, they also have a similar dessert called "crema catalana" (identified as a St. Joseph's Day dessert).

All three sound delicious!

Crème brûlée can be found on many menus now regardless if you're at a fancy French restaurant, a box chain, or a pub. There are crème brûlée flavored ice creams, lollipops, specialty coffee drinks, and doughnuts nowadays, too. Noms.

Happy National Crème Brûlée Day!