Saturday, September 4, 2010

Strawberry Lemon Brulee

There are still a few weeks left for you to enjoy the fresh flavours of the summer.  The delicious taste of strawberries and lemon makes this dessert hard to resist.  It is creamy, fruity, bright and fresh and the perfect finale to a meal.

I was looking for a fun dessert to make for my friend's birthday and I thought creme brulee would be quite elegant and fancy but when I saw the number of eggs that were needed (about 6) I was a bit turned off.  I found this recipe in a creme brulee book I have and I had to try it out.

This recipe doesn't use any eggs because the lemon juice makes the cream thicken.  The final product isn't as firm as a creme brulee with eggs but it tastes lighter and smoother.  The longer you leave the cream to set, the more the strawberry flavour infuses.  The strawberry pieces float to the top when you pour in the cream and it also adds a lovely pink colour to the dish. 

1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup of superfine sugar (also called special fine sugar)
Juice of 1 lemon
Zest of 1 lemon
4 strawberries sliced
(makes 4-5 servings depending on size of ramekin)

1. Put sliced strawberried in bottom of ramekins
2.  Add cream and sugar to pot and bring to a boil on medium heat.
3. Take mixture off heat and add in lemon juice and zest.
4. Pour cream over strawberries
5. Put ramekins in fridge for 3-4 hours
6. Put 1 tablespoon of sugar over cream mixture and use a blowtorch to brulee the top.

It is still delicious without the sugar crust topping if you don't have a blowtorch.  The torches are pretty affordable.  You can get them for about $20 at a kitchen supply store and they usually include the ramekins.  It's a cool conversation piece for a party.  Everyone wants a turn with the torch!

You can use any of your favourite fruits for this recipe.  Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, bananas or peaches would work very nicely.  Strawberries make this dessert healthier because they are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C and are low in calories.  One cup of sliced strawberries is about 50 calories. 

It's great to use whatever is fresh in season because it will taste better and probably be less expensive at the grocery store.  Plus if you share, it's only half the calories.  Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

Just a tip, it is still possible to make the caramelized sugar topping without a blowtorch, you can sprinkle the sugar over the brulees and then blast them in a very hot grill until brown. Alternatively, you can cheat and cook granulated sugar in a saucepan to a golden caramel and smooth a thin layer of it over the brulees with a spoon. I often make creme brulee using a mixture of cornstarch and potato flour as a thickener instead of eggs, it works fine.

Suja Sugathan said...

Sound very nice combo..delicious.

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