Friday, 25 September 2015

#BloggersBakeAlong: Coconut Crème Brûlée

Hey Guys!

(Yeah, because that title is going to be url friendly...)

So I may be a teenie weenie bit behind with my #BloggersBakeAlong series of posts, but I will get there eventually. Even if I finish at Christmas. Even though the actual Bakers finish in two weeks! It's gone so quickly! This post is about my Crème Brûlée from desserts week. I kinda forgot the whole GBBO 'make it amazing' ethos. However, I did make it successfully with coconut milk, which I was pretty chuffed about. I made it with tinned coconut milk because it is a lot thicker and more similar to the cream I think you're meant to use.

Look at how few ingredients I needed! This is my kind of baking! 400ml coconut milk, 3 eggs and 6oz of caster sugar. I was thinking it might not be very flavourful so I also popped in a few drops of yummy vanilla essence. To start with, put 4 ramekins into a baking tray with tall sides so you can fill it with hot water later.

Melt half of the sugar in a pan and use it to fill the bottom of four ramekins. DON'T TOUCH THE SUGAR WHILE IT'S DOING ITS THING! This is the one thing I thought I had learnt from Miss H on Sweets Made Simple. But I was worried it wasn't working so I stirred the sugar, which caused it to crystallise. D'oh!

While you're not touching the sugar and letting it melt on it's own accord, warm the milk slowly on a low heat. In another bowl beat all the eggs and other 3oz of sugar, gradually add in the milk and as much vanilla essence that pleases you. Then pour this milky/eggy/sugary mixture into the ramekins and fill to the top. I recommend putting the baking tray, that hosts the ramekins, into the oven before you pour the mixture. The pots get very full and there is potential for some major spillage! Fill the tray with boiling water to surround your little creations and cook for 30 minutes at Gas Mark 2.

Turns out I had them in at a temperature more like Gas Mark 1 so mine took almost an hour to cook. Silly me! But just look at the bobby dazzlers all finished!

This was the first time I'd ever eaten Crème Brûlée...and sadly I was not a fan. To the left, in the image above, is Mumma Bow's finished dish and to the right is mine. I couldn't get over the eggy taste. Feel like I should have seen that coming...

Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow

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