Tuesday, September 30, 2008

TWD- Creme Brulee

After my first year of college I studied abroad in Paris. I first heard about the trip in the fall and couldn't wait. By the spring, I'd fallen madly in love with a tall English major. When summer came I didn't know how I would leave him but I knew I HAD to go to Paris, I mean, when would the chance come again? I couldn't bale for a boyfriend. So I went. I emailed my tall man every day and missed him like crazy when I went to La Tour Eiffel. I ate baguette, strawberry tarts, and creme brulee at side walk cafes. I even studied a little. :) It was the best summer of my life. And then I came home, and when fall came, I married my tall man. Now it's our fifth anniversary in a few weeks and tomorrow we are going to Paris together (seriously! It feels like a dream!). It's incredibly romantic, don't you think? Really, we're just going to Paris for two days and then we're going to Greece with my family to pick up my brother. It'll be the trip of a lifetime and with an amazing romantic date. Now that's a long story for a cooking blog, but when I had my first bite of this creme brulee, all of that flooded to my mind.

This week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe, chosen by Mevrouw Cupcake (you can find the recipe there), is a straight forward and delicious dessert. I don't have a kitchen torch so I used the broiler method. Naturally, I forgot to add the sugar on top for the first minute or two (the whole I kept wondering about the color!) I added it and gave it just a bit more time, since I was worried the custard would get too hot with my little mistake. Although there wasn't a thick crunchy topping, this dessert was yummy and a great excuse to reminisce about Paris. I'll be back soon with photos, but until then, I have lots of post scheduled (including my romantic entry, with a photo of my sweet husband, to the new Pies with That event...) And seriously, go make a french dessert. You won't regret it (even if you forget to put the sugar on top!)

38 comments:

CB said...

You lucky butt! I have never been to Paris but I hope I can go with my "tall history man" someday. Glad you enjoyed the brulee.
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Cathy said...

I love your story, Anne! I hope that you have a safe and wonderful trip. Your creme brulees look perfect! You're right -- sugar's just an added bonus, but these are wonderful even with out it!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

beautiful story and brulees! have a great anniversary and a wonderful trip!!

ostwestwind said...

Have a great anniversary - we had the 25th this month - and enjoy Paris. It's such a beautiful city.

HoneyB said...

Happy anniversary! Your brulee's look great!

Lori said...

i love that black and white photo with the one colored top! have a wonderful trip!

Prudy said...

Anne-how fabulous! Is your brother serving a mission in Greece? I'm going to be in Paris for my birthday in a few weeks. I'm delighted. Love your stacked brulees!

Steph said...

That was a lovely entry! Isn't it amazing how food can bring back such wonderful memories?! Your pictures look great and the effect on the last one was really cool. I can't wait to see your pictures of Paris.. the food and everything!!

Pamela said...

Have a wonderful time in Paris! Thank you for sharing your wonderful story. The brulees look delicious. Happy Anniversary!

chocolatechic said...

I always wanted to go to Paris.

Eat a croissant for me.

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Anne, your pictures are great! I wish you the most romantic trip to Paris EVER! It truly is the most beautiful city in the world!

Peggy said...

I wish I could go to Paris. My DH has been several times. Your brulee looks fabulous!

Christine said...

Oh Paris sounds wonderful. Happy anniversary, have a great trip and your brulees look delicious!

Stephanie said...

Happy Anniversary! Have the best time in Paris with your hubby! I loved the story. My husband and I are saving up to go to Paris not next year but the next. Report back with lots of pictures:)

Mary Ann said...

SO Jealous! Paris and Greece? Hmm
Have a great time! I think your brulee looks amazing and kudos to you for trying out the broiler method. I can't wait to see your Pie creation. I made mine this weekend (along with your Fresh Peach Sorbet) and it was so good!

Teanna said...

Your creme brulees are gorgeous and so is your romantic story about you and your husband! Happy anniversary!

Engineer Baker said...

What an adorable story! And lucky you, getting to go to Paris again. I'm glad this inspired memories.

Jamie said...

I would love to go to Paris! Have a great trip, your creme brulee looks delicious!

Susie Homemaker said...

I am so glad to know this DOES work with the broiler! Thanks!

Jen said...

Great photos and great story! Have a wonderful time with your love in Paris!!

SiHaN said...

what a sweet story. i love that... to have memories connected to food. how lovely...

Madam Chow said...

Have a wonderful time! Eat a lot and tell us all about it when you get home.
Madam Chow
http://mzkitchen.com/

Katrina said...

Great story and how fun for you to get away to Paris! Have a great time. Your brulee looks good to me!
Have fun in Greece, too!

Karen said...

Fun pictures!! Have a wonderful trip!!

pinkstripes said...

Have fun in Paris and Greece. It's a great time to go...

Tammy said...

great photo! I love Paris too!!

Jess said...

What a great story...and I am so jealous you are going to Paris and Greece! Have a wonderful trip. Nice creme brulees!

April said...

So jealous your going to Paris & Greece, what a fabulous trip. Love the brulees, beautiful color and they look delicious.

1freshstart said...

You just made my heart happy. I loved that little story. I'm so jealous of your trip! That will be so much fun! I hope you have wonderful, safe travels.
~Cat

Linda said...

Your creme brulees look really delicious...and have a fantastic trip...it sounds wonderful!

Erin said...

I hope you have a wonderful trip! I hope to go to Paris someday. Your creme brulee looks wonderful!

dharmagirl said...

enjoy Paris! I love your brulee story...it seems this dessert has a proustian quality for some of us:)

Heather B said...

I love the stacks of creme brulee! So delicious! Great job!

Jenny said...

Oh my goodness Anne, I am so excited for you. What a great story about you and your husband. This will be a fantastic anniversary, Enjoy!!

Oh yah, your creme brulee is beautiful, my all time favorite dessert!

kim said...

lucky!! have a wonderful trip, and happy anniversary! :) your creme brulees look fabulous!

DanielleBilton said...

I feel like I just watched a lifetime movie, how romantic!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Wow, what a taste memory! Have fun in Paris, you lucky duck!

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

A lovely romantic story combining nicely with a lovely romantic dessert.