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!)