Chef Chloe Vegan Creme Brulee
Crème brulee is hands down one of my favorite desserts ever. Right up there with bread pudding. If I see either on a menu, there’s a good chance I’ll order it. Remember how much I love all things vanilla? But crème brulee is typically made with heavy cream and egg yolks, and while I occasionally splurge when I’m out, I’d have no idea how to veganize it when we eat in. Then I saw Chef Chloe did the dirty work, and posted a recipe (and video) that made vegan crème brulee look extremely easy. And fun. You’d need a flaming power tool, after all. I’ve been drooling over this recipe for Holiday Spiced Crème Brulee for a few months now, but didn’t have the torch to make that crackly sugared top. Finally, a chef I worked with saved the day and lent me his, so I didn’t have to buy a torch and add it to our kitchen junk drawer.
The custard was so easy to make – it got thick and bubbly in no time from the cornstarch. My only problem was that I still had some cornstarch chunks that I couldn’t whisk out, but overall they didn’t bother me. The hardest part of this recipe was waiting for the little ramekins of custard to cool in the fridge for four hours before we could torch them.
Finally it was torch time! It was so fun torching the sugar and watching the little crystals melt and turn a bubbling, golden brown, and then harden to form a sugar shield.
The spices in the custard were stronger than you’d find in a regular vanilla crème brulee making it perfect for a holiday dessert (or a random dessert you make on a Thursday, in our case). I also used 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice in place of the ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.
Have you heard of Chef Chloe before? Her recipes and photos are stunning, and I’m just waiting for her to be huge, or huge-er than she already is. She’s been on the Food Network, and is pretty popular with VegNews and in the vegan world but I’m waiting to see her claim her role as a well-known vegan chef that everyone talks about, like Isa Chandra. In the meantime, I’ll be waiting patiently for her to update her blog with another mouthwatering vegan recipe to try.
Clearly, we hated this dessert.