From London to Paris and a French pastry class to learn how to make Crème Brûlée!
The second part of our anniversary trip was just a special as the first.
These are Eurostar trains. One like it took us from London, St. Pancras Station to Paris terminating at Gare du Nord. This high-speed railway service with trains which run at up to 300 kilometres per hour (186 mph) on a network of high-speed lines traverses the Channel Tunnel between the United Kingdom and France.
La Cuisine Paris cooking class
Our instructor, pastry Chef, Frances, kept us busy during the three-hour class, teaching and demonstrating each step and overseeing our progress. We made four French desserts including Madeleines, Creme Buelee, Baba au Rhum Chantilly and Mini Tartelette aux Pralines Roses providing us with plenty to eat at the end of the class and a box to take home.
La Cuisine address: 80 Quai de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75004, Paris
How to make Crème Brûlée
Whisk together and set aside.
Pour the cream into a pan and add the vanilla seeds.
Heat the cream and vanilla beans over medium heat until it begins simmering around the edges; remove from heat.
Combining the cream and eggs
You want to pour the hot cream into the egg and sugar mixture very slowly, just a little at a time, whisking so that your don’t cook the egg but have a smooth cream when finished.
Pour the mixture into the ramekins, stirring each time to evenly distribute the vanilla seeds that want to settle on the bottom.
Ready to go into the oven.
Baking the Crème Brûlée
NOTE: in class we baked at 100 degree C. That converts to 212 F. But even at the slightly higher temperature, I needed to bake for a longer time. Baking time does depend on the size of the ramekin and how full it is. Some recipes suggest baking in a water bath but it isn’t necessary with this recipe.
Bake until the centers are almost set and still just a little bit jiggly.The time will vary depending on the size. This time I used bigger ramekins because my family complained one smaller dish wasn’t enough.
Pretty good, I’d say!
Crème Brûlée Recipe
source La Cuisine Paris
1/2 vanilla bean
and combine with the cream. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
Remove from heat.
a time, whisking the two together.
minutes or until the centers are soft set. Remove from oven and allow to
cool. Place in refrigerator.
At serving time, sprinkle the top of the Crème Brûlée with a thin layer of sugar. Using a small torch, moving in a back-and-forth motion, melt and caramelize the sugar.