Welcome to my blog, through which I hope to be able to share my experiences of gluten free cooking, baking, experimenting and eating.
When my daughter was diagnosed (age 6) with Coeliac Disease, our world of eating changed overnight. From breads, pastry and pasta to cakes, biscuits and puddings.......... suddenly most of what we knew was 'off the menu'. I think I must have tested every available gluten free product on the market, seeking out replacements to try and keep things as normal as possible. I was disappointed to find that what was available was often dry, crumbly and flavourless.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, I decided to turn my kitchen into a laboratory, turn all I knew about cooking on its head and start creating!

Sunday, 5 February 2017

White Chocolate & Raspberry Creme Brûlée


Creme Brûlée is a favourite dessert of mine. As a child, we would often eat the similarly(ish) textured Creme Caramel to finish Sunday lunch...... the upturned creamy custard dripping with caramel sauce was always something to be anticipated. The discovery of Creme Brûlée however, took the experience of creamy desserts to a new level. So taken was I that it even graced the table at our wedding breakfast, in strawberry form.


A good Creme Brûlée (which is effectively a baked custard) should be smooth and silky in texture and always topped with a subtle but definably crunchy caramelised sugar layer. This is added just before serving by sprinkling sugar on the custard and using either a culinary blow-torch or a carefully watched grill to caramelise. Miss GF particularly loves doing the caramelising..... I did wonder about the wisdom of giving an 11 year old a blow torch, but she is surprisingly adept at using it.

As a gluten-avoider, I always feel relieved when I go to a restaurant and see either creme brûlée or (my other favourite creamy dessert) Panna Cotta on the menu, as I know they have a reasonable chance of being safe to eat.

I have made my white chocolate version a number of times, but this Christmas, added raspberries to make the brûlée that little bit more special. I couldn't be bothered to take any photos (being Christmas), but it was so good, I have been compelled to make it again to share with my readers.


The colour and flavours are reminiscent of my wedding dessert. The pretty red fruit which are hidden within the custard like little surprise gifts, give this brûlée a romantic hue which would be perfectly served on Valentines Day too.

It would also make a perfect Summer dessert...... rich and quite decadent, but not overly-heavy and full of summer berryness. With the evenings finally lightening and the prospect of warmer days ahead, this recipe may just be the perfect answer for those summer garden parties and sultry evenings out on the patio with friends.

I also love that you can make the custard cream well ahead of time and keep refrigerated ready to caramelise just before devouring!


I am sharing my White Chocolate & Raspberry Creme Brûlée with the following :


Treat Petite with The Baking Explorer and Cakeyboi

Inheritance Recipes with Pebble Soup and Coffee & Vanilla This brûlée shares a little bit of our wedding with Miss GF!



No Waste Food Challenge with Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary - Although my last Pavlova post was made to use up the egg whites left over from the brûlée, it occurs to me that I often have left over yolks too and this is a perfect recipe for using them up!

Cook Blog Share with Hijacked by Twins




Free From Fridays with the Free From Farmhouse and Le Coin De Mel

Bake of the Week with Casa Costello







Tea Time Treats with Travels for TasteJo's Kitchen and Lavender & Lovage. This month's theme is egg-based tea time treats. This egg-custard is full of yolky goodness!



Other creamy dessert recipes on Gluten Free Alchemist :

White Chocolate, Lavender & Blackberry Panna Cotta
White Chocolate Panna Cotta with Honey-Roast Figs
Vanilla Panna Cotta
Rich, Dark Chocolate Mousse
Coffee Mousse

White Chocolate & Raspberry Creme Brûlée (serves 4 or 5)

Ingredients 

40g good quality white chocolate - chopped
300 ml double cream
3 large egg yolks
30g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
150g fresh raspberries
golden caster sugar/ light soft brown sugar for sprinkling
grated white chocolate for decoration

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 C and get ready your ramekins.
  2. Mix the chocolate and cream together a small saucepan and gently heat, stirring, until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture reaches simmer point. Take off the heat and set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat together the egg yolks with the sugar and vanilla extract until thick and pale. 
  4. Whisking continuously, slowly add the chocolate-cream liquid until fully blended.
  5. Boil a kettle of water ready to cook the brûlée.
  6. Place 3 or 4 raspberries in the bottom of each ramekin.
  7. Strain the brûlée mix through a tea strainer or small sieve into the ramekins so that the liquid covers the raspberries. 
  8. Place the ramekins in the base of a roasting tin and carefully pour the boiling water into the tin to surround the ramekins to about half way up the sides. 
  9. Place in the oven and bake for 18 to 20 minutes until set.
  10. When cool, chill the brûlée until ready to eat.
  11. Just before serving, sprinkle the top with a teaspoon of caster sugar and caramelise using a culinary blow torch or under the grill. 
  12. Top with a fresh raspberry and a sprinkle of grated white chocolate and serve.
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22 comments:

  1. oh my days this looks amazing! I love the sound of the topping of a brûlée being tapped into with a spoon - the crunch as it goes into the creamy under layer of yumminess! A white chocolate and raspberry brûlée sounds divine! mmmmm!
    Thank you for linking up to #BakeoftheWeek x

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    1. Thanks Jenny. I agree.... the crunch as you break through is definitely part of the brûlée experience. And the raspberries added a whole extra dimension. x

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  2. Oh my goodness. I flippin' love creme brûlée! It is like torture coming to your site...sugary dairy filled delights that I can't eat! Aghhhh...get me away!

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    1. Thanks Vicki and sorry! Brûlée is something to be drooled over for sure! x

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  3. This looks wonderful! My husband loves creme brulee so this would definitely suit him and I love the fact it's got raspberries in - I am keen on desserts with fruit in!

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    1. Thanks Corina. Adding the fruit makes such a lovely extra treat! x

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  4. Crème caramel is also a favourite of mine. It reminds me of my childhood as it's the dessert my nan always made for us when I was little. As you said, crème brûlée just takes the crème-type dessert to a completely new level. It is rich, creamy yet covered with a crunchy top. It's my favourite treat to have when I eat out in France :) Thanks for joining in with #FreeFromFridays again my lovely xx

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    1. Thanks Mel. What's not to love?! I can imagine the caramels you had as a child were divine..... French for sure! x

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  5. YUM!! I could just eat one of these right now. Great flavours as well, and I'm loving your photos!! Thanks for sharing

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  6. What a combination, my mouth is watering at the thought...I love creme brulée but I need this right now!

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    1. Thanks Nova. I would thoroughly recommend them! x

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  7. Gorgeous creme brulee! Your photos are fantastic!

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  8. Your creme brulee looks stunning and the top looks perfectly crunchy! Thanks for linking up to #TreatPetite

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  9. This looks delicious!! Thank you for sharing this wedding treat with #InheritanceRecipes :)

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  10. Oh my goodness this looks so incredibly good! My tummy in grumbling right now - so hungry and I really want this dessert now, lol! Thanks for sharing with the No Waste Food Challenge! :)

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  11. Cant beat a good brulee. This has such a summery look to it, as I glance out on the grim dark rainy streets!

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