Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Gordon Ramsey's Perfect Creme Brulee

The girls are back at school after the two week school break, the apartment is so quiet you could hear a pin drop. I suddenly feel very tired. Despite this, I have a lot of housework to catch up on, so there’s no time to sit down and feel sorry for myself. These two weeks have been great, I tried my best to keep up with my 13 and 11 year olds during the day, and when they finally get to bed at 9pm, I relax on my couch and ‘attempt’ to catch up with my Hong Kong and Korean serials, I am told however, that 10 minutes later, I am snoring, mouth wide open, and salivating. Hardly adorable looking and much less, sexy.

Ming and I have been married for 15 years this April, so, in case you’re wondering.. I’ve gone past being ‘worried’ about being caught in unattractive situations. There are much worse situations, let me tell you, but we shall not delve into them just yet, after all, I’ve only known you guys for barely six months!

On the 12th of this month, I celebrated my 39th birthday with family and a handful of close friends – it was nice, we had a ten-course banquet dinner at Golden Century, an up-market Chinese restaurant in Northbridge. My favourite dish was the ‘Lobster Noodles in Superior Stock’. Sorry, I had intended to post some photos; unfortunately half of them were blurred for some reason. Maybe it was the bad lighting, or it could be that my hands were shaky from being too hungry!

After the dinner, we came back to my place and had coffee and Birthday cake, a chocolate truffle cake from Francois’- the ONLY cake I ever bother to buy. My Birthday present from Ming and the girls will be arriving shortly, the Nikon SLR- don’t ask me the model, I’m really bad at remembering these things.
Today, I’m posting Gordon Ramsey’s ‘Perfect Crème Brulee’- I made this a couple or so weeks back for dessert when we had some friends visiting from Bali. The only thing I would add is that the dessert needed half an hour in the oven instead of the 10-15 minutes specified. A ‘misprint’ maybe? You be the judge.

Serves 4

300ml double cream
130ml milk
40g vanilla sugar
4 egg yolks
Vanilla sugar to sprinkle for caramel topping

Heat the milk and cream until just about to boil, stirring in I dessertspoon of vanilla sugar and allow to cool. Lightly whisk together the remaining sugar and the yolks. Reheat the cream until about to boil then pour into the egg and sugar and whisk. Strain into a jug and pour into the ramekin dishes.

Fill a large roasting tin half full of boiling water, put the ramekins in and bake at 180C for 10-15 minutes until just set. Allow to cool and place in the fridge until required. Dust the top of the crème brulee with a little vanilla sugar and then use a blowtorch to caramelise the sugar.


KellytheCulinarian said...

Wow, those turned out beautifully, what a treat.

Patricia Scarpin said...

I'm a huge Gordon fan and I think these look so delicious, Carol - I'm sure the guests were impressed and left your house feeling great!

SteamyKitchen said...


You look 24. That means you must have been a child bride. Mail order?


Nora B. said...

Happy Birthday, Carol. It's great to hear that you had a wonderful celebration. I'm envious of your new camera. But this means that we'll get to see photos produced by your new toy soon. Also, 15 years of marriage is also a fantastic thing to hear. I see burlee poppoing out everywhere. I am sooooo tempted to get a blow torch. But I don't really like brulee... :-( (but yours still looks delicious to me).

Anh said...

Carol, Happy Birthday! :)

The creme brulee looks wonderful. And have I told you that I really really like Gordon Ramsay? :P

Big Boys Oven said...

Oh my...please don't remind me....(blushed) I did exactly what you did..... I was with Sunny at the shopping mall mid valley, kl during the last weeked... we sat at the OSIM's latest red designer massage chair..... Sunny told me that I slept while I was enjoying my massage...with my mouth widely opened,snogged and salivating too.... I am now fourthsomething...hmmm....

Love to see Gordon Ramsey works in the kicthen, especially in Hell's Kitchen.

Your creme brulee looks gorgeous and very inviting. When shall we all meet for a dessert do?

Big Boys Oven said...


Jacqueline Meldrum said...

Hi there,
Happy Birthday!
I absolutely adore Creme Brulee!
I want a blowtorch!
I am not so keen on Gordon Ramsey, As I am Scottish and a vegetarian.

Anonymous said...

Happy belated, Carol! Creme brulee is an absolute favorite dessert of mine. When your camera arrives, do let us know what it is. I am thisclose to upgrading to a digital SLR and am torn between Nikon and Canon.

Ming the Merciless said...

Glad to hear you enjoyed your time with the kids.

Your husband should start a blog and post a picture of your snoring on the couch. :-)

Patricia Scarpin said...

I'm usually a polite person, Carol, so I don't know what happened to me - happy birthday!!

And I have to agree with Steamy Kitchen - you look a lot younger! :)

Cutie said...

Oh, I'm always so tempted to get one of those blowtorches. It's such a cool equipment. It will be a good thing to use for my baked alaskas. Anyway, your creme brulee looks amazing. Love it so much. You can be the next professional chef on television. =)

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday! I thought your birthday present is Gordon Ramsey himself presenting to you flowers and creme brulee. Would you have preferred that to the camera? ;p look so young and sexy. I think the Korean hunks were not attractive enough to make you stay up.

Daniel Indradjaja said...

Carol, I agree with the others. U do look young and beautiful inside and outside. Happy birthday! God bless.

Oh for the love of food! said...


thank you!

thanks, my guests actually requested for Creme Brulee when I asked them what I could make for them.They were over at my place a few evenings (this trip) and all for sweets!

You are my new best friend! and it's Holy L'oreal Revitalift! I got married when I was 24 actually, and my new neighbour, this sweet old Italian lady thought Ming and I were 16 and had eloped!

Thanks. I will have to learn to use the camera first, I hope it's not too complicated, I'm not very technical !

Sylvia said...

Carol ,happy Birthday ... 15 years married???!! I think you was 20... And Gordon´s creme brulee looks awesome in your creation.

WokandSpoon said...

Happy belated birthday and happy belated anniversary as well! The crème brulée looks fantastic!

Oh for the love of food! said...

Thanks! I don't know much about Gordon Ramsay actually, I just bought a blowtorch endorsed by him. It came with two black ramekins, a small jar of vanilla sugar and a recipe card with the creme brulee recipe!

BB Oven,
What a coincidence! When I'm in Mid Valley Megamall I always take massage breaks in Osim and Oto! The Sales people are really nice, they don't mind that I keep going on their massage chairs eventhough they know I won't buy one. I've got the Ogawa Smart 10. I'll be sure to look you guys up for coffee and cake when I'm in KL ! Thanks Guys!

Hey there! Thanks for visiting my blog. Hope to see you at this site again!

Terry b,
Thanks, My camera is the Nikon 40X DSLR. I was also comparing the Canon Rebel xt/400DSLR with the Nikon. I guess it's a matter of choice. My husband did some research and spoke to a couple of photographer friends before we decided to go with the Nikon.The Nikon better suits my needs because I'll mainly be using it indoors for close-up food shots where natural lighting is poor.

Don't give him any ideas! He might just do it. Hope you are having a great time, buddy!

Thanks, you and Jaden have really made my day!

Thank you, I'm flattered! and you should get yourself a blowtorch.

Thanks, you are too kind! and no, I definitely prefer the camera!

Pastor D,
Thanks, Daniel! I am blessed!

Thank you so much, Sylvia, you are so sweet!

Thanks for the kind wishes. I'm so happy to hear you had a great time with your in-laws!

Annette Tan said...

Happy birthday, Carol! I love the creme brulee and those butterballs! I've gone MIA again cos my dad's very ill so I haven't had the time to blog or cook, for that matter, between work and running to the hospital. Hope you had a fabulous birthday. Talk soon!

Oh for the love of food! said...

Thanks A, sorry to hear about your Dad. I hope he gets better soon.

Ming the Merciless said...

One more week and I'll be home. Whoopeee!!

Will catch up with you later next week.

Thanks for keeping me company electronically throughout my trip.

Mandy said...

happy belated birthday! A Nikon DSLR! your hubby and daughters are so sweet! I begged for a year before hubby got me mine ;p

Oh for the love of food! said...

It's my pleasure, bud, what are friends for? Can't wait to hear all about your travel adventures! :o)

Thanks, is your camera a Nikon DSLR too? How do you like it? Is it easy to use? Mine should be arriving any day now.

PangTama said...

Oh WOW!!! I just knew that you have this cool blog. I think this blog is gonna be my source of help hehehe :). C u Sunday :)

Anonymous said...

brulle yummmmm it is so awsome.....awsome food
T_T feel wanna eat 'em now :p the brulle....

Anonymous said...

Where did you find the recipe. I dont think Gordon uses vanilla sugar.

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nat said...

hi, why do u let the cream and milk cool and then reheat again to pour into the egg mixture.

Fate N' Travels said...

Extremely simple to make and what a treat...yam

Anonymous said...

Hey are you a professional journalist? This article is very well written, as compared to most other blogs i saw today….
anyhow thanks for the good read!