Crème brûlée

Crème brûlée is a very delicious dessert and we were inspired to make this recipe after our trip to Paris. We wanted to make crème brûlée but fancies making it with a twist so after some delving into Pinterest decided to make crème brûlée tarts.

The pastry is our classic pastry recipe that we swear by and the filling is a custard recipe. We then topped the tarts with sugar and used a blow torch to make the classic crème brûlée texture. These are great as you can make the pastry in advance and also make the custard in advance. If you are hosting a dinner party as these are ideal as all you need to do before serving is sprinkle on sugar and use the blow torch.

Enjoy!!

Ingredients
Pastry:
175g plain flour
100g cold butter
1 tbsp icing sugar

Filling:
300ml double cream
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 egg yolks
1 whole egg
2tbsp caster sugar

Granulated sugar

Method

1) Pre-heat the oven to 180 degree and butter and line with grease proof mini tart tins
2) Put all the ingredients for the pastry in a food processor and pulse until the ingredients come together (you may need to finish with your hands)
3) Pour onto a flour surface and roll out the dough until 1mm thick. Lay over the tart tins and press into the ridges, then leave the pastry hanging over the edge as pastry shrinks when cooked
4) Line with foil and pour in baking beans and blind bake the pastry for 15 minutes. Take our the beans and finish off the pastry for 5 minutes
5) Reduce the oven temperature to 130 degrees
6) To make the custard filling, put the cream in a large pan with the vanilla and heat until bubbles form around the edge. Let to cool for 5 minutes.
7) Mix the egg yolks, whole egg and sugar with a hand mixer then add the cream
8) Pour the custard mixture into the pastry and cook for 18-20 minutes until almost set. They will be a little wobbly
9) Leave to cool
10) Sprinkle with granulated sugar and use a blow torch to caramelise/cook the sugar

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

We love lemon meringue pie so decided to turn one of our favourite desserts into cupcakes. We made our own lemon curd, however if its easier just buy your own. In addition we are lucky enough to own a blow torch so it made finishing off these cupcakes a lot easier. You can quickly cook the meringue in the oven, however we are unsure how reliable this is.

These cakes do take some time to make and there are quite a few steps to follow. Make sure you allow yourself enough time for the cakes to cool before putting the meringue on top. Even though they do take a while they are totally worth it and will leave everyone wanting to go back for more!

Lemon Meringue

Cupcakes
110g caster suagr
110g unsalted butter
2 eggs
110g self raising flour
1tsp baking powder
dash vanilla essence

Lemon curd
100g caster sugar
2tbsp corn flour
zest from 2 lemons
juice from 3 lemons
juice 1 orange
85g butter
1 egg
3 egg yolk

Meringue
4 egg white
200g caster sugar
2tsp cornflour

Cake method:
1) With an electric hand mixer or free standing mixer beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
2) Add the eggs with a tsp of the flour and mix
3) Add the remaining flour, baking powder and vanilla and beat together
4) Spoon the mixture into 12 cupcake cases and cook in the over for 12 minutes at 180C

Lemon curd method:
1) Put the cornflour, sugar and lemon zest in a saucepan and on a low heat gradually stir in the lemon juice.
2) Make the orange juice up to 200ml with water and gradually add this to the pan stirring constantly. Cook over a medium heat until the mixture thickens stirring until you have a smooth mixture.
3) When the mixture bubbles remove from the heat and add the cubed butter until it melts
4) Beat the egg yolks and whole egg together then stir into the pan. Return to the heat and stir vigorously until the mixture thickens and plops off the spoon then remove from the heat

Prepare the cake:
1) Once the cakes have cooled use an apple corer to take out the centre of the cupcake. You may need to use a knife to get rid of a little more cake
2) Fill the cake with the lemon curd and then put the cake you have removed back on top of the curd

Meringue:
1) Put the egg whites into a large mixing bowl and whisk until soft peaks
2) Add half the sugar a spoonful at a time whilst still whisking.
3) Whisk in the cornflour
4) Add the rest of the sugar a spoonful at a time and whisk until stiff

Prepare the topping:
1) Pipe the meringue onto the top of the cake or use a spoon
2) With a blow torch lightly cook/toast the meringue until golden

These are certainly a showstopper and the lemon curd in the middle a nice surprise for everyone enjoying the cupcake.

We hope you enjoy making and eating these as much as we did – don’t forget to share your recipes with us!