Saturday, August 15, 2009

Take A Bite Of: Key Lime Creme Brulee


Ahhhhh....both refreshing and decadent. Can it be? Indeed.

My older brother, Tumbleweed, is here for the weekend to spend time with his favorite sister spoil his nephew rotten. When selecting the recipe for today, I thought of my brother's food profile. Lime desserts are his favorite. He happens to also be a big fan of my Creme Brulee. What a perfect pairing of two of his favorites in this wickedly good treat I will be tee'ing up this weekend in his honor.

This recipe is from Four Seasons Hotel in Palm Beach.

Do not let Creme Brulee intimidate you. It is a more complicated recipe than some desserts but not difficult to master. I have experimented with dozens of recipes. If you want a perfect and could not be easier basic creme brulee recipe, email me. I am happy to pass it along. If you don't have a culinary torch, get one. But you can also use your broiler to make the perfect sugar crust.

Buon Appetito! And have a great weekend.

Key Lime Creme Brulee

  • Filling:
3 egg yolks, plus 3 egg yolks
1 1/2 ounces sugar
10 ounces heavy cream
1 vanilla bean, split
2 ounces sweetened condensed milk
3 ounces key lime juice

  • Crust:
Puff pastry, store bought
Fruit puree, as a garnish, optional
  • Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Over a double boiler, whisk 3 egg yolks and sugar to a thick, ribbon-like texture.In a separate pot, combine the heavy cream and split vanilla bean, and bring to a boil. Temper the egg yolk mixture into the cream, by whisking a little of the hot cream into the eggs, while constantly whisking, and then whisk the yolk mixture back into the hot cream. Return to the heat and, while whisking continually, finish cooking to a custard stage, approximately 1 or 2 minutes.

For the second part of the creme brulee, whisk the remaining 3 egg yolks for 1 minute. Add the condensed milk and whisk for another minute. Add the key lime juice gradually and whisk for 1 minute. Combine the creme brulee filling with the key lime filling and chill in the refrigerator until needed.

To make the crust, roll out a sheet of puff pastry very thin, 20 by 10-inches. Cut 6 (4-inch diameter) circles out of the puff pastry to line 6 (3-inch) tart pans. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Line the pastry rings with the pastry dough and trim the excess dough flush to the edge of the ring. Place a piece of parchment paper on each tart shell and fill with beans and bake until golden, about 10 minutes. The shells should be very thin and even.

To assemble, fill the shells with the key lime filling and level the tops with a spatula. Dust the tops of the desserts with sugar and using a torch caramelize the tops. Place the desserts on a plate and serve with fruit puree, if desired.

60 comments:

Dustjacket Attic said...

Sounds delicious. Have a great time with your brother, I'm sure you will!

Take care,
xxx

The Peach Tart said...

That sounds yummy. I love lime desserts too so I'll definitely try it.

Sally-Sal said...

You're not only sexy, sassy, and witty, you're a badass cook.

Vodka Logic said...

sounds delicious. Does Tumbleweed have a hygiene problem. I can't get the image of the Charlie Brown character out of my head. lol

L xx

Lauren said...

That sounds so good! I have a culinary torch, but I have never used it except to threaten my husband...maybe I should try cooking with it! ;)

La La La Leah said...

I think I will just visit Palm Beach instead of trying to make this.

Sunshinemeg said...

Sounds amazing. Perfect summer treat!

Twisted Cinderella said...

Yuummmmy! It sounds delish!

JenJen said...

Y U M!
I'm going to try this. I love love love to cook but shy away from most desserts other than the "nestle tollhouse" variety. Hubby loves lime!
Grazie!

Sami said...

Yum; we had something very like this at a caribbean restaurant here and it was WONDERFUL! I love breaking through those crusts.

Char said...

sounds so delish

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

I'm drooling all over my keyboard here because I loooooove key lime ANYTHING. YUM.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Heavenly Housewife said...

Very impressive! :D
Have a fantastic weekend!

Amy said...

I love love love creme brulee. Yummy.

Unknown Mami said...

Are yu kidding me? Two of my favorite desserts got married and I wasn't invited to the wedding!

♥georgie♥ said...

Oh My that sounds like Heaven! I will have to make this...have a great weekend

Constructive Attitude said...

This sounds delish! You're brother is very lucky!

WhiteSockGirl said...

Oh, delicious! Darn, I really should take up some cooking lessons,.. or I must stop visiting your blog on Saturdays!

Little Ms J said...

You lost me at 3 egg yolks, plus 3 egg yolks. Then you want me to split a bean?

Too hard.

sheila said...

Holy crap that looks awesome!

Metropolitan Mum said...

Mhm. But does it contain any dust? You know I'm on a diet... ;-)

Alicia said...

mmmmmmmmmm just reading about this triggers my ibs....

Missy said...

This sounds awesome! I love lime!

Jen said...

this sounds so awesome!

Judy said...

I love lime too can I come over for some?

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Sounds amazing! I will pass it on to the chef in my house-my husband-that sounds too hard for me!

Pink Links said...

It must be delicious!

xoxo

Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility said...

That sounds awesome!

Casey M. said...

Ohhhh that sounds amazing...!!!

cherie said...

sounds very, very goooood! gotta try..

Lily G. said...

eat recipe, yum.

My name is PJ. said...

Just think, when all of your faithful readers descend upon you, you'll be able to take the ORIGINAL recipe and multiply the ingredients 100-fold! You don't fool around when it comes to cooking, do you?

Lulu LaBonne said...

Sounds good - I've never put creme brulee in a tart case before, will give it a whirl

Ordinary Housewife said...

What a great recipe.
Has your brother tried Lime Cheesecake? Bon Appetit had a recipe years ago, I started making it and haven't stopped.

Cabin-boy Dave said...

That looks absolutely delicious. I just need to find someone who can actually cook without demolishing a kitchen now... hmm...

Theresa said...

Adding that one to my own. Sounds sinfully delicious.

Keith said...

That sounds so delicious. I'll definitely have to try it out. Hope you're having a great weekend.

Justin said...

this sounds like a perfect summertime treat

Inna said...

that sounds amazing! I'm putting a blow torch on my registry, immediately.

PinkBow said...

mmm, this sounds toooo goood!!!

LadyFi said...

Interesting... definitely worth trying as long as someone else is doing the cooking! ;-)

Scandalous Housewife said...

Yum! Why do you call older bro Tumbleweed?

Debbie said...

Um... not sure I'm allowed to have a torch. Could I cook it over my toaster oven? I often set it on fire.

HalfAsstic.com said...

OH! OK, so that part about place a piece of parchment paper on each shell? Yeah. I can do that. If anyone needs any help with their recipe, I'm here for ya. Well, that part at least. ;-)

Dreamgirl said...

Oh my gosh... that just looks too good! I want some Key Lime Creme Brulee! How am I going to fall asleep now with my tummy rumbling for something sweet?

All I have are two half-eaten oreos (my daughter keeps licking the white stuff) and a box of Cheerios... NOT GOOD!

Well, I guess I'll have a glass of wine instead...
Cheers!

BPOTW said...

How wonderfully decadent!

strokeofliving said...

Oooo I can't wait to try these recipes.

Jill Pilgrim said...

How am I just finding your blog now?? Can't wait to try these!

Blushing hostess said...

I am prevented from using the torch because of an agreement with the local ER :), so I no longer make creme brulee - thank you for letting me live vicariously !

Cocaine Princess said...

The 4 Seasons in Palm Beach, where do I even begin.....

Key Lime Creme Brulee leaves my mouth watering.

Bunny, THE PARIS HOUSE said...

Creme Brulee and Key lime pie are two of my favorite desserts. So this is going to be one recipe that I must make. Can't wait to give it a try
Bunny

THE ACTORS DIET said...

wow that recipe sounds insanely good!!!

sarah m said...

Umm...delish. I am ob-sessed with creme brulee! I need the easy basic recipe...maybe I could actually give it a shot?!

Midtown Girl said...

I have a serious sweet tooth! Thanks for posting this delish recipe ;-)

MG

Grand Pooba said...

Ya had me at key lime sweetheart!

Intense Guy said...

I just 'bout ready to cry... I ain't allowed to eat Key Lime pie or brulees.

...and this looks sooooooooo good.

the real mia said...

Yum. I've simply got to try that key lime creme brulee. It sounds heavenly.

Jill said...

This sounds amazing!

Vodka Mom said...

damn. now I'm hungry.

birthday girl said...

mmmm. delightful twist on one of my favorite desserts.