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Creme Brulee with raspberries in a shallow oval ramekin topped with raspberries and mint

Crème Brûlée with Raspberries

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Adding a touch of jam and fresh berries created an out of this world dessert: Crème Brûlée with Raspberries!
Leave it to Dorie Greenspan to tweak a classic, sugar-crusted custard dessert into something special.

Crème Brûlée with Raspberries

Crème brûlée was today’s French Fridays with Dorie selection….perfect for Christmas Eve’s Eve. And Dorie’s version surprised us with some jewel-toned jam beneath the custard…so beautiful for the holidays. I was skeptical that Dorie’s recipe could rival my favorite Le Cirque crème brûlée which is cooked in a bain-marie…and made with all heavy cream.  But the sound of Crème Brûlée with Raspberries was too tempting not to make. 

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How to Make Raspberry Creme Brulee

I made 3 with raspberry jam (just a teaspoon smeared on the bottom of the ramekin), 2 plain, and 1 dotted with fresh raspberries.  All were terrific….even with a bit of milk added to the cream…and even without the water bath.  Dorie’s oven temperature was lower and cooking time longer (200º for an hour), and it’s actually just as creamy. And the berries take this from typical to extraordinary…thumbs up this week!  Merry Christmas to all my wonderful friends across the globe who are celebrating this weekend!!!
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This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook, Around My French Table (affiliate link).


And on a side note, I just received the Fabulous Blog Award from Balvinder (AKA Neetu) from Gluten Free Food.  Thank you so much…it’s such an honor to be recognized by a wonderful blogger and friend!  She asked me to share a kitchen disaster on her site, so I’ll spill it here, too:

The first time I made bubble roll, I mistakenly used an angel food pan instead of a solid tube pan. A pool of caramel seeped from the pan and covered the bottom of my oven; I immediately turned on the self-cleaning setting after removing the rolls. Flames soon filled the oven as the sugar caught on fire, then our smoke detector alerted the fire department.  A huge hook and ladder fire engine, sirens blaring, appeared in front of our house…and I had to explain that I was just burning breakfast!

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38 comments on “Crème Brûlée with Raspberries”

  1. One of MY favorite dessert,I always wanted to try to make it,now i have to try with this recipe,thanks for sharing one of many great desserts recipe from you 🙂

  2. This does look elegant as well as delicious. After seeing these, I would say that you are welcome in my kitchen any day. Thanks for sharing this amazing dish my friend-yum!

  3. Congrats on the blog award Lizzy and I like that sugary and caramelized coating on top, vice nice with the the pics attached.

    Btw, I made a brulee with pumpkin two days back and felt like on top of heaven with my success.

  4. Your creme brulees look festive and perfect! And with such a low oven temp, no need to call in the fire department:-)

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  5. Oh creme brulee! My husbands all time favorite dessert. Good thing he is not here, or he would be begging add this to my already LONG list of treats for Christmas!

  6. If I was a good daughter I would get up off my hiney and make those for my Mom. She would LOVE them. So pretty and I am SURE they are delicious! Merry Christmas!

  7. Ohhhhhh! My husband will be jealous. It’s one of his favorite (should say “most” favorite) desserts ever. I have blow torch but haven’t made one yet. Looks so delicious!!! Merry Christmas to you Lizzy!!

  8. i love to creme brulee… perfect .

  9. Congratulations on your blog award! The creme brûlées with raspberries look amazingly good, I hope to try these too;-)

  10. Oh I love the suprise additition at the bottom. As if the custard isn’t reward enough for getting through the caramelized sugar you get an added bonus.

    Love this!

  11. Beautiful creme brulees and I love the variety of fillings you used! Happy holidays and may 2012 bring you another year filled to the bream with great cooking!

  12. LOL on your kitchen disaster! I think it’s rite of baking passage, setting the oven on fire via leaky pan. 🙂

  13. This looks just gorgeous–the sugar crust on top looks perfect!

  14. My mother-in-law’s fav dessert 🙂 Me, cranberry-holic would most likely pair it with a cranberry jam 😀 Merry Christmas to you and your Family!

  15. I need to make this. Right now.

    Assuming I don’t burn my house down in the process.

  16. amazing dear, I love Creme Brulée!!:)
    If we dont talk have a happy and wonderful Christmas dear Lizzy:))

  17. ooohhh this looks so good with the jam on the bottom! i love creme brulee, my boyfriend got me a set to make them but no fluid for the torch lol! Anyway, yours looks so delicious! Hope you have a great holiday weekend. Merry Christmas!!

  18. Your creme brulee sounds wonderful so great with raspberries! Happy holidays!

  19. The jam in the creme brulee sounds great! I have to try this version. Happy Holidays to you!

  20. Gorgeous – especially with the bit of jam peeking through.
    Love the kitchen story – I recently flamed my oven with leaking bacon grease. Didn’t quite make it to the fireman stage, but it was a mess for sure…
    Merry Christmas!

  21. this looks wonderful

  22. Great FFwD! So absolutely delicious 🙂 Raspberry is a nice touch too!

  23. Great Dorie post! I never considered putting jam in the bottom – and this looks so delicious! Congratulations on the award!

  24. My husband would LOVE this dessert! I just may surprise him with it for New Years.

  25. Dear Lizzy Im not sure like will be my day so I wanna whish you a nice and happy christmas my friend:)))
    Happy Christmas!!

  26. Lizzy, Merry Christmas!!! all the best, xoxo

  27. Lizzy, your food always looks so glamourous and this creme brulee is no exception. Have really enjoyed reading your blog this year and all your fabulous food experiences.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  28. Oh I never met a creme brulee I didn’t love!! This looks heavenly!

  29. Looks lovely! Clearly I was the only one with issues with this not setting. I won’t be making this one again – I’ll go back to my tried and true recipe. Happy holidays to you and your family Lizzy – it’s been great getting to know you through FFWD this year and I look forward to baking and cooking along with you in 2012!

  30. Congratulations on your award, Lizzy! Your cremes look perfect and the raspberries look so pretty with it. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  31. Mmmm, I adore creme brulee! The raspberries seem like a great balance with for the sweetness!

  32. I LOVE creme brûlée!! I’ve always wanted a culinary torch…now may be the time…yours looks just gorgeous.

  33. This looks great! Thanks for sharing at Mrs. Fox’s Sweet Party 🙂

  34. Your creme brulees turned out picture perfect – great photos ! I love a creme brulee in any way shape and form (ok, I do want it set, however)but yours turned out stunning. Well done. Happy 2012- we look forward to reading your posts !

  35. The berries on top look fabulous. Your kitchen disaster made me laugh. Hope that was a one-time thing 🙂 Hope your holidays were happy.

  36. Creme brulee is my favorite non-chocolate dessert! Such a classic treat!

  37. Gorgeous – such a classic dessert!

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