Lemongrass Crème Brûlée a Delicious Variation
Chef Liz Thompson and I had lots of fun delivering “Baking with Herbs,” an online cooking demonstration. One of the recipes was a twist on the French classic a Lemongrass Crème Brûlée.
In just over an hour, we showed participants how to use fresh herbs and flowers from their garden to infuse sugar, heavy cream and butter to make custards, baked goods, chocolate confections, compound kinds of butter and cocktails syrups! Some of the herbs we used were basil, lavender, rose petals, lemongrass, Tahitian vanilla, and a variety of citrus. These virtual classes are delivered via Zoom and include a package of recipes.
Lemongrass Crème Brûlée
- 9 oz Egg Yolks
- 2 3/4 cups Heavy Cream*
- 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 cup Ground Lemongrass cut into 1 “ pieces**
- Preheat the oven to 320°F (160°C).
- Pour the heavy cream into a high-sided stockpot (heavy cream rises fast when boiled); add lemongrass pieces and bring it to a boil. Turn off heat and let sit for 20 minutes to allow for lemongrass flavour to “infuse” into the heavy cream.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the sugar and egg yolks.
- Bring the heavy cream back to a boil, turn heat to low. Temper the sugar/egg yolks by adding 1/3 hot, heavy cream at a time very slowly into the sugar/egg mixture and whisk. When all the heavy cream has been added to the sugar/egg yolk mixture, return to the pot and whisk on very low heat for just a minute.***
- Strain through a fine-mesh strainer to remove minor egg pieces and lemongrass. Place your ramekins into a “hotel pan” or pan with sides at least 4 inches high to accommodate water around the ramekins.
- Place the pan on a sheet pan and into the oven; carefully pour the mixture with a vessel with a spout such as a Pyrex measuring cup into ramekins close to the top of each. Pour water into the pan to the halfway mark around each ramekin.****
- Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until crème brûlée has “set” like custard and does not move when jiggled; do not overcook.
- Cool, refrigerate overnight and use the next day.
- To finish, sprinkle granulated sugar on top lightly and burn with a propane torch that can be purchased at your local hardware store.