Treat yourself to a delicious English twist on the classic crème brûlée with our delicious Cambridge brandy recipe. These heavenly desserts are believed to have originated at Trinity College and are also known as “Trinity Burnt Creams”. Prepared with the utmost care and attention, each creamy spoonful is a tantalizing experience that will leave you wanting more. With a velvety custard base and a perfectly caramelized frosting, our burnt Cambridge creams are the epitome of culinary elegance. Treat yourself and your loved ones to this exquisite dessert and transport your taste buds to the enchanting streets of Cambridge.
- 1 vanilla bean, split
- 400 ml cream
- 200 ml whole milk
- 6 egg yolks (freeze the egg whites to use in another recipe)
- 100 g powdered sugar, plus 8 teaspoons for the topping
- Preheat the oven to 150°C/130°C fan/gas 2.
- Place eight ramekins in a deep baking tray and set aside.
- Scrape the pulp from the vanilla bean into a saucepan, add the pod and add the cream and milk.
- Heat over low heat, stirring frequently, until simmering.
- Strain the mixture into a bowl or jug and discard the pod.
- Mix the egg yolks and sugar in a heatproof bowl until creamy.
- While the cream mixture is still quite hot, slowly pour it over the egg mixture, stirring constantly.
- Pour the mixture back into a jug, then divide it among the ramekins (each ramekin should contain about 4 ounces).
- Fill the tray halfway with hot water so that it comes halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
- Place the tray in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes until the cream is set.
- Allow the cream to cool completely.
- Chill the pudding for at least 3 hours. It can be kept refrigerated overnight.
- Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon sugar over each baking dish.
- Caramelize the tops with a kitchen blowtorch (or slide them under a hot grill, being careful not to burn them).
- Let the ramekins stand until the sugar has set, about 2 minutes.
- Serve the burnt Cambridge creams immediately.
- Best served the day it is made.
Equipment and tools
To make Cambridge burn creams, you will need the following equipment and tools:
- mixing bowl
- Whisk or electric mixer
- wooden spoon
- Vanilla bean splitter or a sharp knife
- measuring cup
- measuring spoon
- Ramekins or shallow ovenproof bowls
- Blowtorch or grill to caramelize the tips (optional)
The Cambridge burnt cream recipe contains ingredients that may cause allergic reactions or intolerances in some people. Please note the following allergen information:
- Eggs: The recipe calls for 6 egg yolks. If you have an egg allergy or intolerance, this recipe may not be suitable for you.
- Dairy: Recipe includes double cream and whole milk. People with milk allergies or lactose intolerance should avoid this recipe or use suitable milk alternatives.
Storage and leftovers
If you have leftover Cambridge choux creams, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Make sure they are covered with plastic wrap or stored in airtight containers to preserve their freshness. To serve, you can enjoy them chilled or bring them to room temperature.
The Health Benefits of Cambridge Burnt Creams
Cambridge Burnt Creams, also known as Crème Brûlée, are not only a delicious dessert treat but also offer several health benefits. Made with a combination of vanilla, cream, milk, egg yolks and powdered sugar, this delicious dessert can be a healthier option compared to other sugary sweets. Let’s examine the health benefits of each of these ingredients:
Vanilla, obtained from the vanilla orchid, is not only a flavor enhancer but also contains numerous health benefits. It is rich in antioxidants that help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body, reducing the risk of chronic diseases. Vanilla also contains certain compounds with anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce inflammation and improve overall health.
2. Double cream
The double cream used in Cambridge Burnt Creams gives the dessert a creamy and rich texture. Although it is high in fat, it can be beneficial when consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet. Cream is a good source of healthy fats, which are essential for various body functions, including brain health and hormone production. In addition, the fat in the cream can support the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.
3. Whole milk
Milk is a rich source of calcium, essential for maintaining strong bones and teeth. It also contains protein, vitamin D and other important vitamins and minerals that contribute to overall health and well-being. Whole milk has a higher fat content than skim or semi-skimmed milk, but can still be enjoyed in moderation as part of a healthy diet.
4. Egg yolk
Egg yolks are a great source of various essential nutrients. They are a rich source of protein, vitamins B12 and D, and essential minerals such as selenium and choline. Including egg yolks in your diet can help improve brain function, support eye health, and promote a healthy immune system.
5. Powdered sugar
Although powdered sugar is a source of calories, it is often used in small amounts in recipes. In Cambridge Burnt Creams it is used to make the caramelized topping. While consuming large amounts of added sugar is not recommended, using small amounts to sweeten desserts can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet.
Overall, enjoying a Cambridge Burnt Cream can be a delicious and relatively healthier dessert option compared to many other high sugar treats. However, it is important to consume them in moderation as part of an overall balanced diet to get the most benefit from the ingredients.