Creme Brule

Crème Brule is my favorite dessert.

A few years ago, I learned how to make it at home and since then it’s become my thing. In some circles, I’m the crème brule girl. When we invite people for dinner, they expect it now and on the few occasions when I’ve gone rogue and made another dessert instead, I’ve noticed a slight tinge of disappointment in the faces of our guests.

I’ve tried a few different recipes over the years. I’ve made variations with pumpkin, coconut and white chocolate espresso, but my favorite is the classic crème. It’s simple and perfect. It’s also very easy to make with this recipe:


Preheat oven to 325 degrees

In a medium sized bowl, combine:

5 egg yolks*
2 cups Whipping Cream
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tbsp vanilla

*When separating the eggs make sure to remove as much as the whites as humanly possible, apparently this is what leads to lumpy custard. Lumpy custard is the worst!

Whisk until creamy.

Distribute mixture evenly into 6 small ramekins.

Set ramekins in an 8×12 baking pan and fill pan with water until the water level is halfway up the sides of the ramekins.

Bake for 1 hour. The custards should jiggle slightly in the centre.

Let the custards cool, then cover and refrigerate overnight.

Add the crust before just before serving.


With a paper towel, gently remove any excess moisture from the surface of the custards. Any moisture will prevent the sugar from hardening.

Sprinkle the top of each pot of custard with a tablespoon of fine brown sugar and caramelize using a small blowtorch (available at most kitchen stores).

Serve to friends and enjoy the praise as they marvel over your culinary genius.

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Sweet and Sour Meatloaf

When I left work tonight it was dark out. It was only 5:00.

What the hell? Dark at 5:00?!!!

What’s next? Snow?!!!

A dark, drizzly night, like tonight, demands comfort food and I was so happy to find a sliver of leftover meatloaf in the fridge when I got home.

This wasn’t just any meatloaf, it was Sweet and Sour Meatloaf made by Jeremy from his mother’s recipe.

Sweet and Sour Meatloaf

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together and place in a casserole dish:
1.5 lbs (.7 kg) extra lean ground beef
1 chopped onion
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 tsp salt

Combine the following and pour over meat blob:
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tbsp mustard
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce

Break up the meat so that the sauce flows through it.

Bake for 1 1/2 hours.

Now with a tummy full of warm meatloaf, I’m moving on to hot chocolate. Then I’ll be curling up under a blanket for the rest of the night and I’m not moving until I can see the sun again.

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