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Happy September everyone! It’s my favorite month of the year and to kick it off properly I made something extra delicious. Bruleed chai-spiced pots de creme – creamy, sweet and full of fall spice flavors.
My starting point for this recipe was Whole Food’s list of chai spices
(cinnamon, clove, ginger, black pepper corns and cardamom). I infused my custard with all this delicious goodness, then baked it and finished with a crunchy burned topping to add a bit of a campfire feel and flavor. Altogether this dessert is a ripper, hope you enjoy it! :)
Bruleed Chai-Spiced Pots de Creme Recipe
- 1.5 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup sugar (plus a little more for bruleeing)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 6 whole cloves
- 1 one-inch piece of ginger, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon black pepper corns
- 6 green cardamom pods, lightly crushed
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 egg
- Heat the oven to 300 degrees F.
- Add cream, milk, sugar and spices to a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
- Turn the heat off, cover and let the mix steep for 30 minutes.
- Get a kettle of water to boil.
- Strain out the spices.
- Whisk the egg yolks and egg, then whisk the cream/spice mix into the eggs.
- Distribute among ovenproof glasses or ramekins and set into a baking pan.
- Slowly and cautiously fill boiling water into the baking pan so that it comes up to about 1.5 inches of the glasses.
- Transfer the baking pan into the oven and bake until set (30-40 minutes).
- Let cool completely.
- Sprinkle with sugar and use a torch to melt the sugar top.
Food Photography and Styling: I wanted to be sure to create a fall feeling in this photo and I did that in two ways: 1) By placing a dried leaf in the composition and 2) by creating a shadow in the upper right corner that looked (at least to me) like it came from a nearby tree. (To produce that shadow I held a plastic plant in the light path just outside the frame). My trusty little cocktail napkin from Crate & Barrel worked well here to “hug” the jar sitting in the metal dish and I used undiffused, natural light from a south-facing window for this shot.
Nikon D600, 105mm, f/4, 1/100 sec., ISO 400. Natural Light.