Blackberry Crème brûlée for my Valentine

I know, it wasn’t long time ago since I made Crème brûlée but it’s one of our favourite desserts and therefore perfect as a romantic dessert on Valentine’s Day! Even if I normally prefer a plain Crème brûlée without additional ingredients like fruit or chocolate I took a risk and added blackberries this time which gave a really nice flavour. Next time I’ll experiment with another fruit, why not rhubarb or mango!?

    Blackberry Crème brûlée for two

    225 ml whipping/double cream
    1 vanilla pod
    25 gram caster sugar
    2 egg yolks (about 30 gram)
    60 gram blackberries (about 12 berries)

    4 tsp brown sugar (I used white caster sugar this time, but I got a much better result last time when using brown sugar)

    Heat the oven to 170 degrees C. Cut the vanilla pod in half lenghtwise and scrape out the seeds. Put the vanilla seeds in a sauce pan together with the cream and let simmer for a few minutes over low heat. Remove from heat and allow to infuse for 10 minutes.

    Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until pale and fluffy. Gently combine with the cream mixture, add the blackberries and pour into 2 small ovenproof molds (225 ml). Make sure that the blackberries are divided evenly between the two molds. Place them into a roasting or baking pan and carefully pour enough water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the molds. Bake for about 45 minutes, they should be set at the edges and wobbly in the center. When I made basic Crème brûlées without blackberries it only took me 30 minutes, so make sure to keep an eye on them. Remove from pan, and let the molds cool in room temperature before allowing them to chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours. I prepared mine one day in advance.

    Before serving, sprinkle the molds with 2 teaspoons of sugar each. Make sure to cover the custard evenly. Caramelise, using a kitchen blowtorch (or place under the grill in the oven for a few minutes, just make sure it won’t burn and don’t forget to keep the oven door open). If using a kitchen blowtorch, work fast and move it all the time so you won’t burn the sugar on your precious custards! :-) Serve and enjoy!

14 Responses to “Blackberry Crème brûlée for my Valentine”

  1. Fabienne
    February 14th, 2007 21:56


  2. Mayacook
    February 15th, 2007 08:46

    Lucky Valentine!

  3. natz
    February 15th, 2007 10:10

    man kan aldrig få för mycket crème brulée :)

  4. sylvie
    February 15th, 2007 10:18

    very nice cream !

  5. Helen
    February 15th, 2007 20:43

    I can’t believe I just found your blog. Gorgeous! Cremes brulees are the perfect date dessert. I love the red ramequins.

  6. Thalie
    February 18th, 2007 01:03

    Mmm I love blackberries !
    And I love the red little dish you used.
    Lovely dessert for two

  7. Scott at Real Epicurean
    February 18th, 2007 14:14

    And a very lucky valentine he is too – I love Creme Brulee!

  8. Duane
    February 20th, 2007 17:44

    Wonderful. I might just have to try this.

  9. Waspgoddess
    February 21st, 2007 00:04

    I just wanted to thank you for the semla recipe. I made some this weekend (and blogged about them here http://waspgoddess.blogspot.com/2007/02/spc-fat-tuesday.html

    They were divine, but I almost had a heart attack!

  10. Maria
    February 23rd, 2007 18:36

    I just love Crème Brûlée! And yours looks so good. I make mine flavored with orange blossom water, I shall have to try blackberries next time. Your site is wonderful (and I love kitty-cats).

  11. Cassie's Kitchen Recipes
    February 25th, 2007 04:19

    I love creme brulee. I think the best one I ever ate in my life had to be in Paris. I never dared tried to make it myself, although I really should.

    I’ll try your recipe and let you know.

    Btw, awesome pic!

  12. Dagmar
    February 27th, 2007 21:38

    Thanks to all of you for your kind comments!!!

    Waspgoddess, I’m glad that you liked the semlas, but I agree on that they are very rich :-)

  13. Shaun
    March 10th, 2007 03:12

    Dagmar – You always make the most wonderful desserts. Though adding blackberries is only a slight twist on the creme brulee recipe, it is indeed an interesting addition. I would never have thought of it, and I bet the juices bled nicely into the creme…Delicious!

  14. Christel
    September 27th, 2008 23:28

    I found your blog this afternoon as I googled “blackberries recipes”, made it straight away and they are GORGEOUS! As I said in my previous comment, your blog is great. Love your cats too, I actually one very similar to your ginger one!!!

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