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Crème Brulee for Two

by on September 2, 2014 · 0 comments

A friend of ours who is coming to dinner requested Crème Brulee for dessert, so naturally I had to practice.  Not that it requires much practice because it’s actually very simple, but I wanted to run a test and see which was better — Alton Brown’s version or the one from Cook’s Illustrated.  I decided to go with the CI version, and since it was so good I’m not sure I’ll even bother with the other. Ha! Just kidding. Of course I will make the other. But first, here’s my scaled down version similar to the one from CI.

Creme Brulee

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Published on September 2, 2014

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