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“Fabulous Bakery Desserts, Pt. XXXIX: Lilah Paulikovich’s Classic Crème Brule Recipe—out of this World!”

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Chef Lilah Paulikovich

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Elemental News of the Day Commentary-Opinion-Sports-Foodservice for Thursday, September 22, 2011 by Chef Lilah Paulikovich


 Fabulous Bakery Desserts, Pt. XXXIX: Lilah Paulikovich’s Classic Crème Brule Recipe—out of this World!

Bakersfield, CA, 09-22-2011 Th:  Today is “Hump Day” and that means, it’s all downhill from here!  I’m like everyone else: when I know my work week is coming to its inevitable conclusion, I become somewhat ecstatic, rejoicing in my impending freedom and time off.  I won’t be back (I don’t think) until after Brian Carrick marries the beautiful Linda E. Payne, his gorgeous long-term girlfriend who took him after he was unceremoniously dumped last year.  We are so happy for him, it’s been nothing but a holiday around here as they prepare their nuptials slated for Halloween Monday, October 31, 2011 at the famed Noriega House located on Baker Street in Old Town Kern.  We will all be in attendance and you had better believe, it’s going to be the party of the century! Everyone is invited to attend the celebration to be held later. 

Today, we are going to learn how to make Crème Brule, the classic custard-like dish that has become very popular over the past two decades.  It’s an old-time dessert and yet, it’s been reborn and has been experiencing a rebirth of sorts which is fine with me as I love this dessert.  It can be prepared in a wide variety of ways but is based upon heavy cream, vanilla, and eggs.  Then, it’s baked in the oven much like custard and finally is caramelized with XXX granulated sugar until it has a thin web of glazed sugar atop it.  Generally, when it’s brought to the table, the reception is always good and people are amazed and stunned when it arrives at their tableside. 

The browning process has always been accomplished underneath an overhead broiler or salamander oven whereas nowadays, the cooks use blowtorches in the professional kitchen to accomplish the same task in half the time.  Blowtorches are indeed handy to have on hand at home as they can accomplish a great deal in a relatively short time so if you have access to one or can buy one, you will need to get a hold of it.   Well, let’s do it, shall we?


Yield: 6 servings / Mis-en-place: about 2.5 hours:

Heavy cream

Large AAA egg yolks

Granulated sugar

Vanilla extract

Brown sugar

Heavy cream

Powdered sugar

Vanilla extract

Almond extract

Mint leaves

Maple flavoring
Amaretto flavoring


1.      In the top of a double boiler or Bain Marie, combine the heavy cream with the sugar and scald together. 

2.      Place the egg yolks in the bowl of an electric mixer equipped with a whip attachment and whip until light.  Then, gradually begin whisking in the scalded cream/sugar mixture. 

3.      When combined, pour this mixture through a fine-meshed sieve into a container.  Whisk in the vanilla extract.  Refrigerate.

4.      When it’s time to cook the individual Crème Brule’s, heat standard oven to 325°F and have ready. Next, pour the mixture into six chilled ramekins or baking dishes and then place each dish in a sheet pan and place inside your preheated oven.

5.      Pour boiling water in along the sides of the serving dishes until it’s about half-way up.  Bake 20-25 minutes or until set and a paring knife, inserted into the center of each, withdraws clean.

6.      Remove them from the oven and from the water bath and transfer to a sheet pan and refrigerate until cold. 

7.      The trick presents itself when it’s time to serve them: turn on your oven’s overhead broiler or if you’re a professional, your salamander oven OR get out your mini-blowtorch.  Cover the tops of the Crème Brule’s with brown sugar, not too heavy, but heavy enough. 

8.      Place the dishes underneath the overhead flame, about 6-8” from the flame and quickly glaze the sugar.  When it’s caramelized, remove them from the oven and top with whipped cream and serve on doily-lined service plates.

Note, you can substitute different flavorings and/or liqueurs for the vanilla or in combination with the vanilla for a variety of different Crème Brule’s.  In one place I worked, they always hid fresh berries in the center of the dish so that when the diner bit into it, he or she was pleasantly surprised.  This is but one amongst many different Crème Brule recipes.

As I informed you yesterday, I have had a great time today and as always enjoy my opportunities to write for the Elemental News of the Day. We urge our readership to write to us and leave comments and if there are any of you, who would care to write an article for us, please get in touch via Magnolia Hilltop Brewers, P.O. Box 20669, Bakersfield, CA 93390-0669.  We obviously don’t pay anything but you will be given a full byline and that’s worth its weight in gold.  We want as many people who want to write to be able to do so and we believe that by presenting a forum for our fellow chefs, we are doing something for our beloved industry.  We love diversity and hope to add new and different authors to our pantheon of chefs, food and beverage directors, and culinary professionals.  Come on and join us, it’ll be fun!

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Day Four is now over and that means we’ve survived “Hump Day” and are on the downhill slide all the way now.  What I must also note is that the summer is fast approaching an end even though it’s not going to be over for awhile, we still survived the horrible months of July and August and early September.  That, my friends, is delightful as even though I am Hawaiian, I still am fazed by the heat! No one enjoys the heat of the valley except for maybe the masochists but to heck with them!  LOL.  Anyhow, please leave some comments and/or become a follower and why not spend some money and purchase an album by the Grateful Dead and/or buy a cookbook from Amazon.com.  We are allied with them and are pleased to market their merchandise! See you next time around! Bye!    

Thank you!

Lilah Paulikovich

Lilah Paulikovich

Pastry Chef, ACF, CEC, CPC, Les Amis de Escoffier Society


This is me as a young chef in the mid-1960 when I was working at the Maui Prince Hotel. I apprenticed under some of the best European chefs back in the day and met Stinkbug, our mentor, on Maui in 1990.


END Commentary for Thursday, September 22, 2011 by Chef Lilah Paulikovich

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This original essay was authored by the one-and-only Chef Lilah Paulikovich

Recipes created by Chef Lilah Paulikovich on March 02, 1997 in Kihei, HI.



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