Coffee creme brulee

November 5, 2008


Flipping my table calendar over and welcoming November I assumed it would be more chilly and I would have to dust our woolies but with the global warming phenomenon the weather these days are becoming more and more un predictable and it is hard to believe that a wind breaker is adequate now in the month of November. Last year same time when we had visited Qingdao to get some first hand information before moving in for a long haul, I simply loved the snow on the beach and it was awesome to see the beautiful pagodas covered with a beautiful layer of white veil surrounded by the fern trees. I hope to see the scenery again. Snowing is not new to me but snow covered beaches was a first.

Seeing off my son at the bus stop, I thought of walking a few rounds of the campus we live and grab some fresh vegetables and fruits from the wet market that is just a stones throw distance. It is only a matter of chance & good fortune if u don’t get duped but I simply love the vibrant colors that are often missing at the supermarket display. Luckily I have a got hang of the numbers in Chinese and so it becomes little bit easy haggling with them over the price but it is very hard to win.

The province we are residing is the bread basket of the country & produces the most naturally grown organic vegetables and fruits. Fruits here are simple luscious and insanely sweet. I was never a fruit fan until coming here and luckily my son does have a penchant for nature’s best gift. I remember once we were traveling to Sikkim and he survived the whole week eating only fruits and drinking milk. The spicy taste of the restaurant food was still unacceptable to him. So we make it a point to carry fruits whenever we travel.

After our family visiting us left, I was leaning to a healthier version of cooking, but with our intense love for sweet, I thought of making something sinful and with Meeta’s event of monthly mingle featuring coffee and tea was the perfect excuse to indulge in the aromatic flavors that linger on with coffee and so with the most opportune moment. I made a change to vanilla creamy brulee and added the diluted Nestle instant coffee powder. It was delectable and we thoroughly enjoyed our helpings.


Here goes the recipe
Serves 2

½ cup cream
2 to3 tablespoon sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
¼ teaspoon instant coffee powder diluted with 2 teaspoon of water.

Heat the cream in a sauce pan and care should be taken not to boil the cream as it will curdle. Whisk the yolk and sugar. Remove the cream from heat and blend it to the egg mixture. Mix well and add cinnamon and coffee.

Heat the sauce pan and keep stirring on low fire for 5 mintues until the mixture thickens.

Preheat the oven to 180’c. In a big baking dish pour water and put the ramekins filled with above mixture. Bake it for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove and let it cool down. It may be a little wobbly in the centre. Cool it the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

Note the coffee mix might be less intense so adjust according to your taste.

Remove and sprinkle ground coffee and cinnamon powder.


Ah yes! Like somebody said eat and drink without any guilt whatever you like but just make sure you never skip on your exercises- My best quote for the day.

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  • Reply Bombay-Bruxelles November 5, 2008 at 7:28 am

    This is sooooo beautiful!!

  • Reply Cakebrain November 5, 2008 at 7:29 am

    Mmm. I love creme brulee! thank you for reminding me of what I should be making next! looks good!

  • Reply Cham November 5, 2008 at 7:29 am

    You are giving me a good dose of caffeine before bedtime 🙂 I am craving for these creme brulee !

  • Reply DEESHA November 6, 2008 at 12:03 am

    looks yumm .. am craving for it now

  • Reply Uma November 6, 2008 at 12:03 am

    aah! this looks so delicious and making me grab that from the picture.

    I like your quote of the day: Eat and drink without any guilt whatever you like but just make sure you never skip on your exercises! How true! I feel the same way!

  • Reply anudivya November 6, 2008 at 12:03 am

    That is a beauty! And the table cloth yellow is just adorable… love it.

  • Reply raaji November 6, 2008 at 12:03 am

    This is my first time here…never knew there was sucha good cook recipes…..
    I really fell in love with your blog…so awesome pics i couldnt resist myself from trying these…kaash meee vaahaa hothee…:)Not everybody is Lucky!!

    Have a nice day.

  • Reply ranji November 6, 2008 at 12:03 am

    looks awesome!!!i always wanted to try creme brulee but it always requires the need to use blowing torch in the end which put me dwn…but here it looks like u havent used any torch…sounds so simple and easy and not many eggs used too….crust looks crispy as it 🙂

  • Reply Curry Leaf November 6, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Lovely,I wish I could recreate it without eggs.There are certain dishes that can not do without eggs,thats what I believe.So tempting

  • Reply Bhawana November 6, 2008 at 12:03 am

    I never heard something like this before. But ur pics made me drool over this. it is so tempting and mouthwtareing I cant stop myself looking at this again n again. good one to share.

  • Reply Kitchen Flavours November 6, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Yummy. Awesome click of pics and nice presentation too.

  • Reply Aparna November 6, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Creme Brulee, and with coffee! That’s just great, Shibani.
    I know, the weather here’s been funny too. But finally, its started cooloing down to temperatures that are normal for this time of the year. 🙂

  • Reply Clumbsy Cookie November 6, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Loving creme brulée and coffee flavoured things I can see my self really loving this!

  • Reply Divya Vikram November 6, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Lovely quote!! Ah!! wish I had these rite now..You tempt me with ur pics..and I love your cutlery..

  • Reply Vaishali November 6, 2008 at 3:07 am

    I used to love creme brulee once upon a non-vegan time. Yours looks lovely, Pearls.

  • Reply Dibs November 6, 2008 at 6:38 am

    Hello, You have a delightful blog, with lovely photographs! Nice work.

  • Reply sowmya November 6, 2008 at 6:39 am

    nice recipe…looks yummy…

  • Reply Meeta K November 6, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    i absolutely adore creme brulee! this is a great recipe! thanks for bringing it along to the MM!

  • Reply Jo November 6, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Looks delicious. I’ve yet to creme brulee. Have to give this a go and also try out a mini torch which my hubby bought for me a while back. I even have the ramkins (unused as yet) for this.

  • Reply Manggy November 6, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Ooh, delicious! I made coffee creme brulees a long time ago (before I started blogging), they’re excellent.

    I’m usually the type who looks at the silver lining and say that at least you don’t have chilly weather but I feel really bad for the state of our environment now, no matter what the apparent benefits are 🙁

  • Reply Passionate About Baking November 6, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    A lady after my heart Shibani…coffee is so me & this creme brulee is delectable! I'd love to dive in!!

  • Reply Usha November 7, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Your creme brulee looks very very tempting…

  • Reply soma November 7, 2008 at 12:08 am

    That looks so delicious. My all time favorite, ever since i was a kid… the best is ur combination of coffee.

  • Reply Sireesha November 7, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Looks delicious…..Wanted to have right now…

  • Reply Yasmeen November 7, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Coffee in creamy creme brulee is a splendid idea. Pretty presentation.

  • Reply Arfi Binsted November 7, 2008 at 3:51 am

    coffee and cream, I won’t say no!!

  • Reply Sujatha November 7, 2008 at 3:51 am

    awesome brulee! never had this before and I can take this sugar treat anytime 🙂 I will definitely try this soon..

  • Reply Priya November 9, 2008 at 1:08 am

    First time here…am drooling over the coffee creme brulee,looks delicious..Lovely blog u have…awesome clicks..

  • Reply Peppercorn Press November 9, 2008 at 1:08 am

    I love to indulge in créme brulée every so often… this coffee version sounds delectable. Of course, I love anything with coffee too. I think this makes an exquisite combination and can’t wait to try. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Madhavi November 9, 2008 at 1:08 am

    Beautiful presentation and very nice recipe looks divine!!!!

  • Reply Roopa November 9, 2008 at 1:08 am

    Wow what a beautiful collection of recipes, and the photos look amazing:) I love creme brulee, never tried coffee brulee, thanks for sharing:)

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