Two Years Old

creme brulee

This dessert is inspired in part by a recent episode of Masterchef Australia, (with which I am unhealthily obsessed) when the final four contestants were told to cook from their hearts and produce a dish that they would each serve in their own restaurants. It got me thinking about the kind of food I love to cook the most. If it’s not obvious already, I love making desserts, but my very favourites seem to almost always involve seasonal fruit. But if you add some custard and a crunchy toffee top, I’m in heaven!

This is an interesting interpretation of a Crème Brulée, in which the cream is infused with tea leaves. I decided to stick with the theme and picked up some Sencha Quince tea, flecked with pretty blue cornflower petals, though you could also use French Breakfast tea if you like. It gave such an interesting flavour, one that was hard to put your finger on at first but that was absolutely delicious with the quince. I really liked this dessert – not only eating it, but making it as well. I used caster sugar to caramelise this time, rather than the brown sugar I used on my last crème brulée and this gave a thinner but cracklier toffee.

So here is a little treat from my heart, to celebrate my blog’s 2nd birthday! That’s right, spicyicecream turns two years old today and I couldn’t be happier. This blog has brought me more than I ever imagined and I’ve made so many wonderful friends both in Sydney and beyond. I’d just like to say thank you to all my readers for your visits and comments, your words and thoughts really make my day!

So tell me, friends, is there anything you would like to see on spicyicecream? More restaurant reviews, or more savoury recipes? Should I keep the desserts coming? How about seasonal and special occasion recipes? I would love to hear your thoughts on how to make this blog better over the next year!

Quince and Tea Crème Brulée
Recipe adapted from Gourmet Traveller
Makes 6-8 ramekins

Quinces
• 4 tablespoons caster sugar
• 100ml dessert wine
• Juice of 1 lemon
• ½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped
• 1 cinnamon quill
• 1 quince, peeled, cored and cut into 8 slices

Crème Brulée
• 2 cups pouring cream
• 1/3 cup Sencha Quince tea leaves (or other green tea)
• ½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped
• 4 egg yolks
• ½ cup caster sugar, plus more for bruleeing

1. To prepare the quinces, combine sugar, wine, lemon juice, vanilla bean and seeds, cinnamon, quince pieces and ¼ cup of water in a saucepan and stir over medium heat until sugar has dissolved. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 1 hour or until the quinces are tinged with pink. Allow to cool until required.
2. To make the crème brulee, combine the cream, tea leaves and vanilla seeds in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and allow to stand for 20 minutes to infuse.
3. Combine eggs yolks with ½ cup caster sugar in a small bowl and whisk to dissolve sugar. Bring cream mixture to a simmer again and then pour onto egg mixture, whisking to combine. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve and discard tea leaves.
4. Divide quince pieces between the bases of 6-8 oven proof ramekins. Pour over the cream mixture and place ramekins in a deep sided roasting tray. Add enough hot water to come up about halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake at 160°C (320°F) for 25-30 minutes or until just cooked, then remove ramekins from tray and refrigerate for an hour, or until cold.
5. To serve, scatter with a thin, even layer of caster sugar over each custard and caramelise using a blowtorch. Serve immediately.

18 Comments on “Two Years Old”

  1. Stephcookie

    Congrats on two years! That's amazing Lisa 🙂 I love love love the idea of the quince brulee and I really want to buy that sencha quince tea now! Keep doing what you're doing, I enjoy reading your posts because they're always from the heart and it makes me want to bake even more!

  2. Leona

    Congrattz on your 2 year achievement may there be plenty more aweome dishes you prepare in your kitchen.

    Sounds like this is something we need to celebrate!

  3. Forager

    Sounds like the tea scent would really be lovely in a creme brulee – what a great idea and what a nice recipe to reflect "your heart". I imagine mine would contain some form of meat 🙂

    Happy 2nd Bloggiversary!

  4. Karen

    *clap clap* Happy 2 year anniversary Lisa! And what a perfect dessert to celebrate it. I'm rather intrigued by adding tea but I admit it sounds lusciously ambrosial.

    Keep the cooking and baking going. Not to mention all the beautiful photos and dinnerware! It's exactly why Spicy Icecream remains a long time fave 🙂

  5. Siobhán

    Congratulations on your Blogiversary! 🙂 I love this recipe for your Quince Brulee, I don't know if I'd be brave enough to attempt it though. Love reading your posts! 🙂

  6. Jo from EAT LOVE JUMP

    Hi Lisa,
    I'm new to your blog but was delighted to find this recipe, it looks delicious and I LOVE creme brulee. I live in Israel where I don't think we have quinces. Do you think pears could do instead?
    Conratulations on two years!

  7. Linda

    Congrats Lisa!! I can't believe it's already been two years! Keep up the great posts and hopefully I will see you in Melbourne one day 🙂

    Linda x

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