Monday, October 31, 2011

I was still very good!

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 I really wanted to make the traditional Crême Brulée but, every recipe I found, had 8 egg yolks and 1 cup of cream; not a good thing for this lady; cholesterol is an issue. What is a person to do?…so I cheated.

Last Christmas Jean gave this book; La cuisine by Françoise Bernard;  it is  a culinary bible featuring 1,000 recipes from this legendary woman who revolutionized French cooking by simplifying recipes for the home Cuisine 003

Françoise has recipes that are easier than what most people think of typical French cuisine.  Each recipe begins with the English & French title.  Next,  she outlines how easy or difficult it is to prepare and how expensive it is.  After each recipe there is her personal little note; “From Françoise”. 

There are no photos here;  it is like reading a novel;  we find out how the French families really eat; very similar to the way we enjoy our daily meals; all you need is your imagination to make it happen.

I found her Crême Caramel Recipe in this book and made my Cheater's version of Crême Brulée.  I needed something special; we were celebrating Thisha’s birthday.  It was kind of bold on my part with the 2 chefs sitting at the table; Jean and Kathryn. (she was nice enough to use the blowtorch part without knowing yet that I had cheated).

I was watching as they tasted and tested and I knew they knew what I had done; at this point I am pretty sure I blushed.   I wasn’t aware that is was one of their things; test Crême Brulées in restaurants just to see if the chef made the Real Thing; of course I just got a knowing glance.  I cheated and I’m glad I did; I have tasted a lot worse and paid big bucks in several restaurants.

Here is the tasty,healthy and easy recipe:

Faux Crême Brulée

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  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

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In a small sauce pan, combine1/4 cup sugar with 2 Tablespoons water.

Place over medium high heat; bring to a simmer and cook stirring often until sugar dissolves.

Partly cover pan and continue cooking until sugar turn medium amber.

Immediately remove pan from heat and let cool slightly.

Add 3 Tablespoons of water and return to medium low heat to melt the caramel.

In a bowl whisk the cornstarch with the remaining sugar, the salt, the eggs and the milk.

Pour into a medium saucepan, place over medium heat and cook stirring constantly

with a wooden spoon, until the cream thickens.Add vanilla. When pudding barely simmers,

remove the pan from heat.

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Stir the caramel into the pudding. If lumps form, use your whisk.

Spoon into dessert dishes or ramekins.

Cover and refrigerate until cold. I placed mine a cake pan and covered with foil making sure the pudding did not touch the foil.

Refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.

Just before serving, while someone is preparing coffee,

sprinkle with white fine sugar and caramelize with a slow torch.

Faux Crême Brulée


Sage's Tips

Sage’s Tips.

Make sure you cover this properly otherwise a skin will form on your custard.

Use fine sugar to make caramelizing easier.

Thank you again for your visits and kind words. Don’t ever be afraid to improvise in the kitchen. Have you ever cheated in your kitchen?

Happy Cooking,


pork 002my cute little blow torch.


  1. Hi Rita: I find your recipe very interesting because it is important to control cholesterol! Greetings from Spain!

  2. Faux or not it does sound delicious. Creme caramel is just as good!

  3. I love creme brulee and this recipe sounds great. Looks good too! xo

  4. Oh, it looks so good! This type of dessert is a favorite of mine so I will certainly be making this recipe soon. Thanks for creating a healthy version for us all.

  5. Deliciously done and reducing eggs is a lovely idea!!yummy!

  6. Ooooh this looks delicious! I love Crême Brulée too! It's nice to know there's a healthy version out there!

    Happy Halloween!

  7. I never would have guessed by looking at it that it was a healthier low calorie version. Good to know, thank you!

  8. Looks fabulous! Dropped by to say Happy Hallowe'en to one of my favourite bloggers!

  9. Rita, I love your version of creme brulee...nothing like a lighter version with the same taste. Looks beautiful.
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead :-)

  10. OH BOY... HAPPY HALLOWEEN! and these look amazing. What a great idea!

    Thank you so much for adding these to We have you all set up and you have your own recipe page where everything that you submit will be collected (plus of course you are on our home page right now!)
    to see your page and hope to see you adding many more!


  11. Oh my!!!It looks beautiful! And I bet it's delicious! I used to have creme brulee in the past and your version of it made me want to give it a try! And you're right, never be afraid of experimenting and trying new things!

  12. I love Creme Brulee and any recipe that can cut the unwanted calories and fat is worth a try. It looks delicious!

  13. This sounds like a yummy compromise!

  14. I cheat in the kitchen ALL the time! Whole milk? Cream? Rarely used around these parts - skim does the trick. Also, whenever a recipe calls for a strawberry or raspberry sauce made from cooked fruit and sugar - I just microwave some jam and use that instead. I like easy - and your easy creme brulee looks delish!

  15. I wouldn't mind tasting this version; looks superb!

  16. J'aime bien ta version, elle fait plus santé:)

  17. Ummm, Sage, this is one of my favorite desserts and also, my son in law loves it. I am going to make this for him and he will love me forever and ever...amen. :))
    Thanks for the great and less fat recipe. Mr. Sweet and I have to watch that, too.
    xo bj

  18. Very cool cheat! It turned out beautifully and looks full fat and naughty :)

  19. I have to give this a try. It sounds delicious even with the changes that she made to the recipe. Bob loves creme brulee and it would be a godsend to find a healthier version of it. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  20. Oh I am glad that you found a good way to enjoy your favorite without hiking up your cholesterol! Looks great!

  21. This creme brulee looks great! I'd never think it's a healthy version!

  22. Wonderful adaptation, Rita! Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. Have a delicious day. (I'd say YOU live in paradise, surrounded by everything French.)

  23. Thank you for your kind comment Rita, it was a rough day and you made me smile a little. How funny they knew you cheated. I've made lighter versions of different things but never this. I do love cream, but it doesn't love me as much any more. Will have to try this next time I make it. Hope you have a great week.

  24. Hi, Rita: Thanks for your nice comments and stopping by my blog! You know we should have downsized because the kids are gone but we didn't. We love the lake.

    This is a great recipe, love the idea of a healthier creme brulee.

  25. Elle est belle!

    On my list..Sounds like a very interesting book..thank you I had never heard of it~

  26. I got to try your version of creme brulee. This sounds like a recipe I should use if I want to eat it often. Thanks Rita.

  27. I have never made creme brulee before. Crazy, huh? I guess I'm always afraid I'll mess it up. I need to have your confidence! Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a beautiful Wednesday full of laughter and love.

  28. Looks delish! I love cream brulee SO much! I only eat it when we go to restaurants. I have made it a couple of times but your right about all the eggs and cream... I would rather use those calories somewhere else.
    Rainey @ The Project Table

  29. Wow...that sounds a perfect recipe. A healthy Cream great is that :)

  30. I LOVE creme brulee & to have a HEALTHY!!!

  31. I absolutely adore creme brulee! I love your "cheater" version; yum!

  32. Dear Rita, It is o.k. to cheat when the results are satisfying, as yours were. I am glad that you put yourself first and thought about your health and made the healthy version. I will have to give this a try since it is simple and delicious, a good combination. Blessings, from your friend, Catherine ox

  33. It looks like a special treat to me. I like to improvise and is it really cheating when you get a healthier version?

  34. Totally Yummy..I should definetly try this as soon as possible.thanks for the recipe dear..Following your blog straight away..If you have time Check out my blog too..

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  35. I don't think I've ever looked at a creme brulee recipe properly....8 egg yolks! :O Your one looks every bit as great, and I can imagine how great it tastes too! ;)

  36. Hi dear, first time here and loved ur space. Glad to follow u.
    I love the way you have written the recipe, makes it easy to understand and try and yes I agree we should learn to tweak and cheat to improvise.



  37. Looks awesome Rita..I mean who would resist..


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  39. I am the queen of kitchen cheaters! That being said, I cannot imagine how delicious that dish must be with eight egg yolks and a cup of heavy cream!! However, I think that I'll be trying your rendition. Thanks for reminding me about the blow torch--I plan to put one in my husband's Christmas stocking.


  40. These look and sound so mouthwatering! I love Creme Brulee but I've never made it myself... Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  41. Maravilloso blog y maravillosa creme brulee! te sigo! Besos desde Madrid y feliz fin de semana,

  42. Yummy! Who doesn't love a good creme brulee!

  43. Dear Rita this brulée look amazing Im agree a lot of recipes have so many eggs, I always adapted this!! look really nice! gloria

  44. Amazing idea and superb brulée :)

  45. Mmmmh...Creme Brulee....yummy!!!

  46. I would love to try this healthy version. Delicious looking.

  47. The coffee is on! Where's the Creme Brulee??? Cholesterol issues are on my list to tackle also. But first, I must learn how to torch!

    That book sounds like my kind of book. I'm still trying to find a copy of Culinary Landmarks: A Bibliography of Canadian Cookbooks by Elizabeth Driver. I believe she is a French author.

    Thanks for sharing, Rita...

  48. I don't call that cheating at all! You made a delicious homemade dessert that was more heart friendly- I think that was smart! It sounds wonderful. :)

  49. I think that this is a lovely alternative to the higher fat content with a traditional Crême Brulée...I think it is a smart choice versus cheating :)


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