Elegantly Easy Crème Brûlée

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SKU: 9781580630085A
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Puente, Debbie
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Renaissance Books

At last, crème brûlée has been demystified. Debbie Puente has taken the complexity out of making this delicious delicacy, and has compiled 70 irresistible recipes that include a wide variety of silken and sinfully rich desserts, as well as some unexpected savory recipes guaranteed to surprise and delight the palate.

Few desserts can compare with crème brûlee. It takes the simplest of ingredients -- fresh cream, eggs, sugar, and the humble vanilla bean -- and transforms them into a deliciously decadent pleasure that is much easier to prepare than most would think.

Debbie Puente has compiled 70 recipes that from the classic to the elaborate, including such temptations as Orange Cardamom, Milk Chocolate Caramel, French Lemon Custard, and Chocolate and Blackberry Tart Crème Brûlée. Adventurous cooks will especially appreciate the savory recipes such as Caramelized Maui Onion or Roasted Sweet Garlic Crème Brûlée. For a light dessert, with all the flavor but fewer calories, there's Eggless Crème Caramel, or Sugarless Maple Custard. You will also find other custard-based desserts such as flan, rice pudding, and a wonderfully inventive way to use croissants to turn a simple bread pudding into an elegant presentation.

In addition to her own creations, the author has included famous restaurant recipes such as Star Canyon's Stacked Banana Crème Brûlée Tostada with Cajeta, La Brasserie's Crème Brûlée Chaude avec des Fruits, and Goat Cheese Crème Brûlée with Papaya Sauce from EMI on Melrose.

Elegantly Easy Crème Brûlée features a comprehensive and easy-to-understand guide to ingredients and supplies, plus tips and time-saving ideas to help you feel confident in the preparation and take pride in your final presentation.

Debbie Puente is a Southern California-based food writer. She is editor and publisher of the online international newsletter, Foodstuff, and a contributing editor to other newsletters, newspapers, and magazines. Currently, Debbie is the Food Community Moderator for Prodigy Internet. When not writing, she works as a sales associate at a Williams-Sonoma cooking-supply store, and also is a regular guest on the cable show The Amateur Gourmet, with Jill Freedman Gorelick. Debbie is married and the mother of three boys.

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