Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Crème Brûlée with lavender and honey

I found this recipe at From Paris to Provence
and I wanted to share it with all the lavender lovers.

Here are the instructions:
2 cups heavy cream 480 ml
½ stalk fresh lavender or
3 T dried cooking lavender 45 ml
6 egg yolks
¼ cup honey 60 ml
¼ cup granulated sugar 50 g

Serves 4-6
Preheat oven to 275º F (135º C).
In a small saucepan bring the cream to a boil, but don’t let it boil over. Remove it from the heat, add the lavender and infuse for 1 hour at room temperature. Using a fine sieve or cheesecloth, strain the mixture and return it to the same saucepan. Heat to a simmer and then remove from the heat immediately. Stir in the honey until dissolved.
In a medium-size mixing bowl, whisk the yolks until they are combined. Continue to whisk while slowly adding a small amount of the warm lavender cream. Add a little bit at a time so the yolks don't cook, until all the cream is mixed in.
Divide the liquid custard among 6-ounce (175 ml) ramekins. Place them in large baking dish. Fill the baking dish with hot water to halfway up the sides of the ramekins and put the baking dish in oven. Bake for 40 minutes and then check every 5 minutes. When fully baked the brûlées will be almost firm but will jiggle just slightly when shaken. Remove the ramekins from the water bath, let them cool and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
To prepare for serving, sprinkle each dessert with 1 tablespoon of sugar. Next, brown (brûlée, or broil) the sugar using a kitchen torch. Sugar can burn quickly, so use the torch carefully until the top is a deep golden brown. Serve immediately.
This is a recipe that I will definitely try today!

French word of today: 
du miel ( d(eu) myehl) = Honey


  1. Dear Ido,
    You are the best at sharing!! I sure wish I lived closer...as cooking is not really my thing! But I'm so in love with Creme Brulee and the the fact that there is lavender in it may force me to give it a try!! I'm going out today to find a special notebook for your french lessons...I just may be needing your help soon...LOL!
    Wishing you a beautiful week!

  2. Yammie !!! like that !! enjoy summer ....love Ria...xxx...

  3. ooooo, thats nice,, lovely summer desert,

  4. Oooh I am going to try this! Beautiful, thank you!
    xox Kerry

  5. oh you KNOW how much i love lavender! i'm going to give this a try! merci mon amie!

  6. This looks way too good!!!! I have got to try this and thanks for sharing the recipe!

  7. We love lavender; however, have never tried it in a recipe. Going to give it a try. Wishing you a beautiful day!

  8. This is my husband's favorite dessert...but we started diets today...Yes...I am a kill joy. :(

  9. Thank you so much for posting our Mountain of Giveaway button on your blog!! You and I have a lot in common. I've never been to Paris but dream of living there and I LOVE everything French. It is one of my biggest passions. I'll be in big trouble when I do get there!!! I am your newest follower!