ffwD: Blueberry Creme Brulee

I’ve featured creme brulee on my blog before and have always opted to follow Ina Garten’s recipe. However, my reliance upon Ina will cause a bit of confusion this time around. Regardless, I was intrigued, probably like most of my fellow Doristas, at Dorie’s suggestion of placing a teaspoon of flavored jam at the bottom of our creme brulee ramekins. What a great twist! So, I used blueberry preserves.

Additionally, my sister (Codename: Chunklet’s mom) is in town, and she has a fondness for Nutella. Now, mind you, we actually have a jar of European Nutella that we bought at Chicago’s Chriskindlmarket. Here’s a picture: As such, I also experimented by placing a dollop of Nutella at the bottom of a creme brulee ramekin as well.

After an hour of baking though, I didn’t understand why my custards were no where near set. So, I re-read the instructions, and I realized my downfall: relying on my past Ina attempts utilizing a water bath. D’oh! No water bath needed for Dorie’s version! So, I quickly pulled the custards out, placed them on a cookie sheet, and baked them for an additional 30 minutes. Here are my results:

To see how other bloggers fared with their creme brulee, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


48 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. InCucinaDaME
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 09:07:15

    crunchy Creme Brulee is my favourite ever !

    And NUTELLA, oh my !

  2. claire
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 09:11:15

    oh my word! can you mail some over to dallas!? it is 9 am and i need a few ramekins on that goodness!

  3. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 09:24:00

    This creme brulee looks mouthwatering! And I’m also a big fan of Nutella, I often eat it for breakfast, spread on a waffle 🙂

  4. Cher
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 09:28:27

    I won’t admit how much Nutella we go through in our house. (For starters, my eldest has a banana smeared with Nutella every morning for breakfast…)

    Actually, a few of us had setting issues but at the end of the day, the results were tasty & that’s what counts. (Blueberry preserves – yum)

  5. Just A Smidgen
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 09:28:28

    I’m in for the one with Nutella! This is a nice change-up for creme brulee!

  6. Liz
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 09:34:27

    I was worried mine wouldn’t be creamy without a water bath, but these were lovely!!! Great twist with the nutella! Happy holidays, my friend!

  7. Eileen
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 10:59:24

    Mmmm blueberry would work beautifully. Glad everyone enjoyed!

  8. oneexpatslife
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 11:36:15

    I’ve always used a water bath to cook creme brulee as well and I think I read and re-read Dorie’s instructions about 10 times just to be sure that I was reading it correctly and she did not call for one. New but it seemed to work.

    How did the nutella work out?

  9. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 12:39:15

    We have two friends that hate chocolate creme brulee. I’m not really sure why, they just do so it’s become a running joke. I’m so going to have to make this one for them. Have a great Christmas.

  10. Parsley Sage
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 14:01:54

    That darned Ina! Well, I think they look delicious 🙂 I love the idea of adding the nutella. Mmm!

  11. Three-Cookies
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 14:44:51

    European nutella? I suppose it tastes exactly the same as American nutella, it should anyway

  12. Dessert By Candy
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 15:05:03

    Oops. I hear you about being on autopilot because you are so used to one recipe! Glad everything turned out alright in the end. So does the European Nutella taste any different?

  13. Alice
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 15:14:00

    LOL! Well did the nutella go over well? They look great, either way! 🙂 Did you brulee the tops also?

  14. Beth
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 15:29:50

    What a great idea to put jam on the bottom! Sounds delicious.

  15. SoupAddict
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 16:15:36

    Love the nutella idea!

  16. Lisa @smartfoodandfit
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 20:20:19

    I love nutella! Great combination of flavors.

  17. Ann
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 20:32:27

    Creme brulle is delicious and I never considered putting a spoonful of jam on the bottom! I’ve put chocolate ganache and it was delicious, but I think I would enjoy the jam more! Bravo!

  18. Cakelaw
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 21:35:22

    Mmmm, Nutella brulee. Yum!!!

  19. sara
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 22:35:15

    That looks amazing! I love creme brulee, what a great idea to put jam in the bottom!

  20. Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    Dec 24, 2011 @ 00:11:19

    Beautiful creme brulee – I bet the Nutella was great too! Merry Christmas to you and your family, and a Happy French Friday too!

  21. Elaine
    Dec 24, 2011 @ 09:12:42

    I was thinking that the reason some of the group’s cremes didn’t set was because the recipe didn’t use a water bath, but reading that you tried it and still had problems makes me realize that it probably takes a longer/higher bake time depending on the depth of the cremes. I didn’t try jam because this was the first time I made these, but I do want to try it another time. I really like your idea of the Nutella with this. I wish you a joyous holiday!

  22. ceciliag
    Dec 24, 2011 @ 09:53:40

    So far I have not ventured into Brulee territory, It seems that i should though! c

  23. Betty Manousos
    Dec 24, 2011 @ 10:40:49

    wow! love me some!

    looks really delicious!
    i need to try it out asap!.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!
    lots of love.

  24. Andi Winslow
    Dec 24, 2011 @ 19:47:56

    No peeking, stopping in to say Merry Christmas, Hope you and your family have a wonderful time together. Thank you for all your visits and kind words. You’re the best food blogger friend. Andi

  25. Betty
    Dec 24, 2011 @ 22:25:01

    I love creme brulee, and your jam and nutella variations both sound delicious! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and all the blessings of the season! 🙂

  26. Inger Wilkerson
    Dec 24, 2011 @ 22:27:55

    The timing on this is interesting because I just attempted a pumpkin pie without the crust in a water bath (with extra egg and almond milk) hoping to make it smoother. The main “pie” in the pie pan never did get done while the leftover filling that I put in ramekins outside the water bath came out fine. Sounds like science experiment time!

  27. Anita Menon
    Dec 24, 2011 @ 23:16:39

    I have tried both the methods of using a bain marie filled with water and directly putting my pots into the oven. Both of them work well.
    The custard looks really yummy.

  28. Kay aka Babygirl
    Dec 24, 2011 @ 23:41:19

    Oh my, this creme brulee looks absolutely amazing. You’ve done such a wonderful job with this recipe. Thanks for sharing. I would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas

  29. Sutapa
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 01:37:19

    Creme brulee looks yuuuuuuum! Love the add of nutella!
    Merry Christmas to you and all your loved ones!

  30. Joyti
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 03:44:58

    No water bath…that is intriguing. I always presumed it was impossible to make creme brulee without a water bath.
    And blueberry and nutella both sound like amazing flavors.

  31. forgottenbeast
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 04:44:05

    I’ve never made (or maybe even eaten??) a creme brulee–but I would love the excuse to purchase a kitchen torch. And nutella and blueberry both sound fantastic. Have a GREAT Christmas!

  32. Von
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 06:49:05

    Love the addition of nutella to an already delicious dessert like this 😉 This looks so good! Merry Christmas 😉

  33. Ameena
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 10:49:05

    Nutella in anything is fantastic bu who would have thought of adding it to creme brulee? Great idea.

    Happy Holidays my friend!

  34. Karen
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 17:20:38

    What a clever idea for your creme brûlée. I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas.

  35. chunklet's mom
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 21:19:01

    Super fun to eat!

  36. Baker Street
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 03:06:34

    Oh! You’re killing me here! Blueberry, creme brulee and nutella! Every bite is a party for your tastebuds!

  37. kitchen flavours
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 09:19:24

    Your creme brulee looks delicious!
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

  38. Tricia S.
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 09:32:32

    I have all of Ina’s books (as does Nana) but we still never thought of braving creme brulee until it made it to the FFWD list. It inspired us to try other versions and thanks for letting me know that Ina has a recipe as well. And a huge thanks for mentionig the Nutella bit of creative genius. My younger son is a creme brulee addict and as well as a Nutella fiend – I can not wait to see his reaction when these two join forces ! Happy Holidays !!

  39. Kristin & Megan (@BonBonRoseGirls)
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 11:49:26

    Wow…I wish that was in front of me right now!

  40. foodfashionandflow
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 14:24:49

    Creme Brulee is one of my favorites! I always order it in restaurants, but I have not tried to make my own yet. This looks amazing!

  41. betsy
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 09:21:51

    Great idea to use a dab of Nutella for the jam. I’ll bet your sister was swooning. Sounds delicious! Hope you had a great Christmas!

  42. lily
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 11:24:56

    wow.. looks incredible!! thanks for stopping by our blog 🙂

    Oh – Fancy That.

  43. Kathy
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 18:09:44

    Your Creme Brulee looks delicious…I love the idea of the Nutella. Very interesting! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

  44. aarthi
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 23:28:44

    First time here..Glad I reached here..Following you right away…This looks delicious.…Totally yummy..Thanks for sharing it dear…Should try it soon…If you have time do check my blog too…


  45. spicegirlfla
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 10:56:34

    I finally received a torch for Xmas!!! I was so excited as I’ve always had to use the broiler! I like Ina’s recipe too but this looks delicious!

  46. Asmita
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 20:20:45

    I am crazy about creme brulee and love Ina Garten’s recipe too. This recipe looks fabulous and I love the addition of the blueberry. I am craving it right now.

  47. sanya
    Dec 29, 2011 @ 04:43:58

    The blueberry sounds great but I love Nutella! What a fab idea!!!

  48. jora
    Dec 30, 2011 @ 11:14:02

    I love Ina – her recipes always seem to work! I’m going to have to try her recipe next time. I love blueberries, but nutella really sounds great 🙂

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