What can I use for a Crème brûlée instead of a blow torch?

Question

What can I use for a Crème brûlée instead of a blow torch?

Answer

Follow these steps:

  • Set your oven on Broil (high) and put your rack on the top shelf.
  • Let the oven get nice and hot (3-7 minutes).
  • Fill an oven safe dish with crushed ice and water and place your dishes into the ice/water bath.
  • The cold bath should keep the custard from cooking, but the sugar on top will heat till it caramelizes.
  • It'll only take 3-4mins.

Historically, the old fashioned way was with an iron (not like today's steam iron -- a heavy chunk of metal at the end of a handle) you'd heat it up, and press it against the sugar to cook it. Of course this typically means having a chunk of metal that's just slightly smaller than your container.

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