the domestic sphere

my dalliances with all things domestic


do i really need a blowtorch?

for some reason, I have a bee in my bonnet about making a flan or creme brulee for the party we're having in a couple of weeks. i think i came up with flan as the food will be mexican (in a californian way). what's the difference between the two? i think i prefer creme brulee as it's more creamy/less eggy and has that crunchy broiled sugar on top. do i really need the ramekins to cook them in? are they a pain to make? any favorite recipes?

i saw a recipe on epicurious for a bittersweet chocolate-ancho chile one that seemed like it might be trying too hard, but reviewers loved it. then again, a classic creme brulee is, well, classic. i was also thinking of a flourless chocolate cake, because everyone always loves those. and fruit. lots of good fruit.

posted by kristi at 5/17/2004 06:17:00 AM
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