Dairy is extremely important to our family. I craved milk and ice cream constantly during my pregnancy and so far, milk is all that Some Boy drinks (or eats, for that matter!). Dairy keeps bones strong and prevents high blood pressure, so I incorporate it into many meals to keep my family healthy.
One of my all-time favorite foods is creme brulee. A lot of people don’t make creme brulee because they think it’s hard to cook and involves a lot of complicated tools. My favorite creme brulee recipe is super-simple and requires just seven common ingredients. I made it for #SafewayDairy National Dairy Month using ingredients from Vons (a Safeway affiliate store) and took it along on my family’s first summer picnic!
White Chocolate Creme Brulee
1 cup White Chocolate Caramel Latte-flavored liquid Coffee-Mate
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup granulated sugar
A pinch of salt
5 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 Tbsp light brown sugar
Whisk the egg yolks together in a bowl.
Heat the Coffee-Mate, sugar, cream, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes.
Gradually whisk the cream mixture into the egg yolks. Take care to add it slowly or the hot ingredients will cook the eggs. I usually pour the hot mixture slowly down the side of the bowl to ensure that it doesn’t splash into the eggs too quickly.
Stir in vanilla extract.
Divide the mixture between four 8-ounce ramekins.
Place the ramekins into a large glass pan and fill the pan with hot water about an inch deep.
Cover the pan and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for an hour and ten minutes.
Cool the ramekins completely and refrigerate, covered, for several hours.
Dust the custard with brown sugar and broil under a preheated broiler for about a minute and a half, until sugar melts. Refrigerate for 20 minutes before serving.
I like to serve dairy recipes with fresh berries. I have my yogurt and cereal with fresh fruit, as well as most of my desserts. This creme brulee goes really well with blueberries and strawberries.
Creme brulee was a great dessert for our first summer picnic. It can be tricky to transport; I covered mine with tin foil and packed it carefully in a cooler with ice. Nate also brought along some delicious cheese (Havarti and Gouda) and artisan bread. Some Boy's very first picnic was at Balboa Park. Don’t forget to bring sunblock on your picnic if you’re in an area where shade is scarce! We always make sure that Some Boy is covered in the sun with our Snuggle Mez carseat cover.
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This project has been compensated as part of the June Dairy program for Safeway. All opinions are my own.