Crème brûlée: For the fancy-shmancy real foodie inside of you!

Crème brûlée: For the fancy-shmancy real foodie inside of you!

“Crème brûlée? What’s that?”

That was the simple question I asked my friend when she informed me that we were going to make crème brûlée one night. We were nearing our twenties, and my idea of dessert was still cookies, cake, or a candy bar. You know, the usual “SAD” stuff. In my foodie innocence, I had never heard of crème  brulee.

“It’s a custard. And you get to use a torch at the end! It’s my dad’s favorite!”

It was obvious that my friend was really excited to make this amazingly fancy-shmancy dessert. Custard? Fire? I wasn’t too excited, to be honest. I would have much rather made some delicious cookies and stuffed myself silly than attempt to make some sort of custard dessert… especially since our odds of burning down the house were pretty high. (Teenagers and torches should not be allowed. I don’t care how teeny-tiny and “cute” the torch is.)

It’s funny how things change.

As I’ve made a switch to real food, I’ve noticed a huge change in my tastes. For all those people who swear that they hate any particular food, I say “give it time…. and lots of tries.” When you put good food in your body, eventually it starts to taste good. And subsequently, artificial food takes on a new life as well. (Not to say that I don’t occasionally crave bad things… but I definitely feel the difference in my body, making me want it less.)

This is definitely true in terms of my tastes for desserts. I’ve always been a fan of baking and baked goods. I’d take a warm cookie over a candy bar any day. But I’d still want the candy bar. Now? Well, I don’t think I’ve had a piece of candy in over a year… probably only a random piece or two in the past two years. I just don’t want it any more.

I want real food.

I still like to indulge every now and then. After all, food shouldn’t be some sort of rigid punishment or cause for crazy-induced-nazi-controlled militarism. Food has always brought people together, and we should definitely enjoy our food.

Enter crème brûlée.

Healthy Creme Brulee RecipeAh, how the times have changed. My favorite (seriously I LOVE THIS STORE) local Real Foods Market makes an awesome crème brûlée. It’s made from delicious raw cream (that you could easily skim off of their yummy raw milk), their very own pastured eggs, some pure maple syrup, a pinch of their real salt and some vanilla. Simple. Real. And so yummy.

Not too long ago they gave out their recipe on their facebook page. (How nice, right?) This recipe is adapted from theirs, with just a few subtle changes. It’s so easy. It’s so delicious. Make it for your friends. They will be amazed at your fancy-schmany crème brûlée skills.

Better yet… make it for yourself. Eat it all. I won’t tell.

Why choose crème brûlée over that candy bar?

The few, simple, real ingredients that are in this recipe are far superior to the lengthy, unknown, fake ingredients in your typical candy bar. Egg yolks from pastured hens are deeply nutrient-dense. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A and E as well as choline. And for all you baby-hopin’ ladies, consider this:

Choline is of particular importance to the preconception and pregnancy diet as requirements for the developing nervous system.  Most pregnant and lactating women are not consuming adequate choline for their developing babies and researchers are calling for increased consumption of choline-rich foods among pregnant and lactating women.  Choline is particularly critical in tooth development as well as brain development.  Indeed, a mother’s intake of choline during pregnancy may improve the capability for memory in her child.  Beyond an essential role in brain development and the capacity for memory, promising studies found that maternal intake of choline might significantly decrease cognitive dysfunction seen in Downs Syndrome, at least in mice. (via Nourished Kitchen – click to view sources)

Fresh raw cream is a living food containing beneficial bacteria and enzymes which are otherwise destroyed during pasteurization. These enzymes aid in digestion of macronutrients and allow for better absorption of micronutrients. The beneficial bacteria promotes intenstinal health and a well-functioning immune system.

Yes, this dessert has a lot of fat in it. But I’m not afraid of fat. In fact, I think fat (good, real fat) is essential to good health.  Of course, I’d still eat this in moderation because of the sugar (even though the pure maple syrup and organic cane sugar are better than the processed white sugar). But this crème brûlée beats a candy bar any day.


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  1. Lauren

    First off, I’m insanely jealous that you have a store that sells raw milk. I know “foodies” are supposed to love the whole farm-visit thing, but I just…don’t. Oh, the shame! Anyway…

    I do love a good Crème Brûlée, but I’ve never made one at home, despite my husband’s love for torching things. We don’t have a kitchen torch, we have one of those enormous things one buys at a hardware store. So, I guess we need to make crème brûlées and put the monster to use.

    Oh my goodness, I’ve recently made the switch to unrefined sugars and the taste is so superior. I recently found myself wondering if I could make buttercream frosting with it!

    1. Post author

      I know. I am amazed at how much more flavorful real sweeteners are.

      We also just use one of the big torches form the hardware store. My husband loves it. :)

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  3. Carissa

    I make this all the time. I have 5 kids so I always make a huge batch and serve the leftovers for breakfast the next day!

    1. Post author

      We’ve definitely had our share of Creme Brulee breakfast days. :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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