Crème Brûlée Tart with Figs

I hadn’t had crème brûlée for years when I came upon it on a restaurant menu last week. Interestingly, rather than serve the classic French dessert in a ramekin, the pastry chef opted for a rather inimitable presentation.

Fig crème brûlée tart

The crème brûlée custard was cut into cubes, arranged on a plate, and then caramelized. A variety of fruity sauces and shredded pieces of cake adorned the dish. The clever presentation inspired this blog post.

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Chocolate and Vanilla Pudding

This is a post about pudding. I’m not going to start this post by saying that store bought pudding tastes awful. I’m not. Store-bought pudding can be awesome if you buy the right brand, like most everything else. What I’m going to say is that if you don’t want to go running out to the store you can make pudding from scratch almost effortlessly from home. It’s really not that hard and the results are downright amazing. It’s not that store-bought pudding is bad, it’s that home-made pudding is just so much better.

Dark chocolate and vanilla pudding topped off with sour raspberry compote

I’m also not going to tell you to use “the finest quality vanilla” or “organic milk and eggs” because pudding isn’t supposed to be “organic”. Pudding is supposed to be simply delicious, with emphasis on both simplicity and deliciousness. It’s also supposed to be how stereotypical grandmas make it, and I’m pretty sure they don’t use organic milk. I wouldn’t really know though – I don’t have a stereotypical grandma.

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