Creme Brulee itself is quite simple, the history of its origins is much debated and many countries lay their claim on this cream. In this blog, I will explain to you the history of Creme Brulee, where to eat, and also how to make it!
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What is Creme Brulee?
To start, it’s delicious. Creme brulee translated literally from French means ” Burnt Cream”. This is due to the fact that before serving, sugar is sprinkled on top of the dessert, and then with a handheld blow torch you caramelize the sugar on top of the cream- Burnt Cream.
To make the cream itself, all you need are typical staples of Heavy cream, eggs, sugar, and a few other ingredients which you can see farther below since I have included my favorite recipe for this delicious Dessert.
The Origins of Creme Brulee
So where does this originate from? Well, that of course depends on who you ask. The Catalans in Spain have their ” Crema Catalana” and claim that they were the first. The French will of course claim they were the first and the British also claim that they were the first to invent the ” Burnt Cream”.
The fact of the matter is that nobody really knows. What we do know is that creams and custards were quite common during the late Medieval period so it could be that they originated in all of the places above mentioned at the same time! The one fact remains is that it tastes really really good.
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Where to Get the Best Creme Brulee in Paris?
I will first put here a few places around the city where the creme brulee is really good and then below will finish off with the absolute best, because what if you are in a different part of town but feel the urge for Creme Brulee? I got you covered.
You will notice that pretty much all the places that I recommend are small, local restaurants, where it’s not too heavy on your wallet, but the food is very good.
Here is our list of the best Creme Brulee by Paris neighborhood:
Montmartre (18th arr.): Le Potager du Pere Thierry
St Germain des Pres (6th arr.): Bouillon Racine
Le Marais (3rd arr.): Chez Janou
Near Eiffel Tower (7th arr.): La Fontaine de Mars
Now for the Best
I have saved the best for last ( in my opinion) and if you go here, please reach out to me about your experience. I am sure you will leave satisfied. Drumroll, please.. Au petit riche is the restaurant.
It has been operating as a restaurant supposedly since 1854 and is the kind of place where you feel immediately right at home with its Belle Epoque decor. If you are going to eat dinner before diving into the dessert, then you enjoy flavors from the Loire valley, which is the specialty of the Restaurant.
Once your stomach is almost full, then it’s time for the Creme Brulee. On the menu, it says organic Vanilla Creme Brulee, so it’s also healthier! They have created the perfect balance between cold cream below and crispy sweetness above when they caramelize the sugar. You won’t be disappointed.
Best Creme Brulee Recipe
This is the Best Creme Brulee Recipe. So full disclosure that the recipe is not mine per se. I feel like I have made it enough times to be my own and feel free to do little experiments once you have mastered the basics of this.
Enjoy and let me know how it tastes!