Subverting Creme Brulee

Monday, November 6, 2006

Went out for dessert and drinks on Saturday and found some nice fall flavors offered at a restaurant downtown.

I ordered the maple creme brulee, which was described as “piped in a cup”. The waitress warned me kind of non-specifically that this wasn’t “normal” creme brulee.

I didn’t object, i like different flavors…

the Creme Brulee that was brought out was a wonderfully flavored mousse piped in a praline shell. No top shell of sugar! Now I understand the warning, though they could have been more specific about it.

It was good but didn’t strike me at all like a creme brulee. Maple Creme Mousse… was more like it. Tasted like eating pecan pie in a fluffy cloud of whipped cream.

Maybe the pastry chef was thinking that with the crispy sugar shell holding the mousse, it was almost like an upside down creme brulee?? I don’t think so.

Though the dessert flavors were wonderful, its title caused me to ruminate on it for quite sometime… hence this post

is mousse that out of fashion that it has to be called a Brulee?

5 Comments

posted November 6th, 2006 at 11:17 pm

Also, I’m pretty sure “brulee” translates as “burnt”. So it’s basically just a lie.

I’ll get some torches; grab a pitchfork and meet me downtown.

  • And a spoon! grrrrrr
    –McAuliflower
- Dave
posted November 7th, 2006 at 11:14 am

Which restaurant, which restaurant?!! Was this the secret one? Whatever it was called, it sounds quite delicious…

  • The initials are A.P. and we’re going back for dinner this thursday :)

    –McAuliflower

posted November 7th, 2006 at 11:39 am

I am quite confused that mousse could be out of fashion, especially with the frequency I make it!

I’d try anything maple-flavored at least once. I went into withdrawal when I moved away from New England and had to order maple candies by mail. (Now I can order them online from Vermont Country Store, so my Christmas is complete with maple Santas and chocolate babies.)

posted November 8th, 2006 at 4:33 pm

I would have been really disappointed if I was in a creme brulee mood. They might call it creme brulee mousse or parfait or something instead

- Coral
posted November 13th, 2006 at 3:01 pm

ahh, mousse. i think it sounds old fashioned and stuffy, but it’s such a classic!

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