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Creme Brulee getting soft

post #1 of 14
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How long will the the burnt sugar stay hard on creme brulee, if refrigerate?  I make it and torch the sugar right before serving.  If I burn the sugar and then refrigerate it, how long will it be good?  Thanks

post #2 of 14

Depends on humidity factor of your fridge. I torch them right before serving. Then I don't have to worry, never run and never soggy or soft.

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post #3 of 14
If caramel at the bottom is refrigerated together w/ the flan or brulee overnight it will liquify the next day when unmolded. Torching will keep it hard and crunchy when done right b4 serving as what Chef Ed Buchanan mentioned.
post #4 of 14

Now I'm confused!

 

The reference to caramel with regards to flan makes some sense, but I fail to see how that transfers to Crème Brûlée.

 

Perhaps I've been educated incorrectly, but I do not think  Crème Brûlée involves caramel.

 

I do agree that if the Crème Brûlée is stored with the crystallized sugar top the quality will suffer.

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If caramel at the bottom is refrigerated together w/ the flan or brulee overnight it will liquify the next day when unmolded. Torching will keep it hard and crunchy when done right b4 serving as what Chef Ed Buchanan mentioned.
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post #5 of 14

I also torch mine right before service. Otherwise you will get condensation on the top, thus becoming soft.

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post #6 of 14
Brulee or flan, they are similar. Its not chocolate cake and roast beef. No big deal.
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Brulee or flan, they are similar. Its not chocolate cake and roast beef. No big deal.


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Brulee or flan, they are similar. Its not chocolate cake and roast beef. No big deal.

Prettycake, I respectfully disagree.

 

Granted, they are both custards, but beyond that they are not similar, either in preparation nor presentation, at least the way I've been taught. over the past, um, let's just say in excess of 50 years and leave it at that.

 

Perhaps your education is different.

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post #9 of 14

Just torch them before serving. I think they are better that way. It just isn't the way they are supposed to be when torched then served after sometime, you know since we're dealing with sugar. :) I hope this helps...
 

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post #10 of 14

How long can cooked creme brulee hold in refrigeration? (& torch before service)

post #11 of 14
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Brulee or flan, they are similar. Its not chocolate cake and roast beef. No big deal.[/quote



A flan is made with whole eggs and milk. When properly made and chilled, it is removed from its form, and served upside down--that iis to say the caramel bottom is now on top. It is firm enough to "cut" with a spoon.

A brulee is made with cream and yolks only. When properly made and chilled, it has a "soupy" consistency, (i.e. like a heavy cream) and cannot be removed from its ramekin. Sugar is spread on the surface and caramelized with a blow torch.

Ive done parties where I caramelised brullees 2 or 3 hours in advance, popped them in the fridge, and the sugar was still hard enough to shatter with a spoon.

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post #12 of 14
Oh sorry. I wasn't clear. I will sugar & torch then when ordered. I'm asking how long they hold in the fridge, with no sugar crust. 5 days?
post #13 of 14
5 days is fine. A week is starting to push it
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5 days is fine. A week is starting to push it

My experience is a bit different: 2 days, maybe 3, is fine; five is pushing it.

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