Two things that make me really happy around the holidays are peppermint and an ultra creamy creme brulee recipe. This easy peppermint creme brulee recipe with a candy cane top is just the thing to usher in the holiday spirit!
My first memory of eating creme brulee was 18 years ago when I had just started dating Lt. Dan.
He took me to a steak house we both thought was extremely elegant at that time. After an enormous meal, he picked up the dessert menu and said, “I don’t care how full we are, we have to order the creme brulee here.”
I didn’t know what creme brulee was, but the way he talked about it made me weak with curiosity.
When the little dish was placed on the table, Dan looked up at me with a twinkle in his eyes and said, “Now watch this.” He gently tapped the glassy top on the custard and the caramelized sugar cracked open, revealing a delicate vanilla custard underneath.
That was the moment I realized I was in love…
With creme brulee.
And possibly with Dan.
Anyone who could introduce me to such a glorious little treat was bound to be full of surprises.
This easy creme brulee incorporates my favorite creme brulee recipe and my favorite holiday flavor, peppermint. (And was made for my favorite guy.)
Today’s Seasonal Seven Recipe is fabulous for holiday dinner parties because it’s easy to prepare, can be made days in advance, offers subtle elegance, and festive flavors.
I used McCormick Peppermint and Vanilla Extract to add depth to the Peppermint Creme Brulee Recipe, then crushed peppermint candy canes to sprinkle over the top.
Bruleeing the candy cane powder creates a toasted stained-glass surface that shatters into the creamy goodness below, when tapped.
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