Five Spoons of Creme Brulee

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Mark Okumura from the "Great Chefs of Hawaii" cookbook.  Alan Wong's Restaurant Honolulu, OahuEach person is served 5 separate chinese porcelain soup spoons filled with a different flavor of creme brulee.

 

The aromatic flavorings of each kind of brulee must infuse in the cream, so each combination is brought to a very slow simmer before being added separately to egg yolks and sugar. The reward is five exotic flavors and a stunning presentation of a much-loved dessert. Lilikoi is the Hawaiian term for passion fruit; passion fruit puree can be found frozen in many supermarkets.

Recipe By: Mark Okumura Great Chefs of Hawaii
  • PrepN/A |
  • TotalN/A |
  • Serves8

Ingredients

  • Garnish:
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 ounces chocolate, shaved
    • 8 strips crystallized ginger
    • 24 lilikoi seeds
    • 1/4 cup diced raw mango
    • 8 coffee beans
    • 8 mint sprigs
  • Hawaiian Vintage Chocolate Creme Brulee:
    • 1 1/2 cups heavy (whipping) cream
    • 2 ounces
    • Hawaiian vintage
    • 3 egg yolks
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • Lilikoi Creme Brulee:
    • 1-1/2 cups heavy (whipping) cream
    • 1/4 cup
    • lilikoi
    • puree
    • 3 egg yolks
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • Mango Creme Brulee:
    • 1-1/2 cups heavy (whipping) cream
    • 1/4 cup sliced mango, pureed
    • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    • 3 egg yolks
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • Thai Creme Brulee:
    • 1 1/2 cups heavy (whipping) cream
    • 1 lemongrass stalk, white part only, split lengthwise
    • One 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut in 1/8 inch slices
    • 6 Kaffir lime leaves, minced
    • 1 Hawaiian or Thai chili, halved and seeded
    • 3 egg yolks
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter

Instructions

To make the Kona mocha brulee: In a heavy, medium pan over very low heat, bring the cream to a low simmer. Add the espresso grounds and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and strain through 2 layers of cheesecloth into a small bowl, pressing down on the espresso with the back of a spoon to extract all the flavor.

In a double boiler over simmering water, whisk yolks and sugar together and cook until very thick, about 5 minutes. Place the pan in a bowl of ice water, gently stirring the egg mixture. Stir in the infused cream, butter, and milk chocolate until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is blended. Remove from the ice bath, place in a small bowl, cover, and refrigerate.

To make the Thai brulee: In a heavy, medium pan over very low heat, bring the cream to a low simmer. Add the lemongrass, ginger, lime leaves, and chili. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and strain through 2 layers of cheesecloth into a small bowl, pressing down on the pulp with the back of a spoon to extract all the liquid.

In a double boiler over simmering water, whisk yolks and sugar together and cook until very thick, about 5 minutes. Place the pan in a bowl of ice water, gently stirring the egg mixture. Stir in the infused cream and butter until blended. Remove from the ice bath, place in a small bowl, cover, and refrigerate.

To make the mango brulee: In a heavy, medium pan over very low heat, bring the cream to a low simmer. Add the mango puree and lemon juice and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain through 2 layers of cheesecloth into a small bowl, pressing down on the pulp with the back of a spoon to extract all the liquid.

In a double boiler over simmering water, whisk yolks and sugar together and cook until very thick, about 5 minutes. Place the pan in a bowl of ice water, gently stirring the egg mixture. Stir in the infused cream and butter until blended. Remove from the ice bath, place in a small bowl, cover, and refrigerate.

To make the lilikoi brulee: In a heavy, medium pan over very low heat, bring the cream to a low simmer. Add the lilikoi pulp and seeds, juice, or puree and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain through 2 layers of cheesecloth into a small bowl, pressing down on the pulp with the back of a spoon to extract all the liquid.

In a double boiler over simmering water, whisk yolks and sugar together and cook until very thick, about 5 minutes. Place the pan in a bowl of ice water, gently stirring the egg mixture. Stir in the infused cream and butter until blended. Remove from the ice bath, place in a small bowl, cover, and refrigerate.

To make the chocolate brulee: In a heavy, medium pan over very low heat, bring the cream to a low simmer. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate. In the top of a double boiler over simmering water, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar and cook together until very thick, about 5 minutes. Place the pan in a bowl of ice water, gently stirring the mixture. Stir in the chocolate mixture and butter. Remove from the ice bath, place in a small bowl, cover, and refrigerate.

To serve: Preheat the broiler. Spoon each flavor of brulee into 8 individual ceramic Chinese soup spoons. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon sugar over each. Place under the broiler for 2 to 4 seconds, or until glazed. Top each flavor with the appropriate garnish: a coffee bean on the Kona mocha, crystallized ginger on the Thai, the reserved lilikoi seeds on the lilikoi, diced mango on the mango, and chocolate shavings on the chocolate. Arrange 5 spoons, one of each flavor, side by side on a long rectangular plate and garnish the plate with mint. Repeat with remaining spoons.

Additional Notes

pulp with seeds, or passion fruit juice or
or other good- quality bittersweet chocolate
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