The 27th of July is Crème Brûlée Day.
The caramel layer makes a satisfying crack as you press your spoon into it, making for a dessert that is crunchy and creamy at the same time.
Do you like yours room temperature, or chilled?
Today, you get to have crème brûlée for breakfast, lunch and dinner, if you want.
Typically the custard is vanilla, and that is the default. Have you ever had it flavoured in other ways, though? Chocolate, green tea or Grand Marnier, perhaps? What about a bacon or salt pork custard underneath the caramel layer; would you try that? Or maybe a lobster, Parmesan and corn custard crème brûlée as an appetizer? How about a cookies n’ cream option for the kiddies?
Crème brûlée doesn’t have to be complicated to make; there are some no-bake recipes for it.
Vegan options can be made with tofu instead of the custard.
Activities for today
- Make some crème brûlée;
- make some with fruit and granola at the bottom underneath the custard for a breakfast crème brûlée;
- buy some crème brûlée from the chiller section of your supermarket;
- have friends over for crème brûlée and coffee;
- go out to a café or restaurant and order crème brûlée for dessert;
- try crème brûlée ice cream;
- look for promotions and deals at restaurants today;
- treat yourself to a kitchen blowtorch;
- for a difference, make it in a scooped-out pineapple shell slice (leaving a bit of the bottom in each slice). Kitts, Kayla. Celebrate National crème brulée Day (yup!) with these unique takes on the traditional, torched dessert. Toronto, Canada: Home and Garden TV. 27 June 2016. Accessed June 2021 at https://www.hgtv.com/design/design-blog/entertaining/our-summer-twist-on-the-classic-creme-brulee
The earliest print mention that CooksInfo is aware of for a Crème Brûlée Day in July occurred in 2007 in New Jersey:
“Friday [27th July 2007]: It’s National Crème Brûlée Day, proving once again there’s a holiday for every cuisine. The traditional technique is to bake a custard of egg yolks, cream, sugar and vanilla in a ramekin set in water, cool it, cover it in sugar, and torch it. But you can see a fun variation from a local pastry chef on Second Helpings, our Food blog, northjersey.com/food blog. We’ll have other riffs on classic crème brulée, too.” — Pitcher, Bill. Food column. Hackensack, New Jersey: The Record. Sunday, 22 July 2007. Page F2, col. 1.
Brady, Sophia. Celebrate National crème brulée Day at the Get Crackin’ crème brulée pop up. Canberra, Australia: The Riot Act. 23 July 2018. Accessed June 2021 at https://the-riotact.com/celebrate-national-creme-brulee-day-at-the-get-crackin-creme-brulee-pop-up/256908
Davis, Zoli. How to make crème brulée: Happy National crème brulée Day! Chicago, Illinois: The Chicago Tribune. 25 July 2018. Accessed June 2021 at https://www.chicagotribune.com/87915371-132.html
Don’t Miss National crème brulée Day. Canberra, Australia: Out in Canberra. 25 July 2018. Accessed June 2021 at https://www.outincanberra.com.au/dont-miss-national-creme-brulee-day/
Franko, Rachel. It’s National crème brulée Day! Celebrate With Half Price Desserts In Disney World! 27 July 2019. Accessed June 2021 at https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/07/27/its-national-creme-brulee-day-celebrate-with-half-price-desserts-in-disney-world/
Mulligan, Greg. National crème brulée Day 2020: Dates, History and How is it celebrated? Pune, MH, India: Broadcast Cover. 27 July 2020. Accessed June 2021 at https://www.broadcastcover.com/national-creme-brulee-day-2020-dates-history-and-how-is-it-celebrated/
Murray, Maureen. Celebrate National crème brulée Day With Indulgent Recipes. PR News Wire. 24 July 2017. Accessed June 2021 at https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/celebrate-national-creme-brulee-day-with-indulgent-recipes-created-by-award-winning-pastry-chef-thiago-silva-and-bernzomatic-300492638.html
National crème brulée Day at Glen Prairie. Chicago, Illinois: Chicago Reader. 27 July 2010. Accessed June 2021 at
Wednesday is National crème brulée Day. Kalamazoo, Michigan: WWMT-TV. 27 July 2016. Accessed June 2021 at https://wwmt.com/news/local/wednesday-is-national-creme-brulee-day
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