Tomatoes and 22 Other Foods to Brûlée




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Bruleed Tomatoes and 22 other foods you ddin't know could be torched!

Crème brûlée is one of my favorite desserts, but did you know you can ‘brûlée’ more than just custard?  Light up your kitchen torches friends — we’re going to caramelize all kinds of foods!

We all love a great crème brûlée, but did you know there are lots of other foods you can caramelize in the same way? Here are some of my favorite creative examples... so fire up your kitchen torch!

When it comes to delicious food, fire is primo.  Nothing beats it for taking something from edible to incredible in an instant.  I love to toast, char, grill, roast, sear, and, most fun of all, brûlée my food.  Brûlée simply means burnt in French, and we’ve come to know it through the insanely wonderful dessert, crème brûlée, which is a soft custard that’s sprinkled with sugar and then caramelized with a butane torch.  The surface bubbles and then hardens to a paper thin, crisp crackly sweet crust that shatters when you dig in. 

Bruleed Tomatoes and 22 other foods you ddin't know could be torched!

Yesterday I was working on a recipe for a client and I wanted to see if I could ‘brûléea halved tomato.   I sprinkled on some raw sugar and torched the surface.  I got the same thin crackly surface as on a creme brûlée dessert.  I drizzled it with some balsamic vinegar, added a few basil leaves, and sat down to lunch!  The point is, the simple concept of caramelizing a light sprinkling of sugar has possibilities way beyond crème brûlée, and your kitchen torch can be used in lots of surprising ways, here are some of my favorites…

Creme Bruleed Pork Belly | lady and Pups

Crème Brûléed Pork Belly | Lady and Pups

Vanilla Crème Brûlée Macarons | Hint of Vanilla

Vanilla Crème Brûlée Macarons | Hint of Vanilla

Creme Brulee Cupcakes | Cooking Classy

Crème Brûlée Cupcakes | Cooking Classy

Brown Butter Bruleed Doughnut Holes | Joy The Baker

Brown Butter Brûléed Doughnut Holes | Joy the Baker

Mango Passionfruit Yogurt Brulee | Drizzle & Dip

Mango Passionfruit and Yoghurt Brûlée | Drizzle & Dip

Mango Bruolee | Dine & Dish

Mango Brûlée | Dine & Dish

Butternut Squash Brulee | Baked by an Introvert

Butternut Squash Brûlée | Baked by an Introvert

creme brulee cupcakes | Cooking Classy

Crème Brûlée Cheesecake Bars | Handle the Heat

Brie Crème Brûlée Crostini | Foodness Gracious

Brie Crème Brûlée Crostini | Foodness Gracious

Dessert for breakfast? Oatmeal Brulee is an easy way to treat yourself, or your guests, in the morning!

Oatmeal Brûlée | The View from Great Island

Bruleed persimmon Tarts | The Little Epicurian

Brûléed Persimmon Tarts | The Little Epicurean

Creme Bruleed Pineapple | Tommy Bahmama

Creme Brûlée Pineapple | Tommy Bahama

Bruleed Monte Cristo Sandwich | Lady and Pups

Creme Brûlée Monte Cristo | Lady and Pups

 Brûléed Bourbon-Maple Pumpkin Pie | Bon Appetit

Bruleed Bananas |Anthology Magazine

Brûlée Bananas | Anthology Magazine

Bruleed Lemon Sour | Boxwood Avenue

Brûléed Lemon Sour |Boxwood Avenue

Creme Brulee Frozen Custard | Spoon Fork Bacon

Creme Brûlée Frozen Custard | Spoon Fork Bacon

Homemade Bruleed Fluff | Alexandra's Kitchen

Homemade Brûléed Fluff | Alexandra’s Kitchen

Grapefruit Brulee 2

Grapefruit Brûlée | The View from Great Island

Raspberry Brulee | Saveur

Raspberry Brûlée | Saveur

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Newport Butane
    June 3, 2018 at 4:41 am

    Wow Sue, you gave me a lot of ideas :)
    We will definitely post it on our Instagram page. We are building our blog and we will be adding all recipes that require a kitchen torch, will definitely repost yours and add a link to your blog post.
    Would you like to test one of our premium cooking torches? DM us.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Jane @ NewportButane.com

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    Anjali @ Vegetarian Gastronomy
    April 29, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    What a lovely post! So far I’ve only ever done creme brulee…but need to do it over other things, especially tomatoes! I’m totally pulling out my torch =)

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    Susan
    April 20, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Oh, wow! Delicious ideas! I need to put a brulee torch on my wish list :)

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    April 19, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    These all sound fabulous. Plus they all look fabulous! Great post.

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    Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
    April 19, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Wow, Sue, my eyes are popping at these amazing photos. I have been looking for the right torch for ages so will definitely check out the one in your shop. All the ones in the US are so much cheaper than in Canada. I’m going to have to ask you to smuggle one up here to me, lol.
    What a beautiful collection. I am with you – bruleed meat? OMG!!

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    April 19, 2016 at 11:35 am

    What a brilliant round up! I’m craving all the sweets, of course… bring on the doughnut holes, cupcakes, and that pumpkin pie… be still my heart!

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    nicole (thespicetrain.com)
    April 19, 2016 at 11:19 am

    One awesome idea after another, I love this post! The banana is my favorite, what a great way to turn something mundane into an exciting and delicious dessert with just one ingredient! :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 19, 2016 at 11:22 am

      I love the banana too, it inspired an idea for a new post :)

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    Sara
    April 19, 2016 at 8:07 am

    What a fun post! I only use my torch for one task (meringue) so I’m excited to try these!

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    Chris Scheuer
    April 18, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Such a fun post… I had no idea all these things could be bruleed! It’s got my imagination going, and that’s a little dangerous :)

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    April 18, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    I am going to get my torch and run around the house now, looking for whatever I can brûlée next! This is a wonderful post – thanks for getting me out of the creme brûlée rut and expanding my mind. So creative and all beautiful recipes too.

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    cheri
    April 18, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Hi Sue, wonderful links, never thought to brulee meats, very impressive.

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    April 18, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Great round-up! I think I’m one part pyromaniac, because I love to bust out my kitchen torch. Lots of inspiration here :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 18, 2016 at 11:55 am

      hah — that’s me too!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    April 18, 2016 at 6:46 am

    oh my my my…now you have me craving some brulee treats! Those pork belly slices are just killing me!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 18, 2016 at 7:12 am

      I know, bruleed meat — where has it been all my life??

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