I know you guys. I know you’re holding your breath, waiting eagerly for an update on the performance of the blowtorch. “Did you burn anything down?!” “How many casualties were there?” “Was it AWESOME?!”
Alas, the answers are “No, none, and no.” The blowtorch wouldn’t work. Now, it could have been user error. However, it was my mom operating the thing (I admit it: I was scared) so I doubt that’s it. She’s a smart cookie. We got the torch lit, but when she went to caramelize the tops of the custard, it emitted a large fireball and went out. So we had a couple of close calls, a frightened cat, and broiled creme brulee. Disappointing, to say the least. Now the question is, do I keep broiling these creme brulees or do I invest in a kitchen torch, which is more expensive and less heavy-duty? I’m still up in the air about that.
The creme brulee was delicious, nonetheless.