Restaurants Are Talking About Crème Brûlée!

When it comes to dessert, few things can rival the delectable flavors and velvety texture of crème brûlée. But did you know that this treat also has a rich history that stretches back centuries? Join us this month as one of your favorite Nashua restaurants, San Francisco Kitchen, sheds some light on the history of this beloved dessert, and stick around for some fun facts!

The French Connection

Crème brûlée’s origins trace back to 17th-century France, a period marked by culinary innovation and refinement. The French term, meaning “burnt cream,” perfectly encapsulates the dessert’s essence. The earliest known recipe for a dish resembling crème brûlée is found in François Massialot’s 1691 cookbook, where he describes a creamy custard topped with sugar that is caramelized using a hot iron.

Royal Endorsement

During the reign of King Louis XIV, crème brûlée gained royal favor and became a staple in the French court’s culinary repertoire. The indulgent dessert soon spread beyond the palace walls, capturing the attention of chefs and sweet enthusiasts throughout the country.

Catalyzing Culinary Evolution

As the years passed, crème brûlée underwent various adaptations and interpretations, each reflecting the culinary preferences and regional influences of the time. Its versatility allowed it to transcend social classes, making it a beloved treat enjoyed by both the aristocracy and the general population.

Fun Facts

  • In its early days, the sugar crust of crème brûlée was caramelized using a red-hot iron or a salamander—a tool with a long handle used to brown and caramelize the sugar. Today, culinary torches are the preferred method.
  • Celebrated on July 27th, National Crème Brûlée Day is a testament to the dessert’s enduring appeal.
  • While the classic vanilla-flavored crème brûlée remains a favorite, chefs around the world have experimented with diverse flavor infusions. From lavender and chai to citrus and lavender, the possibilities for customizing the custard base are as endless as the creativity of the chefs who craft them.
  • In 2011, a team of chefs in London set a world record for the largest crème brûlée ever made. Weighing in at a staggering 1,124 pounds (approximately 510 kilograms), this colossal creation required over 1,000 liters of cream, 5,000 egg yolks, and 200 pounds of sugar.


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