Celebrating Friday – and the weekend before Valentine’s Day – with Nutella Creme Brûlée!
Wow, you guys, I’ve been dying to make this recipe for so long. I love classic creme brûlée, made with real vanilla beans and brûlée to a T. I also love Nutella. What better time to combine the two into the creamiest dessert around? No better time, that’s when!
This Nutella Creme Brûlée feels like a fancy restaurant dessert that you choose to indulge in on a whim and are blown away with every bite. The crack of the “burnt” sugar, the warm crunch contrasted with the cold, creamy Nutella base. It’s simple dessert heaven.
What combination could be better for Valentine’s Day? As much as Valentine’s Day is such a Hallmark holiday, made up and marketed to women, and I kind of have a bone to pick about all of that, deep down I still totally love it. I love celebrating love. I wonder if it’s the first grade teacher in me – the joy of sharing Valentine’s, lots of candy, and happy little giggles. Nowadays, I’m glad I can celebrate with the innocent joy of children during the day, and come home to Nutella Creme Brûlée and a big glass of wine at night. I may or may not eat all 6 servings of these by myself too, because loving love means loving yo’ self and indulging every now and again.
Back to this indulgent restaurant-worthy dessert. It’s ready to impress at any dinner party, easy to make with a few simple instructions, and your guests will think you’ve gone above and beyond, when in reality, Nutella Creme Brûlée doesn’t actually require all that much work.
All you need to do is slowly heat the cream, whisk together eggs, sugar, and Nutella. Temper the cooled cream into the eggs, stir it all together, and pour into ramekins. Placed in a water bath, the ramekins bake for a while, require a little cooling, and then just a torch or broiler to create the hard sugar topping.
The Nutella flavor is just the right amount – yes, I’m generally a smother Nutella on everything ten-fold – but creme brûlée deserves a balanced flavor. One that allows for the creaminess to come through, the subtle sweetness, and the balance of the crunch and cream.
And that crunch… when the spoon first cracks through the brûléed sugar… that’s next level enjoyment right there. When the bites have the balance of warmth from the flame contrasted with the cold Nutella creamy, custard base. HEAVEN.
What’s a better pairing with Nutella/chocolate than strawberries? Nothing. Strawberry garnish comes highly recommended.