What is a brûlée in food?
+ Larger Image. Refers to foods that are sprinkled with sugar and placed under a broiler to caramelize the sugar, forming a hard brittle top. One of the most popular dishes served this way is creme brulee which is a custard topped with the caramelized sugar.
Why is it called crème brûlée?
Another interesting note is the dessert’s name. According to Saveur, crème brûlée means “burnt cream” in French. This is in reference to its caramelized top. So one may assume that the custard dessert must have originated in France.
Is brûlée served hot or cold?
It is traditional for crème brûlées to be served cold. If you like it cold, place the ramekins back in the refrigerator. They can be refrigerated for about 30 to 45 minutes before serving (no longer, otherwise the sugar crust may begin to soften).