Hard boiled eggs

hard boiled eggs with saltA post on boiling an egg? Well, yes.  I love hard boiled eggs – a good hard boiled egg that is.  Believe me it’s an easy thing to “mess” up.  I don’t want it boiled to a pulp, none of that grey ring around the yolk.  Funny enough the fresher the egg the harder to peel! We get our eggs from a local farm and I wait a week if I want to make hard boiled eggs.  They will keep it in the fridge for 4 to 5 days but in our house they don’t make it that long.  Egg salad for sandwiches, chopped in a bed of greens or simply on their own with some finishing salt they are SO delicious.

HARD BOILED EGGS  (for 6 eggs)

Put the eggs in a single layer in the bottom of a saucepan.  You don’t want to crowd the pan or have the eggs on top of each other, they will crack.  Cover the eggs with cold water, covering them by about 2 inches. Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil.  Just as it starts boiling, take off the heat and let sit covered for 17 minutes.

Drain the eggs and run under cold water.  The eggs will peel easier if cold.  Put them in the fridge and peel when ready to use.

A little “styling” trick: when making deviled eggs and you want the yolk right in the middle of the egg, let the carton sit in the fridge on its side overnight, you will have perfectly centered yolks.egg shells

From my kitchen to yours,

CK, la fille du boucher

Crème Brûlée (for 35)

What happens when you mix cream, eggs, sugar and a bit of vanilla? Crème Brûlée!  It is so simple and yet makes your guests feel doted on and happy. The little “tap tap” of your spoon on the caramelized sugar, the delicate breaking of it like shards of stained glass, and finally digging into that creamy custard are what crème brûlée is all about.

This recipe was passed on to me years ago when I used to caterer for my friend Diane.  It was our go-to recipe: simple, delicious and it never failed! I wish I had written the name of the book it came from, all I have left is an old stained xerox of the recipe titled “Classic Crème Brûlée”.

This past weekend I had to make it for a crowd: 35 crèmes brûlées for an international pot luck dinner.  I could not ask for a simpler recipe – within 2 hours I was done (minus the brûlée part).  If you too are making it for a crowd, never more than double the recipe in one go – otherwise all of the ingredients might not mix properly.


  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar for the caramelized tops

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is thick and pale yellow.  Add cream and vanilla and continue to whisk until well blended.

Divide the mixture among 6 ramequins or custard cups.  Place in a water bath (see note) and bake until set around the edges, but still wobbly in the center; about 40 to 50 minutes.  Remove from oven and leave in the water bath until cooled.  Remove cups from the water bath and chill for at least 2 hours up to 2 days.

When ready to serve, sprinkle about 2 teaspoons of sugar over each custard.  For best results, use a small hand-held torch to melt sugar.  If you don’t have a torch, place under the broiler until the sugar melts.  Re-chill the custards for about 10 minutes before serving. This recipe makes 6 servings

NOTE: to secure the ramequins/custard cups on the sheet pan, wet a dish towel and lay in the sheet pan, making sure none of the fabric hangs over the pan.  Place the containers on the towel and once the mixture is in the ramequins, slowly pour hot water in the sheet pan bringing the water level half way to the ramequins.  This towel “trick” can be used each time you have to bake small items in a water bath and you don’t want them moving around in the container and spilling their contents.

From my kitchen to yours!

CK, la fille du boucher