I just finished a ramekin of creme brulee aux framboises...or for those that do not parlez francais...."burnt cream with raspberries".
I picked up this lovely little dessert in the freezer chest at our local Trader Joe's.
The package was a bit heavier than I anticipated, but I didn't spend a lot of time investigating why. Creme Brulee with Raspberries just sounded tres bien (very good), so I bought it.
Inside the box-much to my stupéfaction (amazement)-were two 4oz reuseable ceramic ramekins of cream and berry goodness wrapped in cellophane. Very unexpected -these are nice little dishes! I had to stop and ask myself "what did I pay for these?" $5? (sorry couldn't locate my receipt) At any rate I didn't feel alarmed at the price of these when I bought them, so they could not have been overly expensive.
The directions were simple: Keep frozen, and when ready to eat, just remove the wrapping and empty the enclosed sugar packet on top of the frozen dessert. Place under an oven broiler for 2-3 minutes, remove and let set for 10 minutes. The sugar carmelizes under the broiler, creating a nice brown crust while the cream defrosts. Voila!
The dessert tasted great - the raspberries tasted fresh- and now I have these cute little ramekin souveniers to remember my wonderful dessert experience by. Of course... now that I think about it a set of 4, or 6, or maybe even 8 ramekins would really be nice to have.....
Deux pouces vers le haut ! (Two thumbs up!)