Sometimes when I have a food dream I do a quick Google search for the item to see if it exists. Once in a while, I fail to find what I’m looking for and without affirmation of my idea, decide if I’ll try to make it happen anyway. Most of the time, I find an example or two.
That’s what happened with dessert for the apple dinner. I thought it would be special to have creme brûlée and wanted to incorporate apples to keep things consistent and on-theme. I knew I was going to make a ton of apple butter as favors, so I thought – why not add some to the custard? Is that a thing? Apple Butter Creme Brûlée? I Googled it, saw that a few food bloggers had shared their own versions, and that’s about all I needed to confirm this one. I didn’t even bother to read their recipes.
I turned to my favorite creme brûlée recipe and whisked in some homemade apple butter with the cream. Voila! Sweet, silky, apple butter custard capped with a slightly burnt thin layer of sugar (pictured above, just out of the oven).
To make it: I doubled this recipe and followed the instructions listed. I added my homemade apple butter to the saucepan with heavy cream, 1/2 of the sugar and vanilla. Whisk it as it heats to make it smooth and evenly distribute the flavor. Complete the recipe as instructed.
TALK BACK: Have you made any unique sweets with apple butter? Any other fabulous creme brûlée variations I must try? What sweets are you making for Thanksgiving? Share in the comments!