Tuesday, September 30, 2008
creme brûlée, part two: the truth about creme brûlée
Oh, for that first bit of creme brûlée: a marvel, a wonder. The complex interplay of hard and soft, hot and cold. The luxurious simplicity, the purity of flavor, the elemental richness, and utter too-too muchness...
And yet. Its seeming facility belies the potential for disaster: a failure of the elements to commingle, a custard that won't set, a crust that won't harden.
The danger of consuming creme brûlée with abandon, without context, and with--horror of horrors--artificiality or false pretense.
But, oh, when it's done right, it's sheer transcendence, ineluctable bliss, utter harmony.