Oatmeal Brulee: A Great Breakfast Treat
Take a look at that picture and tell us that does not look delicious! Chef Franson has gone way beyond his normal excellence with this great breakfast taste treat. Oatmeal Brulee, a lovely dish using the French method of cooking.
So what exactly is brulee? Well, it is commonly referred to as crème brulee and it can be translated to mean burnt cream. The traditional style is to whisk egg yokes into a creamy consistency along with cream; add the oatmeal and bake. Brown sugar is added and what you have is a breakfast meal fit for a king. Of course, rumor has it that kings in the Middle Ages quite often had Oatmeal Brulee, but we doubt seriously if Chef Franson was there to cook it for them. Their loss for sure!
As we stated, this dish is a variation of a French dessert. The original is a custard base with a contrasting hard topping prepared from caramel. It is recommended that you use vanilla to flavor the custard base although some chefs prefer to use orange or lemon zest; coffee, chocolate and liqueurs are also used for flavor.
The origin of this style of cooking can be documented back to a cookbook printed in 1691. It was called at the time crème anglaise and then later burnt cream. The original dessert recipe called for the finished product to be chilled before it is served, and the caramelizing was attained by using a propane blowtorch.
The original crème brulee recipe did not call for anything else to be put on top, but you will notice that Chef Franson likes to put some fresh strawberries and apple pieces on top to add to the delicious taste and nutritional value of this great breakfast.
So what do you think? Beats the heck out of the normal boring oatmeal you ate as a kid, right? Let’s be honest: ordinary oatmeal is as boring as white sheets. However, Oatmeal Brulee doesn’t look or taste anything like normal oatmeal; this is a taste treat brought to you straight from France and beautifully prepared by one of the finest chefs in America.
We hope you give Oatmeal Brulee a try the next time you visit Chef Point Café, the best darn family restaurant in the Fort Worth area. We will be expecting you and we’ll be smiling when we see you pull into the parking lot.