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Old 02-28-2011, 12:38 AM   #1
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Egg question

What is the difference between a baked custard, a flan and a creme brulee, I mean other than the burnt sugar on the brulee and the caramel on the flan. Seems to me they are all basically the same thing. And if that is true what is the big deal about creme brulee? People talk about it like it is some major high end dessert when as far as I can see is it is just a baked egg custard. Clue me in.

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Old 02-28-2011, 12:43 AM   #2
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What is the difference between a baked custard, a flan and a creme brulee, I mean other than the burnt sugar on the brulee and the caramel on the flan. Seems to me they are all basically the same thing. And if that is true what is the big deal about creme brulee? People talk about it like it is some major high end dessert when as far as I can see is it is just a baked egg custard. Clue me in.
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I love creme brulee because of the burnt sugar on the top.

Seems to me like each of them has a slightly different consistency, but that could just be the ones I've had. I've never made any of those. My first attempt at any kind of custard was a coconut cream pie I made the other night.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:50 AM   #4
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I think there may be variations on what is used as a flavoring to make it someone's signature dessert, like switching up from vanilla to rum flavor. But, basically they are all egg custards with different toppings, like caramel or burnt sugar.

If you can make egg custard, it's a baby step to making brulee and flan!
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You can only use a flame thrower on creme brulee
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:39 AM   #6
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If you can make egg custard, it's a baby step to making brulee and flan!
My goodneess, egg custard is nothing but baked eggnog! I mean who couldn't make it?
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My goodneess, egg custard is nothing but baked eggnog! I mean who couldn't make it?
You'd be surprised....I know some people who can't even make brownies from a box and are baffled by boiling eggs.
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:26 AM   #8
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Depending on individual recipes of course, in my experience basically:

Custard is made from milk and eggs
Flan is made from milk, eggs and egg yolks
Creme Brulee is made from whipping cream and egg yolks

The difference among the three is the degree of richness each one has, no?
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My goodneess, egg custard is nothing but baked eggnog! I mean who couldn't make it?
I tried once and it was a total runny mess. I don't really care much for custard. It was for my trifle. So, I still make trifle with homemade vanilla pudding instead of custard.
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My goodneess, egg custard is nothing but baked eggnog! I mean who couldn't make it?
Oooooops! The secret is out.

But egg custard is not quite baked egg nog. Similar, but not exact.
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