What is the history of creme brulee?
Creme Brulee The history of custard is long and complicated. Ancient Roman cooks were the first to recognize the binding properties of eggs. They were experts at creating several egg-based dishes, most notably patinae, crustades and omelets. These foods were either savory (made with cheese, meat, pepper etc.) or sweet (flavored with honey, nuts, cinnamon etc.). Food historians generally agree that custard, the sweet almost pudding-like substance we Americans know today, dates to the middle ages. At that time custard was eaten alone or used as fillings for pies, tarts, pastry, etc. Flan is probably the most famous and widely adapted custard dessert in the world. It is important to note that custard was not unique to Europe. Similar recipes flourished in Asia. Crème brulee is a classic dish of smooth custard with a caramelized sugar topping. The origin of crème brulee is hotly debated. Trinity College in Cambridge, England contends to be the first producer of the dessert in the 1600’s wh