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10 Rich Valentine's Desserts Worth the Splurge

Crème Brûlée
The perfect sweet for your sweetie!
The perfect sweet for your sweetie!

Ah, this custard with the crunchy sugar topping is a restaurant dessert you can make at home -- really. Crème brûlée is actually a pretty simple custard dish that requires a last minute fireworks display (or branding) to caramelize the sugar topping. In some recipes, this can be accomplished using the broiler. The more professional (and fun) approach is to employ a kitchen blow torch. Fire is so primal, and when he sees you wielding an open flame, he's sure to feel stirrings of . . . admiration. Just a brief caution here: Read and follow the directions for any equipment you plan to use, and have a fire extinguisher nearby just in case.

If you're brave enough to give this one a go, it'll be the hit of the evening and a surefire memory maker.

  • Espresso Crème Brûlée
  • Emeril's Crema Catalana

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