Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu July 21, 2016
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With the help of a few modern conveniences, you can make creme brulee in just a few minutes.

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Creme brulee keeps you out of a hot kitchen this summer

Trends in cooking come and go. But in the world of desserts, creme brulee has real staying power. The thick, cool, creamy custard (creme) nestled underneath a brittle topping of burnt (brulee) sugar has such an elemental appeal that it’s a perennial favorite. In spite of the dessert’s popularity, however, I haven’t really seen it catch on in any big way in home kitchens, for two main reasons. First and most important, many home cooks are intimidated by making custard, which calls for very slow, gentle, attentive cooking to make sure it doesn’t curdle and turn into sweet scr... READ MORE

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