Crème Thé-chocolat

25 July 2005

This is a tea flavoured crème brûlée – but with chocolate sauce and whipped cream instead of caramelised sugar on top. I tried this recipe a long time ago from one of my Japanese books – although it was good, I knew I’d need to improve the recipe a bit. I remember that I couldn’t really taste the tea because the chocolate flavour was a little overpowering – so as well as using earl grey tea to infuse the cream, I also used earl grey chocolate from here for the chocolate sauce. (although I love Dolfin‘s Cafe Moulu, I prefer Rococo’s Earl Grey to theirs)


The original recipe suggested using plain chocolate for the sauce, but tea flavoured chocolate really helped – not just to strengthen the tea flavour but to make the whole dessert come together. I must say that I still prefer my plain crème brûlée to this, but it is an interesting alternative.

I’m hoping that I can make something Japanesey with matcha for this month’s IMBB, but if I can’t I might use this as an entry for that!

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  • Oh. My. Word. That second picture just has me drooling on my keyboard. Looks absolutely scrumptious! I was wondering if this was some sort of trial run for IMBB ;-) But now it appears we may get this AND another tea creation? You spoil us!

    Posted by Jeanne | 25 July 2005 #
  • this looks so tempting! but why don’t you post the recipe, i would love to try this creation :)
    btw, recognized in various earlier posts, that you copied verbatim from the source books, don’t you mind any copyright issues?

    Posted by Soleos | 25 July 2005 #
  • Looks Great!

    I don’t think I have ever seen earl grey tea chocolate in OZ though

    Posted by clare eats | 25 July 2005 #
  • Ive been waiting from a new entry of yours and i can say im not dissapointed. Keiko your creme brulee looks delicious, i love its caramel coulour that makes my mouth water.
    Thanx for posting such beautiful pictures and such awesome recipe.

    Posted by Fanny | 25 July 2005 #
  • I made a similar chai creme brulee last weekend as an entry for IMBB but it did not turn out too well. Yours looks very delicious.

    Posted by mika | 25 July 2005 #
  • Crickey. Nice work.

    Posted by Monkey Gland | 26 July 2005 #
  • That looks so good! You should submit it for the tea IMBB along with the Matcha opera cake (if you’re allowed more than one entry). Actually, your Opera inspired me to make matcha and chocolate chip cookies. They were as good as I expected. Even though both the green tea powder and semisweet chocolate chips were slightly bitter, they enhanced each other and tamed the sweetness of the brown sugar.

    Posted by Chip | 26 July 2005 #
  • I checked the matcha in the supermarket yesterday. I’ll be taking Ryoko along to advise me on which I should purchase.

    Posted by Barbara | 26 July 2005 #
  • Serioucly, you should opem a bakery!
    delicious photos.

    Posted by Flavoor | 26 July 2005 #
  • Hi Keiko,

    WOW! This looks so professionally done. =) I’m glad you decided to use flavored chocolate. I’m sure it did help to pull the dessert together. Great job as always!

    Posted by Reid | 26 July 2005 #
  • hi keiko, how very gorgeous! love earl grey infused ganache too...wanted to ask you what you think of chantal coady of rococo’s book, ’real chocolate’ - have been wondering for the longest time whether to get it...cheers,joycelyn

    Posted by Joycelyn | 27 July 2005 #
  • Wow...It looks SOOO good...felicitaciones! for the great photos and delicious recipe.

    Posted by melissa | 27 July 2005 #
  • Hi there, thank you for all your comments.

    Mika - chai creme brulee sounds delicious, I’m sure it was lovely!

    Chip - matcha and chocolate chip cookies sound good, your description of the taste made me want to try them myself!

    Barbara - I’m sure Ryoko can give you very good advice ;) Looking forward to seeing your beautiful creations.

    Joycelyn - I’ve been wondering too, we really have similar taste, don’t we? ;) I almost bought it once, but some recipes seem a bit too wacky for me, did you think the same thing?

    Posted by keiko | 28 July 2005 #
  • lovely! I’ll have to try this.

    your food photography is amazing, as well!

    Posted by BeastlySum | 30 October 2005 #
  • Hi BeastlySum - thank you for dropping by, I just made earl grey and chocolate mousse cake and I prefer it to this. I hope you will enjoy it too :)

    Posted by keiko | 31 October 2005 #
  • super photo!

    quelle esthéte!

    Posted by lilizen | 20 February 2006 #
  • Hi my name is Keeley......your pictures are truely inspiring. Iam currently in my final of hospitality management hnd and was just wondering if you could give me any information concerning being a food stylist?thanks very much.

    Posted by keeley | 24 April 2006 #
  • Hi Keeley - thanks for your notes, I’m actually not a food stylist so can’t really give you advice on it... Good luck with your course!

    Posted by keiko | 9 May 2006 #

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