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Is my brulée set?

I made the custard base in the morning, and stuck it in the fridge. (Dorie says you can!) I baked it at 325 in a hot water bath until it seemed set on top, but it jiggles a bunch. Short of waiting and seeing, is there anything I can do to ensure success tonight?

asked by ms.v. almost 7 years ago

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aargersi
aargersi

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added almost 7 years ago

Hmmm ... if it is VERY jiggly it may not be completely set, a little wobble is OK though - also it will firm up a bit as it cools. It will most likely be A-OK even if you have a rather soft custard ... and now I want some too! Happy New Year!!!

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boulangere
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added almost 7 years ago

Any custard is set when it "jiggles like jello, but doesn't wiggle like a wave." It may take a bit longer to bake if coming from the fridge, as it will be much colder than if baked right after mixing. Too, the ramekins are going to be cold.

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ms.v.
added almost 7 years ago

Hugely helpful, thank you. My custard wasn't quite as set as I would have liked, but it was still edible. I will definitely remember the jello comment!!

bigpan
added almost 7 years ago

Yes, you want a slight jiggle. Over cooking will make the custard too tough.

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