Thandai Infused Rainbow Crème Brûlée (Vegan)
A creamy, rich, aromatic custard with a beautiful caramelized crust that is unbelievably easy to make. This Thandai Infused Crème Brûlée is a twist on the classic French dessert by using coconut cream and coconut milk making it vegan and gluten-free.
Holi has always been one of my favorite Indian festivals. The colors, the food, the fun. What makes it even more special is that 8 years ago, my husband bent down on one knee in the middle of a very public festival (the organizers were in on it as were our siblings and friends) and everyone (about at least 100 people) stopped playing to watch him ask me to marry him. I will always treasure that moment.
So for this Holi, I decided to do a fun fusion in honor of my very special husband. His favorite dessert is crème brûlée. What better way than to infuse a Holi special drink of Thandai and combine my two favorite events together? Honestly, it tastes SO YUM that I had to stop myself from “tasting” the custard before it set.
WHAT DO I NEED FOR A VEGAN CREME BRULEE?
Full-fat Coconut Milk and Coconut Cream – this is important to give the custard it’s rich creamy texture.
Arrowroot Powder – this acts as a thickening agent.
Agave – for that hint of sweet
Thandai Masala – this is going to lend that brilliant aromatic and floral flavor to the custard
Saffron – for a beautiful golden color
Rainbow Sprinkles – optional but I love how the colors brighten up the dessert
THREE IMPORTANT STEPS TO A PERFECT THANDAI INFUSED CREME BRULEE
1. Infusing the thandai masala. This is important to get that flavor in there. The longer you infuse, the better the end result will be.
2. Blending all of the ingredients. This is extremely important because the arrowroot powder can clump and that would ruin the whole dessert. When you blend it into a smooth liquid, you end up with a rich, silky dessert.
3. Once it’s blended, whisk the mixture on the stove constantly to prevent it clumping and/or burning until you get your custard consistency.
CHERRY SUGAR ON TOP
How can I possibly leave this part out? This is my favorite part. I used cane sugar to layer on top of the custard but for my Holi special, I used colored sugar and dusted the caramelized sugar to symbolize the fun of Holi. Take a blowtorch and carefully caramelize the sugar. If you don’t have a blowtorch – don’t worry! I’ve included directions in the recipe card to caramelize the sugar using a broiler. Reminder – the top won’t be as crunchy using the broiler setting but it will do the trick to caramelize your sugar.
This recipe is perfect for Holi, Diwali, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, or pretty much any occasion you want to celebrate. I might even make this again for our next date night. Feel free to add berries. I chose not to this time because I wanted the colors to shine.
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From my kitchen to yours, I hope you enjoy this decadent THANDAI INFUSED RAINBOW CREME BRULEE!
Vegan Thandai Infused Crème Brûlée
- 1 13.5 oz can coconut milk
- 2 1/2 Tbsp Thandai Masala
- 1/2 tsp saffron
- 1/2 c canned coconut cream
- 1/4 c toasted coconut almond milk
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1/4 c agave
- 1/4 c arrowroot powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
For the caramelized sugar crust:
- 1/4 c cane sugar
- colored sugar
- Combine the coconut milk and thandai masala in a medium sized saucepan and bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce heat to medium flame and let simmer for 5 minutes while you whisk every 2-3 minutes to avoid the milk from boiling over or burning.
- Add in the saffron and continue simmering for another 10 minutes.
- Let the milk cool down then strain into your blender. Add in the the coconut cream, almond milk, vanilla extract, sugar, agave, arrowroot powder, and salt. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes to achieve a smooth texture.
- Transfer back to the saucepan and cook on medium heat for another 10 minutes. Be sure to stir continuously so as to avoid clumping and burning.
- It will thicken up into a pudding consistency. Once it reaches to this consistency, turn off heat and transfer immediately into 4 ramekins.
- Refrigerate for 6-8 hours.
- Remove from fridge and top each ramekin with an even and slightly thick layer of sugar.
- Using a blowtorch (keep it about 1" away to avoid burning), caramelize the sugar. Dust the rainbow sprinkles once the caramelized sugar has cooled down.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
**If you do not have a blowtorch, set your ramekins on the highest rack in the oven and broil on high for 3-5 minutes. Watch carefully so as not to burn.
Here are the tools that I used for this recipe:
**Note: The ramekins I used are passed on to me from a family member but the ones I’ve featured in the tools list are the closest in size and shape to the ones that I used.