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Joined: 11/8/2006
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I just scored a torch over the weekend.

I would like to try this but I'm afraid I'm
going to set my apartment on fire.

First- any recipes for this?
Second- can I use splenda- I low carb.
Third- how do I get the fire to go out -
I'm a marlboro menthol smoker-
blowing it out may be a bit of a problem.

I'm thinking I'm either going to catch on fire
or stop breathing.

I need some help.
 Lint Spotter
Joined: 8/27/2009
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Torch for creme brûlée
Posted: 11/28/2011 3:48:22 AM
As much as Splenda says it matches sugar, it doesn't. I've tried substituting it in a few recipes and have been sorely disappointed.

Since the torch is used to carmelize the tops of the creme brûlée, I can't see that using Splenda in it's place would work.

I use this recipe when I make mine...

As for getting the fire out, turn off the propane. Your desserts should not catch fire when doing this, and if they do, then have a flat plate, cutting board or anything close by to smother the fire.
Joined: 8/9/2007
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Torch for creme brûlée
Posted: 11/28/2011 3:29:42 PM
You should never really have any fire on top of a creme brulee when using a propane torch. I hope it's one of the self igniting torches...if you have the old style where you have to open a valve and then light it with a match or "striker" tool it will be more dangerous. The new style that light themselves shut themselves off as soon as you let them go, so if you drop it or want to set it will instantly go off. Play around with it..they aren't terribly complicated or dangerous. Wave your hand across the flame quickly to see how hot it is at what distance from the tip. You'll get the hang of it quickly. And no, Splenda will not work for carmelizing...
Joined: 11/8/2006
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Torch for creme brûlée
Posted: 11/28/2011 4:23:07 PM
Thank you- all of you.

It's the new kind. I stick the canister in it
and it has this blue flame.

I'm just paranoid about the fire. I could not
pass it up. I love anything kitchen gadget.

Thank you Lint for the recipe link also.

I'm going to try it this weekend.
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