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Cappuccino Crème Brûlée
3rd PlaceCappuccino Crème Brûlée
Gordon


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Recipe (Food) (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-D60
Location: Kitchen
Date: Oct 14, 2003
Aperture: f4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1.0 s
Galleries: Macro, Studio
Date Uploaded: Oct 14, 2003

One can never have too much coffee, as far as Iím concerned. This recipe calls for grated coffee beans, which Iíve always thought absurdÖuse a very fine ground espresso bean (turkish coffee ground size, if your grinder can handle it). Also, donít use a broiler unless you have a very good gas one, such as those which are found in Amana ranges. A bad broiler wonít melt/burn the sugar fast enough, and the custard will melt. If you donít have a good broiler, use a blowtorch (thatís what I do). Lastly, donít leave out the mint, and make sure itís fresh.

* 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
* 1 cup milk
* 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
* 2 tablespoons cappucino
* 10 fresh mint leaves
* 7 large egg yolks, beaten to blend
* 1/2 teaspoon grated coffee beans
* 1 tablespoon sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Combine cream, milk, 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, cappucino, and mint in heavy medium saucepan. Bring mixture to boil. Set aside to cool. Strain cream mixture into medium bowl. Whisk in yolks to blend well. Stir in coffee beans
2. Pour cream mixture into six 1/2 cup ramekins. Arrange ramekins in baking pan. Add enough boiling water to pan to come halfway up sides of ramekins. Bake until cream mixture is set and moves only slightly when ramekin is shaken, about 30 minutes. Remove pan from oven and cool ramekins in pan. Cover and refrigerate ramekins until theyÕre chilled and firm.
3. Just before serving, preheat broiler. Sprinkle each dessert with 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Broil until sugar caramelizes. Serve desserts immediately.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 58
Avg (all users): 7.1329
Avg (commenters): 8.9167
Avg (participants): 6.2826
Avg (non-participants): 7.4821
Views since voting: 5707
Votes: 158
Comments: 50
Favorites: 31 (view)


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12/21/2007 11:42:08 AM
I have to copy this one day!
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10/24/2003 10:41:44 PM
This is a great looking photo. I love the deep colors. It really makes the coffee beans look delish. Congrats, Gordon!
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10/24/2003 08:40:21 AM
Congrats on a wonderful photo win ! I would love to try this recipe. My only concern is 7 egg yokes YIKKKKKES oh well, we only live once heh :)
Perfect lighting and composition. THIS is what a perfect photo looks like :)
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10/24/2003 03:59:00 AM
I hope you are selling prints of this. It's the first one that I have seen that I would like to buy, perfect for the kitchen.
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10/23/2003 07:28:29 PM
Congratulations Gordon, great shot, made me want a good cup of cappucino.
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10/23/2003 12:17:10 PM
Yes, I liked this one very much. Good lighting and the narrow dof doesn´t bother me at all. Congrats!
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10/23/2003 11:09:37 AM
Congratulations was a well deserved ribbon. Was my favorite.
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10/23/2003 10:21:30 AM
this is wonderful gordon! absolutely perfect. congrats on the ribbon! :)
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10/23/2003 09:03:16 AM
Thanks! Lighting brought to you by under cupboard flourescent strips, and a saucepan lid used as a reflector.

Message edited by author 2003-10-23 11:45:55.
10/23/2003 07:50:40 AM
p.s. too bad the distant beans aren't in focus ..




gotcha! ; )
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10/23/2003 07:50:12 AM
3 words: Sell. This. Pic.
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10/23/2003 07:48:26 AM
Congrats G! I can smell the coffee beans in this one, perfect DOF, and I love that I can read the last part of cappuccino "cino" on the mug.
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10/23/2003 07:13:07 AM
Good one Gordon, congrats to ya.
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10/23/2003 01:13:08 AM
Well deserved ribbon :) I definately thought this would be placed. It is interesting looking at the votes here, very even from 5 upwards, but very little indeed below. Very nice job indeed :)
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10/23/2003 01:09:48 AM
Congrats Gordon!
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10/23/2003 12:35:45 AM
I agree with you completely, never enough coffee or chocolate. Preferably together.

Congrats on the ribbon!
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10/23/2003 12:29:40 AM
GO go go Gordon!
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10/23/2003 12:16:17 AM
Very nice shot here! One of my top two! Great job Gordon!
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10/23/2003 12:05:28 AM
congrats, gordon...excellent photo!
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10/23/2003 12:04:38 AM
Congratulations Gordon job well done.
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10/23/2003 12:02:17 AM
Congrats on the ribbon Gordon! An excellent image!

Message edited by author 2003-10-23 00:02:34.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/22/2003 07:39:05 PM
Lovely colors and effective use of depth of field.
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10/22/2003 07:10:35 PM
Lush texture and richness. very appetising and very well shot. It's a ribbon winner for me. Loss of a point only for the slight lack of DOF on the far side of the top of the cup. [9]
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10/22/2003 03:46:24 PM
wonderful lighting and composition...great job!
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10/22/2003 01:34:29 PM
Magnificent! This is a GREAT photo! A definite winner
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10/22/2003 01:13:58 PM
The composition is great, and I like how you left 'cino' in. I think the coffee-colored writing really adds something to the image instead of just a plain mug/cup. The use of dof is excellent, the lighting is wonderful, the image has great sharpness where it needs to be. I could without doubt see this in a cookery book, on packaging, advertising, or a number of other places. Very well done.
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10/22/2003 10:50:53 AM
Nice depth of field and focus. I also like the rich chocolate coloring.
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10/21/2003 03:23:02 AM
Great... Just a brilliant shot!!! I love the composition and the light is pretty good, too...
This is one of the best of this challenge in my opinion... 9
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10/20/2003 07:24:05 PM
Moving up from 8 to 9 after viewing all submissions. A cut above. Great composition.
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10/20/2003 09:31:44 AM
Great shot. Too bad about that broken bean almost smack in the middle of the photograph. Focus is bang on. Good work
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10/19/2003 02:49:34 AM
Great depth of field. The great focus on the foreground beans and then the lettering and the background beans give the picture incredible depth. The lighting gives the beans a beautiful highlight. I can almost smell the beans. Wonderful shot.
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10/18/2003 04:53:53 PM
Excellent photo. I can easily see this on an advertisement for Starbucks or similar. Great macro, nice 'n sharp, terrific DOF.

Good luck!
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10/18/2003 10:12:38 AM
wow...great macro! I can almost smell the aroma!!! And the color is superb!!! 10+
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10/17/2003 11:51:53 PM
Simply beautiful. I love everything about it. 10+
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10/17/2003 10:25:14 PM
This is a great shot but I would have wanted to see the Cappuccino somewhere with its frothy top.
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10/17/2003 08:31:40 PM
Nice color and lighting, simple clean composition.
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10/17/2003 05:29:15 PM
Wonderful shot. Nice composition. I could see this in a starbucks ad. 9.
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10/17/2003 02:15:16 PM
gorgeous, my favorite in the challenge.
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10/17/2003 10:59:17 AM
Very nice shot, Great DOF and the form of the cup/handle balances well with the texture of the beans
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10/17/2003 12:51:31 AM
Very nice.... :) Whoot this one may win. Extremely pleasing to look at and very well done! Best so far. 9.
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10/16/2003 10:30:12 PM
I think it said food item, not drink item, but since I'm not really sure what a creme brulee is, maybe it's a food. Either way, this is a really nice photo. I like the DOF, I think it's the key factor in the photo in my opinion. The way you focused on the beans in the cup, and have the background out of focus and non distracting is great. I like the lettering on the cup. It adds just enough difference to the beans, that it really works well. great focus on the beans in the cup. makes for some great detail in the textures. Having it off center like this also really looks good. Very nice shot. ~Heather~
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10/16/2003 09:41:08 PM
I love coffee bean shots, I can't explain why but when they are done well I just love them and the really odd part is that I don't even drink coffee! LOL! Tis is a wonderful shot, the DOF ( I originally had DOG, LOL) is perfect, the cropping is wonderful, this is a 10 if I ever saw one. Hope you have some special spices to add to this so I can try them on my husband!
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10/16/2003 09:41:05 PM
I like the picture and the recipe sounds divine!
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10/16/2003 07:04:31 PM
Beautiful theme and nicely executed. I love the smell of coffee... this makes me thirsty :) = 10
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10/16/2003 06:44:43 PM
So far, this is my favorite shot in the challenge. I love the composition, with just 1/4 of the cup showing, with handle. I've seen shots with coffee beans surrounding the cup, but never in it too! Great job! I give it a 9 (10 if it had just a little more DOF for the handle). JD Anderson
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10/16/2003 02:04:20 PM
I'm not a fan of coffee in any form, but I'm willing to overcome my bias. I love this photo. The lighting is great, I like that the words on the cup and the beans inside are all in focus. The use of other beans as background is great - gives wonderful depth. Nothing looks overdone - simple. 10
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10/16/2003 10:14:57 AM
I'll go 10 because I know it rates it. I am a little uncomfortable with it but can't figure out why. Perhaps the lack of another contrasting object ? hhmmm... althought the lettering may fit that bill. Ain't I picky...
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10/16/2003 06:46:28 AM
Good Points:awsome focusing, good choice of apature, composition is spot on
Bad Points:woudl like to have seen more enphassis on actual cooking, but guess your legal being before ;)
Overall Score:9
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10/16/2003 04:53:22 AM
Very professional, nice use of DOF to throw out beans on table surface and focus on those in cup. Composition with curved sweep of cup edge and then handle... love it!
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10/16/2003 02:15:38 AM
That is VERY GOOD. I can smell, taste the coffe. Compostion is terrific, color perfect I like everything about it.
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