So I got quite frankly bored going down to my local store to find unusual ingredients to cook with so it was in a moment of pure inspiration while brushing my teeth I thought “I bet you can cook with toothpaste”. I know everyone has probably tried this, but I haven’t so I was all like super excited and stuff…
Warning! Consuming toothpaste is not advised because of potentially hazardous levels of fluoride so don’t try this at home
But what to do? After the utter horror story that was the cat food episode, I figured I wanted something I really enjoy making: creme brulee! I reckon I can make a nice, fresh, minty version of this French classic. Lets start with the ingredients: I have cocoa, sugar, toothpaste, cream and eggs and I’ve slipped in the cocoa because I want to make a kind of After Eight brulee. I start by making my fresh, minty, chocolatey base: After mixing with some hot water I have this: At this point I have a taste … it’s not what I expected…at all! It’s overwhelmingly minty and really gritty from the kind of toothpaste it is (it has micro cleansing crystals apparently). Oh deary me. I march on and make my custard by mixing 3 egg yolks, 100g sugar and 1/2 liter single cream and heating to about 70C (finger test, just too hot) I’m going to make three versions of the brulee: 1 with no added extras, one with cocoa and one with cocoa and toothpaste. I’ll let you figure out which is which: I add the ramekins to a bain marie and place in my professional chef’s kitchen oven which have controls written by a far off alien race. Christ knows what’s going to happen next: After cooking at 150C (apparently) for 40 minutes I remove from the oven and OH NOES, look what’s happened! The plain one and the chocolate one are fine, but the toothpaste one has mysteriously risen! I’ve made a kind of creme brulee soufflee! I guess it must have been be the micro cleansing crystals in the toothpaste….
Despite this worrying development I soldier on and after chilling in the fridge till they have properly set I sprinkle over some sugar and place under a very hot grill for 4 minutes (blow torch missing). And here’s the result (left to right: plain, chocolate, toothpaste): So how do they taste? The unflavoured one is technically perfect; it has set wonderfully and the caramel top is delightfully crispy. I think the custard could do with a bit more milk and sugar to better soften the taste, but it’s decent. Pass. Onto the chocolate one. The addition of the cocoa has messed up the consistency so it hasn’t set properly and I don’t like the taste. Fail.
Onto the toothpaste one: I’m struggling to find an analogy and the best I can come up with is that bit at the end of The Fly where Brundlefly gets combined with the telepod and forms some kind of indescribable horror who’s only wish is to be killed. This thing … it’s runny, granular, gloopy and the caramel crust is just plain weird and rubbery. It tastes like gritty eggy toothpaste. I doubt even if I had used the smallest amount of toothpaste would this have worked.
So, EPIC failage. Mr Toothpaste will certainly not be visiting Mrs Kitchen any time soon!
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