7 Excuses to Break Out the Blowtorch

Baked Alaska Birthday Cake © Con Poulos
By F&W Editors Posted January 25, 2016

It's always fun to use a blowtorch in the kitchen (as long as you follow the directions and know what you're doing). And that goes double for Valentine's Day.

From classic crème brûlée to over-the-top layer cake, here are seven fantastic recipes to finish with a blowtorch and impress any date.

1. Chamomile Toast Crunch

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This dessert combines the satisfactions of childhood and adulthood: the simple joy of buttered toast, the sugary crackle of crème brûlée and the indulgent moistness of tres-leches cake.

2. Baked Alaska Birthday Cake

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Three flavors of ice cream, moist chocolate cake, nutty ganache and fluffy, toasted meringue make the ultimate birthday cake.

3. Butterscotch Crème Brûlée with Caramel Corn

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This decadent dessert is pastry chef James Foran's ode to the Cracker Jack.

4. Tres Leches Cake

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© Chris Court

Supremely moist and rich, this cake is topped with swirls of torched meringue.

5. Lemon Meringue Pie

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© David Malosh

The billowy Italian meringue topping browns beautifully thanks to a blowtorch.

6. S'mores Brownies

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Upgrade brownies with a crunchy graham cracker crust and perfectly golden blowtorched marshmallows.

7. Brûléed Key Lime Tarts

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This Oreo-crusted riff on Key lime pie is the perfect sweet-tart dessert.

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