By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Dec 30, 2011 at 9:09 AM

As the year heads toward its close, we asked Chef Maikel Correa, who recently took over the kitchen at The Iron Horse Hotel, to grace us with an unbeatable sweet treat with a Milwaukee angle.

Here is how he responded:

"For a classic French dessert with a Milwaukee twist, try my Sprecher Cream Soda Creme Brulee," says Correa.

"I learned to make creme brulee during an apprenticeship with Tuckaway Country Club and have loved it ever since. I made this specific version of creme brulee for Randy Sprecher himself at a beer dinner at Merrill Hills Country Club and he loved it.

"Although he and his team get the credit for creating a great cream soda, I do claim credit for deciding to put it in this dish! It's a fun and tasty dessert to make that's sure to please the people you serve. My one piece of advice? Cook this as slowly as possible. Don't try to rush it because you risk curdling the batter. Enjoy!"

Sprecher Cream soda Crème brûlée
(Makes 18 4-ounce portions)

  • 15 ounces Egg yolks (about 15 eggs)
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 2 cups Sprecher cream soda
  • 1.25 quarts heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla bean

Start by reducing the cream soda down by half then cool.

Mix sugar, egg yolks and cream soda reduction together (do not whip).

Bring 2.5 cups of the heavy cream and the roe from the vanilla beans to a simmer but do not boil and remove from heat.

Slowly add small amounts of the hot cream mixture to the egg mixture.

Add remaining cold heavy cream to the mix.

Allow to sit and relax overnight (to allow all air in the mixture to escape)

Pour mixture into desired size crème brûlée bowl and bake covered in a water bath for 1.5 hours at 275 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cover with a thin layer of sugar and caramelize the sugar with a blow torch.


Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.