2.17.2011

crème brûlée

ingredients (serves 6-10 depending on ramekin size):
1 vanilla bean (about 1 tsp vanilla extract is substitute for 1 vanilla bean)
3 cups heavy cream
6 egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup powdered sugar (optional)

directions:
preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. split vanilla bean in half lengthwise*; scrape seeds* into medium heatproof bowl. heat pod and cream in medium pot, without boiling.

add egg yolks and sugar to seeds in bowl; gradually whisk in hot cream mixture. place bowl over medium pot of simmering water; stir over medium heat about 10 minutes or until custard mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon. discard pod.

divide custard among six 1/2-cup heatproof dishes (ramekins). place dishes in large baking dish; pour enough boiling water into baking dish to come halfway up sides of dishes. bake, uncovered, about 20 minutes or until custards are just set. remove custards from water; cool to room temperature. cover; refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.

bring custards to room temperature (suggested).

if you have a kitchen torch: add about 1/2 tsp to the top of each custard, spread evenly and torch until crispy or golden brown
if you do not have a kitchen torch: preheat broiler. place custards in shallow broiler-safe dish filled with ice cubes; sprinkle custards evenly with sifted powdered sugar. using finger, distribute the sugar over the surface of each custard, pressing in gently; place under hot broiler until tops of crème brûlées are caramelized.

*i split up the substituted vanilla extract between the two bowls

recipe from best ever recipes cookbook.

6 comments:

Lauren said...

this is one of my favorite desserts, I tried making it from cooking light one time and it did not come out right. definitely going full fat next time!

Renée said...

yum yum, really like this dessert!

modern viking vixen said...

Wow this looks delicious. I should try this one day <3

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Rebekka Seale said...

YUM! This whole blog is yum, I can't wait to poke around some more!!!

Ashley said...

I had the most delicious creme brulee this weekend it was so yummy!!! I def will have to try this recipe its one of my favorite dessert! :)

Lisa Michelle Cifuentes said...

wow, I am adding this to my recipe collection. would love to make this!