Creme Brûlée

Creme Brûlée
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This special dessert has been a favorite at our house for years. It's decadent, beautiful and easy to make ahead. I love to serve it for a dinner party, for birthdays or as a Valentine's treat. Share it with someone you love.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 8 hours
Creme Brûlée
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Rating: 0
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This special dessert has been a favorite at our house for years. It's decadent, beautiful and easy to make ahead. I love to serve it for a dinner party, for birthdays or as a Valentine's treat. Share it with someone you love.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 8 hours
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Heat the 4 cups of water in a kettle until hot, but not boiling - turn off the heat.
  2. Place the 6 egg yolks in a bowl
  3. Add 6 tablespoons of the sugar (the other 6 tablespoons will be for the brûlée top later)
  4. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until well blended
  5. Get out your vanilla bean - I strongly recommend a real vanilla bean for this recipe - it adds a rich, wonderful flavor to the creme brûlée. You should be able to find one at your local grocery store in the spice aisle. f you can't find one, use 1 teaspoon genuine vanilla extract
  6. Using a sharp knife, cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise
  7. Using the tip of your sharp knife, scrape the seeds from the pod
  8. Add the vanilla seeds to the bowl
  9. Gradually add the 1.5 cups of heavy cream to the egg and sugar mixture
  10. Whisk the mixture to make sure it's well blended
  11. Place the ramekins or cups in a 9x13 pan. I love to use my Fiesta ware coffee cups in this recipe - they're fun and add a splash of color to the table
  12. Divide the custard mixture evenly among the 6 cups or ramekins
  13. Add enough hot water to the pan to come about half-way up the sides of the cups
  14. Bake until the custard is set - it will jiggle slightly, look cooked and smell lovely - between 30 and 40 minutes
  15. Remove the cups from the hot pan and set aside to cool completely. Cover and refrigerate overnight, if you are making them ahead
  16. Now for the fun part! Place 1 tablespoon of sugar on top of each custard. Using a kitchen torch (or your oven's broiler) toast the sugar until it begins to get brown and bubbly (hence the title brûlée!)
  17. Let the top cool - it should be hard and crunchy, but not burnt
  18. Serve this decadent, beautiful dessert immediately or refrigerate until you're ready. It makes a fabulous Valentine's day treat for someone you love.
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