I don’t know how I didn’t know this but I just found out that Creme Brûlée is my father’s favorite dessert. So earlier this week I whipped up a quick batch.
Years ago my mother got me a great 4 serving Creme Brûlée set, so when I’m just making them for us at home I still use it ams this recipe that came with them. (I alter this for large quantities and flavor variations)
Add 1 2/3 C Heavy Cream to a small sauce pan, and a good bit of vanilla beans.
Scald to 190 ( Do NOT Boil it)
Then let it cool for at least 10 minutes!
I use a vanilla bean paste (approx 1 1/2 TBSP) but you can scrape them from a vanilla bean or two or even three 🙂 if you use real vanilla beans scrape them wonderfulness from them and add it to the milk and also toss the bean shell in as well (but be very sure to remove the bean shell after the milk is done and cooled some)
The goal here is to really get lots of vanilla essence into the milk while scalding the milk.
(If the milk isn’t scalded just to 190 the custard will not set properly)
While that warms:
Separate 5 eggs, I freeze my whites for making meringues.
Mix your 5 egg yokes with 6 1/2 TBSP white sugar
To this I add:
1 Tsp vanilla extract
(once the milk has cooled some)
Slowly whisk a little of the warm milk into your egg mixture.
*You start with just a little so your egg doesn’t scramble (I’ve done this it’s not a good thing, ha) and by doing this you slowly bring the temperature of your eggs up.
Continue adding it slowly until all you milk is incorporated into the egg mixture.
(If you get a little foam on top it’s okay, I gently skim it off)
Now fill your ramekins evenly, you want them pretty full. This fills my set of four.
Bake in a water bath until it moves like jello when you tap it.
Chill in the fridge until completely set and cool.
Just before serving sprinkle the top with white sugar and use a torch to caramelize.
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Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)
Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)