Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Creme Brulee

Delicious creamy custard with carmelized sugar drizzled on top....is there a more delectable treat out there?
I can't think of one!
Every time I go to a more upscale Italian restaraunt, this is always on the order, I know it's a french dessert-but the Italian know how to make it too, and I am a bigger fan of Italian food than french food.
Lately we haven't been going to many upscale or lowscale for that matter Italian restaraunts so I took matters into my own hands and learned to make it myself, without one of those little torches even!
...anyway, what you came for, the recipe...
  • 1 3/4 cups of half & half or light cream
  • 5 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  1. Preheat your oven to 325.
  2. Get a pot of water boiling.
  3. Place 6 6 ounce custard dishes in a 3 qt rectangluar baking dish.
  4. In a small and heavy saucepan heat the half & half or cream over med-low heat until just bubbly. Remove from heat; set aside.
  5. Meanwhile in a medium bowl combine egg yolks, 1/3 c sugar, vanilla and salt. Beat with whisk until just combined.
  6. Slowly whisk the hot half and half into egg mixture.
  7. Pour custard into the custard dishes evenly.
  8. Place the baking dish in the oven
  9. Pour the boiling water into the pan until it reaches half-way up the custard dish sides.
  10. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  11. Remove from water and let cool on wire rack.
  12. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour and up to 8.
  13. Let custards sit at room temp for 20 minutes before serving.
  14. While letting them sit, get out a heavy 8 inch skillet and heat the 1/2 cup sugar over med-high heat until it starts to melt-shaking the pan occasionally to heat evenly. Do not stir.
  15. Once it starts to melt reduce heat to low and cook for about 5 minutes or until it is all melted and golden, stir as needed with wooden spoon.
  16. Quickly drizzle sugar over custards, if the sugar hardens in skillet return to heat and stir until melted again.

So fancy pants!


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