Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Basic Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee is a rich custard with a crunchy sugar topping. It is not only delicious, but also very easy to make. This is a Southern Living recipe. I increased it by half again as much in order to fill 7 ramekins. If you are good with a kitchen torch, then use it to caramelize your sugar topping. If you are a pyromaniac like me, then broil it in the oven. I might have set a few of these on fire.

Creme Brulee

2 cups whipping cream
5 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1/2 cup turbinado sugar

Combine whipping cream, egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla, stirring with a wire whisk until sugar dissolves and mixture is smooth. Pour mixture evenly into 5 greased round individual baking dishes. Place dishes in a large pan. Pour about 1/2 inch water into the pan.
Bake at 275 for 45-50 minutes, or until set. Cool. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

Sprinkle a generous amount of sugar onto the top of each custard. Broil carefully in oven until topping is browned. A torch can be used if desired.

Whisk together whipping cream, sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla:

Pour water into the baking dish about 1/2 " deep:

Fill greased ramekins:

Place in oven and bake for 40-50 minutes or until set. Chill for 8 hours or overnight.

Sprinkle a generous amount of turbinado sugar on top.

Broil for about 5 minutes or until nicely browned. The top should be hard to the touch.

This is a wonderful dessert to serve to company.


Tammy said...

do you chill again or eat straight from oven?

Vickie said...

I have done both. It works for me either way. I started to mention your kitchen torch skills, which I definitely do not possess.

Tammy said...

Vickie--Those look amazing! Creme Brulee is one of my favorite desserts. I hope you do decide to have a cooking/craft class. My vote is definately yes. It sounds like so much fun!!

Anonymous said...

I have GOT to make these! Ever since High School Musical's reference to Creme Brulee, the girls have wanted me to make it. I just assumed that it was too difficult. (I whimped out and we took them to Brio to try it instead!) But now you've given me hope. I am going to try it! The torch part sounds like fun. I think I'll buy a fire extinguisher first though!

Dianne ;-)