Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Crème Brûlée

136. Here is a delicious recipe by Alton Brown for:

  • 1 quart heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 1 cup vanilla sugar, divided (make vanilla sugar by placing a vanilla bean into a container with sugar.)
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2 quarts hot water


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Place the cream, vanilla bean and its pulp into a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Remove the vanilla bean and reserve for another use.

In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup sugar and the egg yolks

until well blended and it just starts to lighten in color. Add the cream a little at a time, stirring continually.

Pour the liquid into 6 (7 to 8-ounce) ramekins. Place the ramekins into a large cake pan or roasting pan. Pour enough hot water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins.

Bake just until the creme brulee is set, but still trembling in the center, approximately 40 to 45 minutes.

Remove the ramekins from the roasting pan and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days.

Remove the creme brulee from the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes prior to browning the sugar on top. Divide the remaining 1/2 cup vanilla sugar equally among the 6 dishes and spread evenly on top.

Using a torch, melt the sugar and form a crispy top. Allow the creme brulee to sit for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Serve with fresh fruit, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries or anything of your choice. Whipped Cream is a wonderful accent.

"Some people like to paint pictures, or do gardening,
or build a boat in the basement.
Other people get a tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen,
because cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing,
or wood carving, or music."
~ Julia Child


Stephani said...

Your blog is scrumptious! I wish I could climb in and stay there for awhile!

Natasha said...

YUMMY!!! Oh my goodness that looks heavenly. Just right for a romantic valentine's dinner.

Best wishes to you and your family for a beautiful Valentine's.

Stephani said...

Just wanted you to know I made the pink M&M cookies for my nieces on Valentine's Day. They turned out great! Anxiously awaiting your next post. (Yes, this is my second comment on the same post!)Blessings.

beedeebabee♥ said...

Hope you had a great Valentine's Day...Gosh, I wish I could reach in and grab one of these! Yum!!! xoxo


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