Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Homemade Crème brûlée

Perfect dessert to impress your special someone.
Rich and velvety custard creme, topped with a layer of crunchy caramel. This is to die for!
You won't believe how simple is to make this Crème brûlée from scratch, until you try!
This is the perfect dessert to end your fancy dinner party or to woe your special someone. And you can make it as good as your favorite restaurant: super rich creamy custard topped with a deliciously sweet and crunchy layer of caramelized sugar. Absolutely perfect! Can't wait to crack the top :-)

Ingredients: to make 4 servings
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 10 oz (300 ml) of heavy whipping cream
  • 4 oz (110 ml) of whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (100 gr) of sugar
  • about 4 tablespoons of brown sugar
Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus about 50 minutes baking and at least 2 hours refrigeration

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (180 C). In a medium saucepan heat the milk with the whipping cream and the vanilla extract. Bring to a slow boil.
Step 2: In a large bowl, mix the egg yolks with the sugar. When the milk is hot and starting to boil, pour into the eggs slowly, stirring continuously  until smooth.
Step 3: Pour the mixture, evenly, into 4 individual size ramekins. Place them into a large oven pan. Pour boiling hot water in the oven pan, up to about halfway the sides of the ramekins.  Careful not to pour water the ramekins :-) Bake for about 45 minutes, until the top is slightly golden, sides are set and center still slightly jiggly.
Step 4: Remove the ramekins from the hot water and let them cool off. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours so the cream will set. Sprinkle the top with brown sugar, and using a torch, if you have it, caramelize the sugar to form a crispy golden top. If you don't have a torch, preheat the oven to broil. Place the ramekins under the broiler until the sugar melts. It should take between 30 seconds to two minutes, based on your oven. You have to be really careful and make sure not to burn everything! The broiler on my oven it's very powerful, and it only took a few seconds. Wait a few minutes before serving! You can also refrigerate again and serve a room temperature.
Sinfully delicious! Enjoy :-)

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