Classic Crème Brûlée

Today I’m sharing a recipe for one of my top five favorite desserts.  If you’ve never made crème brûlée before you’re going to be surprised by how simple it is to make the classic, creamy, decadent dessert.  All you need to whip up this fancy pants dessert is a pint of whipping cream, 4 eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla and some cute ramekins and a blow torch.

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What to buy (makes 4 servings):

  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar per each ramekin, for caramelizing
What to do:

  • preheat oven to 300 degrees
  • spray four ramekins with non-stick cooking spray
  • heat cream in a microwave safe bowl until it begins to bubble, took two minutes in my microwave
  • in a separate bowl, combine egg yolks with 1/4 cup sugar, stirring for 2-3 minutes until it lightens in color and becomes fluffier in texture
  •  slowly pour warm cream, vanilla and salt into the egg sugar mixture, whisking to temper the eggs so they don’t scramble
  • add vanilla, salt, and whisk to combine
  • pour into prepared ramekins
  • Add 2 cups water to 2-cup glass measuring cup and microwave on high power until boiling, about 4 minutes.
  • bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until mostly set in the middle as it will continue to set as it cools
  • to achieve the caramelized top layer,  sprinkle the top of each ramekin with 2 teaspoons sugar and using a torch held about 6 inches away from the surface, heat the sugar evenly until you’ve reached the desired level of caramelization

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