Creme Brûlée

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We had family dinner again at our apartment and my sister again had dessert.  This time she got ambitious and decided to make a creme brûlée.  This required me to buy the ramekins and torch, which I was happy to oblige because why would I turn down buying a torch?  So there was a package deal at Bed Bath and Beyond that came with 4 ramekins and a torch.  Turns out that the ramekins are freaking tiny and basically useless.  Good thing I had the souffle ramekins, so we decided to use those.  Turned out to be great dessert and super interactive as everyone got to torch their own before eating (which left everyone wanting to torch other stuff, but that could have been dangerous).  She got the recipe from the Food Network.

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Ingredients

  • 1 qt heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 1 cup vanilla sugar, divided (we used regular sugar)
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2 qts hot water

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Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • Over medium heat, boil the cream, vanilla bean and its pulp
  • Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 15 minutes (also remove the bean)
  • Whisk together 1/2 cup sugar and egg yolks in bowl
  • Slowly add the sitting cream, stirring continually
  • Pour the liquid evenly into the ramekins (will fill about 8)
  • Place the ramekins in a roasting pan
  • Pour enough hot water into the pan until the water level comes half way up the ramekins
  • Bake until the creme brulee is set (~40-45min) but still soft in the center
  • Remove the ramekins and refrigerate for ~2hours
  • Take them out of the refrigerator and let sit for ~30 min
  • Cover the tops of the creme brulee with sugar, making sure there is a fairly even coat over the top
  • Torch the crap out of it (or however much you want)
  • Let sit for a minute and enjoy!

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