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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Creme Brulee!

If you want to impress your Husband, Wife, Boyfriend, Girlfriend, Parents, In-Laws, Boss etc...make them some creamy, silky perfect Creme Brulee.

I have tried many different variations of this recipe and this one never, ever fails me. It always comes out beautiful and silky, not to mention absolutely perfect!

Separate 8 eggs and save the egg whites for another time.

I usually freeze them and use them in egg dishes when needed.
Add 1/3 Cup superfine granulated sugar to the egg yolks
Now start whisking. Whisk and whisk and whisk until the egg mixture starts to
lighten in colour and all the sugar has dissolved.
Now add 1 teaspoon of PURE (not the fake stuff) Vanilla extract...or if you have one, use a real vanilla bean
Now add 2 Cups of heavy Cream...keep on whisking.

Whisk, whisk...and voila. The mixture should be a nice creamy yellow.

Skim off any bubbles in the mixture and divide into 5-6 ramekins. Place ramekins in a deep baking dish.

Now this is very important. Boil some water and add it to your baking tray. This is called a water bath. The water should come to about half way up the ramekins. Some find it easier to place the tray in the oven first then pour in the water.

Now bake in a 350F oven for 50-60 minutes. The creme brulee should still be a little loose in the middle. Remove from the oven and let cool in the water bath. Once cooled, remove from water and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
When you are ready to serve, get out your hand held torch

I got this baby for Christmas a few years back. Totally handy for this dish!
If you don't own one you can just use your oven set to broil. Just make sure that your oven rack is set up close to the broiler as you don't want the filling to heat up too much. You just want to caramelize the top.
Now sprinkle about 1 tsp of sugar over the Creme Brulee...and fire them up..
careful not to linger too long on one spot.
Garnish with fresh raspberries! So amazing!

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