Who doesn’t love pushing their spoon through a crackling sugar coated crust. I know it is a restaurant favorite recipe. Maybe nicer restaurants serve creme brulee. it isn’t hard to make, and you can recreate this restaurant favorite at home.
I don’t know why it is but it seems like most good restaurants serve creme brulee. It seems like a mysterious dessert. It would seem like it is difficult and hard to prepare. I promise, it isn’t a difficult dessert to make. Creme brulee is almost an economical after dinner treat to make. It has very few ingredients in it, and it tastes sublime. This recipe is for a vanilla bean variety. By using a vanilla bean you will get a wonderfully complex vanilla flavor. What I really like about this dessert is that you can make the custards a couple of days ahead of time, and then just before dinner you can add the sugar coating that we all love.
The Ingredients in Creme Brulee
So creme brulee has a few basic ingredients. You will need heavy cream, eggs, sugar, and a vanilla bean. Heavy cream is known my several different names. It is well obviously known as heavy cream, but some people call it whipping cream. You must use the heavy cream as half and half or even milk will not give this custard the creaminess that we all love. I am also using a vanilla bean in here. I like to use the vanilla bean because it really has a nice flavor. You can reuse the vanilla bean, you could make some vanilla sugar with the left over bean. You can find inexpensive vanilla beans at Costco, or even online at Beanilla. For this I am using regular sugar. If you have organic sugar it is also really good to use both in the custard and on the top.
I personally like to use a regular blow torch from the hardware store. I think they are cheaper and word just as well as BonJour Crème Brûlée Chef’s Professional Culinary Torch with Fuel Gauge. Do not use an industrial blow torch from someone’s welding kit, it may use a fuel that isn’t safe for human consumption. I like the one from the hardware store because they are cheaper, and I can do a sugar coated crust on a ham with one.
How to Make Creme Brulee
- 1 quart heavy cream
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 6 egg yolks
- blow torch - not an ingredient, but a special tool
- 1/4 cup sugar for brulee.
- Pour heavy cream into a heavy-bottomed pot. Split vanilla bean open with a sharp knife. Scrape out vanilla beans and put the seeds in the pot. Add the vanilla bean to the pot. Boil the cream for about 30 seconds, and then allow the cream to cool.
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Whisk together egg yolks and sugar until they are light and creamy. Add a small amount of the warmed cream into the egg yolks whisking briskly. Continue to add warmed cream in small amounts until it is fully incorporated. Do not add the milk too quickly, but do it very slowly.
- Fill 6 ramekins with custard. Place ramekins in a baking dish. Add boiling water to the baking dish. Bake custards for 30 minutes or until set. Allow the custards to cool to room temperature place in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before you make the brulee. The custards may not seem fully set when you remove them out of the oven, but they continue to set while they cool.
- Blot the custard dry with a paper towel before sprinkling with sugar. Add about 1 to 1/2 teaspoons of sugar to the top of each ramekin. Ignite the flame and sweep the flame from the outside to the inside of the ramekin. You will need to rotate the ramekin as you swipe the flame across the custard. You can refrigerate these about an hour before serving.