Years ago I made a list of 101 things I wanted to do in 1001 days (basically 3 years). Making crème brûlée from scratch was actually on that list. After my trip to Paris a month ago, where I ate crème brûlée almost every day, I came back home inspired to give it a shot. I went to Pinterest and found a recipe that looked easy enough!
Here’s what you will need:
- 4 cups heavy cream
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 6 egg yolks
- 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup in mixture and 1/2 cup for crust
1. Heat heavy cream and vanilla extract in a sauce pan until hot, but not boiling.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks and 1/2 cup of sugar until well mixed. Pour in the hot cream gradually, mixing continually.
3. Place six (7 to 8-ounce) ramekins into a large roasting pan. Pour hot water into the pan to come roughly halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
4. Pour the egg mixture into the ramekins and bake at 325˚F / 165˚C for 45 – 50 minutes. The crème brûlée should be set, but still a little jiggly in the middle. Remove the ramekins from the roasting pan, allow to cool to room temperature, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours and up to three days. – POLY’s NOTES: I love this because I had desert ready for 3 days!
5. Remove the crème brûlée from the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before browning the sugar on top. Spread a tablespoon of sugar on top of each crème brûlée. Using a torch, melt the sugar to for a crispy top. If you don’t have a torch, you can broil the crème brûlée to melt the sugar. Keep an eye on it, to make sure you don’t over cook it. Allow the crème brûlée to sit for at least five minutes before serving. – POLY’s NOTES: I don’t have a torch yet, so I used the broil option for browning the sugar on top, so I did NOT way 30 minutes before putting in the oven. Also, you want to put the oven rack at the very top and it takes about 5-10 min for it to brown. Let cool for about 5 min.
I’ve been having so much fun trying new recipes and realizing it’s not that hard to make my favorite dishes! I hope you give this one a try!