Creamy, Smooth, and Delicious!
And ranking up there with a good cheesecake in my opinion!
You won't need much, and it's definately worth every bite.
I found this fabulous recipe in a Cuisine at Home magazine a few weeks ago and decided I must try this. I have made it before using a different recipe but this one sounded perfect. For this occasion I bought my very first Vanilla Bean. Interesting things, those.
½ vanilla bean, chopped into ¼-inch pieces
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup half-and-half
3 egg yolks
¼ cup sugar
Pinch of salt
Creme Brulee Sugar for the top:
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup white sugar
Combine both sugars, then spread the mixture on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. After baking the brulees, turn off the oven. Place the pan containing the sugars inside the oven for 1 hour to dry the sugar.
Transfer to a food processor and pulverize until fine. Store in an airtight container until ready to carmelize.
Preheat oven to 325°.
Pulverize vanilla bean and 2 Tbsp. sugar in a coffee grinder.
Warm cream, half-and-half, and vanilla sugar in a saucepan over medium heat just until steam rises.
Whisk yolks, egg, ¼ cup sugar, and salt together in a mixing bowl. Slowly whisk hot cream mixture into eggs to temper.
Strain egg mixture into a measuring cup with a pour spout and divide among six 4-oz. ovenproof ramekins.
Arrange dishes in a baking pan., then carefully transfer pan to the oven.
Add hot water to the pan and bake custards 35-45 minutes, or until just set; don't overcook.
Remove ramekins from water bath, cool, then cover loosely with plastic wrap. Chill until completely set, preferably overnight.
Love these adorable ramekins!
When ready to serve, blot the tops of the custards with a paper towel if needed. Sprinkle with 1-2 Tbsp. sugar mixture over each custard.
Using a kitchen torch, melt the sugar by waving the torch's flame 4-8 inches away from the custards surface.
Burn until surface of custard is carmelized and no dry sugar is visible. Let custards stand 3-5 minutes before serving.
Notice the tiny flecks of vanilla bean, mmmm!
I didn't quite burn this long enough, theres still a little dry sugar, but it sure was yummy! and it didn't take long till it looked like this:
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