My favorite dessert, Creme Brulee is a French classic typically consisting of a cream with vanilla flavor and a crunchy caramel topping.
It is difficult to pinpoint the date when this dish first appeared, but the earliest reference to the creme brulee can be found in a cookbook written by Francois Massialot, all the way back in 1691. The creme brulee has many variations, including being prepared with lemon, white chocolate, among other flavors – I have even found a recipe using coconut. However, the traditional vanilla is still the favorite of most people. The British version is called the Trinity or Cambridge burnt-cream Cream, the Catalan version is called crema catalana.
For best presentation I suggest that you prepare the creme brulee as individual servings in small ramekins. For an authentic caramel finish you absolutely have to use a kitchen blowtorch, putting it under the broiler never seems to get the desired result.
My other secret tip is to always use real vanilla beans, not the essence – it adds a depth of flavor that will blow your taste buds away.
* 2 cups heavy cream (preferably fresh cream)
* 1 / 2 cup milk
* 1 cup caster sugar (+ 1 / 4 cup sugar to caramelize the tops)
* 1 vanilla pod – cut in half and scrape out the seeds with the point of a thin knife.
* 6 eggs (yolks only)
Okay, you are now ready to prepare this amazing dessert.
* In a saucepan add the cream, milk, vanilla seeds and pod. Bring to medium heat but dont let it boil.
* In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks while slowly adding the sugar. Once the sugar is mixed in well slowly begin to add the cream. Secret tip #3: Dont add the cream too quickly! If you do, the eggs will scramble.
* Separate the mixture into individual ramekins and bake in oven (preheated to 120 º C or 240F) for about 35 minutes (or until mixture is lightly golden in color). Remove from oven and cool completely. Tip #4: for best results first place the ramekins in a baking tray and fill it with water to a level about halfway up the ramekins.
* Spread the sugar over the cream and burn with a kitchen blowtorch to caramelize the sugar and create a delicious cover for your crème brûlée.
It is now ready to serve and be thoroughly enjoyed by your guests.
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Source: Article By Stephanie Blakely