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Creme Brûlée, Gemma Stafford, Bigger Bolder Baking, Recipes
Perfect Creme Brûlée 4 Ways!

Make perfect creme brulee anytime with my chef-tested recipe including four amazing ways to enjoy it for your dessert anytime you want.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Author: Gemma Stafford
Ingredients
  • Gemma's Creme Brûlée
  • 2 cups (full) (500ml/18fl oz) Cream
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • ½ vanilla pod and seeds (if you have one)
  • ½ cup (100g/4oz) caster sugar, plus extra for the topping
  • 6 free-range egg yolks
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 150C/300F
  2. Pour the cream into a saucepan. Add the vanilla extract. Split the vanilla pod lengthways and scrape the seeds into the cream. (optional, but a nice touch)
  3. On Medium heat, gently bring the cream to boiling point. Turn off just when it is about to come to a boil. Let it sit to 10 minutes to infuse the vanilla pod for stronger flavor.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the sugar and egg yolks together in a large heatproof bowl until well combined.
  5. Pour the cream over the egg mixture and whisk.
  6. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a large jug, this will remove any bits of vanilla pod and cooked egg.
  7. Pour your custard into fill 6 ramekins to about two-thirds full.
  8. Place the ramekins into a large roasting tray and pour in enough hot water to come halfway up their outsides. (This is called a bain-marie.)
  9. Place the bain-marie onto the centre shelf of the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the custards are just set but still a bit wobbly in the middle.
  10. NOTE, DEPENDING ON THE SIZE AND HOW DEEP YOUR DISHE IS COOKING TIME MAY BE DIFFERENT, CHECK ON YOUR BRULEE AFTER 25/30 MINUTES
  11. Remove the ramekins from the water and set aside to cool to room temperature. Chill until needed.
  12. When ready to serve, sprinkle one level teaspoon of caster sugar evenly over the surface of each crème brûlée, then caramelise with a chefs' blow-torch (if you are lucky enough to have one) Otherwise CAREFULLY brûlée under a hot grill/ broiler. Just for 2 minutes or so until the sugar colors. Don't leave unsupervised or you can curdle your creme brûlée and it will be liquid.
  13. For the additonal flavors you can add Chocolate in the bottom of your dish, raspberries and dissolved instant coffee. When adding coffee, taste to make sure it is strong enough.

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