First attempt at this amazing show-stopping dessert now that my beautiful friend Tara has bought me a kitchen torch and ramekins for my birthday!! Who knew something this delicious could only contain 4, simple ingredients? Srsly. You need to try it. Apparently you don't even need a torch (although, let's be honest, how bad ass is a kitchen torch?) To top this all off, you can even add your own flavours to the creme brûlée, such as orange, chocolate, lemon, cinnamon, or my personal favourite... coconut.
However, tonight I just made plain, simple, beautiful creme brûlée. And I will make it again in a heart beat.
Can you guess what the four ingredients are?....
2 cups heavy (whipping) cream
1 1/2 tsp vanilla (or a vanilla bean, seeds scraped)
3 egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar + extra for the "brûlée" part
1. Preheat oven to 325*F.
2. Heat cream and vanilla in a saucepan until it reaches a boil. Remove from heat and cover, allowing to sit for up to 10 minutes.
3. In the meantime, whisk egg yolks and sugar together until well combined and a pale yellow colour.
4. Very slowly add the hot cream to the egg & sugar mixture, while continuously stirring. NOTE: it is important to do this slowly, because if it is added too fast it may basically cook the eggs...gross.
5. Once well combined, pour into 4 ramekins. Place ramekins in a large baking dish and pour enough hot water into the dish to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
6. Bake for 40-45 minutes. They will still jiggle/ripple when taken out of the oven.
7. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours (for up to 3 days, if covered)
8. Take ramekins out of the fridge 15-20 min before serving. Sprinkle approx. 1 tbsp sugar evenly over the surface of each one. Using a kitchen torch (eeeee!) burn the sugar until it turns into a crispy even layer.