Ultimate crème brûlée with a spoon

Ultimate crème brûlée

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins - 40 mins Plus chilling

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Serves 4

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Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: nutrition per serving (and worth it)

  • kcal620
  • fat59g
  • saturates34g
  • carbs17g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre0g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.01g
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Ingredients

  • 2 cartons double cream, 1 large (284ml) plus 1 small (142ml)
  • 100ml full-fat milk

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  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 50g golden caster sugar, plus extra for the topping

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180C/ 160C fan/ gas 4. Sit four 175ml ramekins in a deep roasting tin at least 7.5cm deep (or a large deep cake tin), one that will enable a baking tray to sit well above the ramekins when laid across the top of the tin.

  2. Pour the large and small cartons of double cream into a medium pan with 100ml full-fat milk. 

  3. Lay 1 vanilla pod on a board and slice lengthways through the middle with a sharp knife to split it in two. Use the tip of the knife to scrape out all the tiny seeds into the cream mixture. Drop the vanilla pod in as well, and set aside.

  4. Put 5 large egg yolks and 50g golden caster sugar in a mixing bowl and whisk for 1 min with an electric hand whisk until paler in colour and a bit fluffy.

  5. Put the pan with the cream on a medium heat and bring almost to the boil. As soon as you see bubbles appear round the edge, take the pan off the heat.

  6. Pour the hot cream into the beaten egg yolks, stirring with a wire whisk as you do so, and scraping out the seeds from the pan.

  7. Set a fine sieve over a large wide jug or bowl and pour the hot mixture through to strain it, encouraging any stray vanilla seeds through at the end.

  8. Using a big spoon, scoop off all the pale foam that is sitting on the top of the liquid (this will be several spoonfuls) and discard. Give the mixture a stir.

  9. Pour in enough hot water (from the tap) into the roasting tin to come about 1.5cm up the sides of the ramekins. Pour the hot cream into the ramekins so you fill them up right to the top – it’s easier to spoon in the last little bit.

  10. Put them in the oven and lay a baking sheet over the top of the tin so it sits well above the ramekins and completely covers them, but not the whole tin, leaving a small gap at one side to allow air to circulate.

  11. Bake for 30-35 mins until the mixture is softly set. To check, gently sway the roasting tin and if the crème brûlées are ready, they will wobble a bit like a jelly in the middle. Don’t let them get too firm.

  12. Lift the ramekins out of the roasting tin with oven gloves and set them on a wire rack to cool for a couple of mins only, then put in the fridge to cool completely. This can be done overnight without affecting the texture.

  13. When ready to serve, wipe round the top edge of the dishes, sprinkle 1½ tsp of caster sugar over each ramekin and spread it out with the back of a spoon to completely cover.

  14. Spray with a little water using a fine spray (the sort you buy in a craft shop) to just dampen the sugar – then use a blow torch to caramelise it. Hold the flame just above the sugar and keep moving it round and round until caramelised. Serve when the brûlée is firm, or within an hour or two.

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joel73uk
13th Jan, 2009
5.05
I've tried loads of creme brulee recipes and usually they are too sweet or have a very egg taste. I have to say this one is really good a perfect balance between cream and sweetness. Its sets to just the right consistency and is rich and indulgent as Creme Brulee should be! The only thing I did different to the recipe was to use a large carton of Extra thick double cream. I usually find this seems to set better.
mrangeley
11th Dec, 2008
5.05
This was fantastic, i have made other creme brulees in the past and they have always turned out terrible. This is my favourite pudding of all time, so glad have found one that is easy and delicious to make, yum yum!
gemcheat
23rd Oct, 2008
5.05
Delicious! Such a simple recipe.
santiagoj94
8th Jul, 2008
5.05
I added a bit to this amazing recipe just before step two add about 3-5 tablespoons of lemon juice. but add at step two to keep the cream from curdiling unless you want buttermilk which is quite good as a substitute fot the creme it renders a more silky richer creme brulee
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jowillmott
3rd Jul, 2008
5.05
The perfect recipe and so easy to make. Recommend spooning in to ramakins though. Loved by all.
julie_mo
18th Feb, 2008
5.05
Absolutely fantastic! So easy to make and tasted devine - will keep this recipe for life!!!
beagle1
8th Nov, 2007
5.05
This is a fantastic recipe, friends said it was better then any they had eaten in a restaurant!

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