Are you (or someone you love) the sort of person that loves peeling the protective plastic off screens? Do you have a severe addiction to popping bubble wrap? Some may say you take a sick pleasure in things like that but those aren’t the sort of people worth talking to anyway. If that spoke to you, then creme brulee is your dessert!
The best creme brulees have a crunchy top and deliciously smooth custard. Cracking the sugar with a spoon is soooooo satisfying!
This is a super easy dessert and can be planned well in advance. For those planning a date night this would be perfect.
Creme Brulee (serves 2)
- 100ml cream
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 Tbsp castor sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tsp demerara sugar
Place the cream and the vanilla in a saucepan over a medium heat. When there are a few rolling bubbles around the edges of the pan it is ready to take off the heat.
In a bowl whisk together the egg yolks and sugar. Slowly pour the cream into the bowl as you stir.
Pour the mixture into two ramekins. Place these in a roasting dish and half-fill the dish with water. (A bain marie.) It should come halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
Bake at 160°C for 20 minutes. Then take out of the oven but leave in the water filled dish for another ten minutes. Then remove to cool. It should be set but a little jiggly in the centre.
Once cool sprinkle a layer of demerara sugar on top. Try to make sure it is all even. Melt the sugar with a brulee torch (or under the grill. You want to keep it under the grill for the shortest amount of time possible if using that method.) Cool and keep in the fridge until ready to serve. Take out of the fridge about 15 minutes before serving.
The Boy liked melting the sugar as much as eating it. I think I preferred the results. What do you think is the best bit? It was the perfect amount for 2.
Old post circa February 2014