This is a very nice dessert to serve when entertaining. Delicious served over mangos sprinkled with rum, or strawberries with Grand Marnier® or Cointreau®.

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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

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  • Beat egg yolks, 4 tablespoons white sugar and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl until thick and creamy.

  • Pour cream into a saucepan and stir over low heat until it almost comes to boil. Remove the cream from heat immediately. Stir cream into the egg yolk mixture; beat until combined.

  • Pour cream mixture into the top pan of a double boiler. Stir over simmering water until mixture lightly coats the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes. Remove mixture from heat immediately and pour into a shallow heat-proof dish.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.

  • Preheat oven to broil.

  • In a small bowl combine remaining 2 tablespoons white sugar and brown sugar. Sift this mixture evenly over custard. Place dish under broiler until sugar melts, about 2 minutes. Watch carefully so as not to burn.

  • Remove from heat and allow to cool. Refrigerate until custard is set again.

Nutrition Facts

561.4 calories; 5.8 g protein; 24 g carbohydrates; 416.7 mg cholesterol; 55.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2006
Great recipe, when following the modifications suggested by chefpone in the earlier reviews. To stop the custard cooking again when you caramelise the sugar under the grill/broiler, pack the tray around the dishes of creme brulee with ice. This keeps the wonderful contrast in texture between the hot and crispy layer of burnt sugar, and the cool slightly wobbly creme beneath. Lovely. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/18/2004
The ingredients and the amounts given in this recipe are fine, but as a professional pastry chef, I don't feel that the way it is prepared is the very BEST way you can serve Creme Brulee. After pouring a little of the hot cream into the egg yolk mixture and whisking briskly, pour the cream/yolk mixture into the rest of the cream and whisk. There will be a lot of foam on the top. Skim this off with a strainer and throw away. The double boiler step is not necessary. Pour the hot mixture into individual serving dishes or ramekins and place in a baking dish. Set the dish with the ramekins in it on your oven shelf, then pour hot water in the dish so the water comes halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake at 375 anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. They are done when you shake the dish gently and the brulees jiggle just slightly in the middle. The jiggle shouldn't be a liquid jiggle, but more of a gelatin-like jiggle. Remove from oven and let the brulees cool in the water bath for about 15 minutes, then remove and put the brulees in the refrigerator to chill. Just before serving, sprinkle the tops with white granulated sugar and shake off the excess. Place under broiler til caramelized or use a propane torch to burn the tops. Serve immediately. Part of the fun of Creme Brulee comes from the crispiness of the burnt top compared to the creaminess of the custard. When you burn the top and then re-refrigerate the custards, the top will become soft again, which isn't as pleasing to t Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/18/2004
The ingredients and the amounts given in this recipe are fine, but as a professional pastry chef, I don't feel that the way it is prepared is the very BEST way you can serve Creme Brulee. After pouring a little of the hot cream into the egg yolk mixture and whisking briskly, pour the cream/yolk mixture into the rest of the cream and whisk. There will be a lot of foam on the top. Skim this off with a strainer and throw away. The double boiler step is not necessary. Pour the hot mixture into individual serving dishes or ramekins and place in a baking dish. Set the dish with the ramekins in it on your oven shelf, then pour hot water in the dish so the water comes halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake at 375 anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. They are done when you shake the dish gently and the brulees jiggle just slightly in the middle. The jiggle shouldn't be a liquid jiggle, but more of a gelatin-like jiggle. Remove from oven and let the brulees cool in the water bath for about 15 minutes, then remove and put the brulees in the refrigerator to chill. Just before serving, sprinkle the tops with white granulated sugar and shake off the excess. Place under broiler til caramelized or use a propane torch to burn the tops. Serve immediately. Part of the fun of Creme Brulee comes from the crispiness of the burnt top compared to the creaminess of the custard. When you burn the top and then re-refrigerate the custards, the top will become soft again, which isn't as pleasing to t Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2006
Great recipe, when following the modifications suggested by chefpone in the earlier reviews. To stop the custard cooking again when you caramelise the sugar under the grill/broiler, pack the tray around the dishes of creme brulee with ice. This keeps the wonderful contrast in texture between the hot and crispy layer of burnt sugar, and the cool slightly wobbly creme beneath. Lovely. Read More
(736)
Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2008
I've made this creme brulee over and over for the last couple years and it's a big hit each time. I followed the suggestions from CHEFPEON. I do lower the temp of the oven to 350 and cook 20 mins though. turns out great! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/11/2007
Excellent flavor & texture using chefpeon's suggestions. I was a first timer and it was quite simple with one exception: the sugar mathematics don't add up unless I'm completely missing something. In total there are 8T sugar 6 white (divided) and 2 brown. The recipe says use 4T (brown & white sugar)in the egg mixture and the remaining 2T for the topping to torch. (!!!) I did graduate from college; where are the other 2Tbsp in this recipe? Why is the 6T white sugar divided in the first place? Anyhow enough of a rant...I added all of the sugar in the egg mixture reserving enough to coat the tops and torch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2007
This was so delicious! I followed the suggestions of ChefPeon and they turned out perfectly. I also instead of adding vanilla extract to the egg mixture cut open a vanilla bean and threw that into the cream while it was heating. I also found that the brown sugar burned a little too much when I torched it so maybe I will just use white sugar next time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/04/2003
A little different than other versions I have but still a winner -- I did find however that this did not work to a custard-like consistency which I enjoyed very much. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/20/2005
This was so easy to make and delicious and a real crowd pleaser. The only reason why I could not give this 5 stars is that a very important step is missing. When trying this recipe follow the review from chefpeon to make it a 5 star recipe. This is definitely a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2003
I have made this recipe so many times because my entire family loves it. They can never get enough. The only different step I make is when baking I put the custart dishes in a baking pan with water. Turns out super creamy. It's a thumbs up! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/22/2006
This was a great recipe for creme brulee. It was my first time making it so I went ahead and used CHEFPEON's suggestions and it turned out just like a restaurant dessert. Thanks for sharing such a simple yet decadent dessert. Read More
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