Indulgent Creme Brûlée For Two: A Perfect Date Night Dessert

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Creme brûlée, with its smooth, rich custard base and the satisfying crack of its caramelized sugar crust, is a classic French dessert that never goes out of style. While it may seem intimidating, this recipe proves that creating this delightful treat at home is surprisingly easy.

Ingredients:

Easy Creme Brûlée
Easy Creme Brûlée

1 cup heavy cream

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus extra for topping
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • Pinch of salt

  • Instructions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C). Fill a shallow baking dish with about 1 inch of hot water. This will create a water bath for the creme brûlée to cook in.
    2. In a saucepan, heat the heavy cream, milk, and vanilla bean pod over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat and let steep for 15 minutes. This allows the vanilla bean to infuse its flavor into the cream.
    3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy. You can use a hand mixer for this step if desired.
    4. Slowly whisk the warmed cream mixture into the egg yolk mixture. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any bits of egg yolk or vanilla bean pod.
    5. Divide the custard evenly between two ramekins. Set the ramekins carefully in the prepared baking dish.
    6. Bake the creme brûlée for 40-45 minutes, or until the edges are set but the center still has a slight wobble.
    7. Remove the creme brûlée from the oven and let cool completely at room temperature. Then, refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or ideally overnight, to allow the custard to set fully.

    To Brûlée the Tops:

    1. Once the creme brûlée is chilled, remove it from the refrigerator. Pat the tops dry with a paper towel.
    2. Sprinkle a thin, even layer of granulated sugar over each ramekin. Use a kitchen torch to caramelize the sugar until golden brown and bubbly. Be careful not to over-caramelize, as the sugar will burn.
    3. Let the creme brûlée sit for a few minutes to allow the sugar crust to harden.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 350

  • Fat: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 15g
  • Cholesterol: 210mg
  • Sodium: 80mg
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Sugar: 20g
  • Protein: 5g

  • Please note: This is an approximate nutritional value based on the ingredients used.

    Conclusion

    There you have it! With this simple recipe, you can impress your loved ones with a restaurant-quality creme brûlée made right at home. The creamy texture paired with the satisfying crunch of the caramelized sugar makes this dessert a true showstopper.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    1. Don’t I need to separate the egg whites?
    No, for this creme brûlée recipe, we use the whole egg yolks. This creates a richer and smoother custard.

    2. What if I don’t have a kitchen torch?
    You can simulate the caramelized sugar crust by preheating your oven to broil. Place the ramekins under the broiler for a short time, watching closely, until the sugar bubbles and browns. Be very careful, as the sugar can burn quickly under the broiler.

    3. Can I use a different type of milk?
    While whole milk is ideal for its richness, you can substitute with 2% or skim milk if needed. The texture and flavor of the creme brûlée will be slightly lighter.

    4. How long will the creme brûlée last?
    The creme brûlée will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

    5. What can I do with leftover egg whites?