Classic Vanilla Crème Brûlée

Classic Vanilla Crème Brûlée IMAGE Author: Canadian Living Credits: Classic Vanilla Crème Brûlée IMAGE

Decadent custard desserts are adored by French Canadians (OK, all Canadians). To celebrate this love affair, we've created the ultimate classic crème brûlée. A great trick for getting the perfect glassy, crunchy sugar topping is to combine granulated and brown sugars.

  • Portion size 6 servings

Ingredients

Topping:
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
Vanilla Custard:
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream (35%)
  • pinch salt
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

Method

Vanilla Custard: Halve vanilla bean lengthwise. In saucepan, combine vanilla bean, milk, cream and salt; bring to boil over medium heat. Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Discard vanilla bean.

In bowl, whisk egg yolks with sugar until pale and thickened, about 2 minutes. Stirring constantly with heatproof spatula, add milk in slow, steady stream. Strain through fine-mesh sieve into clean bowl.

Divide egg mixture among six 6-oz (175 mL) ramekins; arrange ramekins in shallow roasting pan. Pour in enough warm water to come halfway up sides of ramekins.

Bake in 350ºF (180ºC) oven until skin forms on surface, edge is lightly set and custard is still slightly jiggly in centre, 25 to 30 minutes.

Remove ramekins from pan; let cool on rack. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

Topping: Mix granulated sugar with brown sugar; sprinkle evenly over tops of custards. Place ramekins on baking sheet; broil, 6 inches (15 cm) from element, watching carefully, until sugar is melted and caramel colour, 2 to 4 minutes. Let cool before serving.

Tip from The Test Kitchen: Mix granulated sugar with brown sugar; sprinkle evenly over tops of custards. Place ramekins on baking sheet; broil, 6 inches (15 cm) from heat, watching carefully, until sugar is melted and caramel colour, 2 to 4 minutes. Let cool before serving.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Fibre 0 g
  • Sodium 39 mg
  • Sugars 17 g
  • Protein 5 g
  • Calories 265.0
  • Total fat 19 g
  • Potassium 127 mg
  • Cholesterol 224 mg
  • Saturated fat 11 g
  • Total carbohydrate 18 g

%RDI

  • Iron 4.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 11.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 9.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 20.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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