crème brûlée for two

January 12, 2011

Am I a master chef? Nope.   Am I adept at managing finicky desserts with finesse? Sadly, no.  Do I even have a kitchen torch? Well, no. Thankfully, crème brûlée requires none of the above. Phew! This lovely little dessert is my absolute favorite to order at restaurants, but I didn't have a clue that I could actually make it at home. Thanks to Georgia, I know that I can. It's very simple, really. You need very few ingredients, two ramekins, and an oven switched to the broil setting. The end. 
Crème Brûlée for Two
1 cup heavy cream
3 egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup light brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 280 degrees. Mix the cream, egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla extract together in a medium bowl. Whisk until all the sugar lumps are smooth and the consistency is creamy. Pour mixture carefully in your two ramekins.
  2. Fill the baking pan with hot water and add the ramekins. (The water should be about halfway up the sides of the ramekins.) Place the pan with the ramekins in the oven for an hour. I started checking mine after 45 minutes to see if they were done, but it ended up taking about an hour and 15 minutes. You will be able to stick a knife in the center and it will come out clean.
  3. Remove the ramekins from the baking pan, set them on the counter, and let them cool down before putting them in the refrigerator to chill overnight.
  4. Sprinkle a thin layer of the light brown sugar on the top of each ramekin.
  5. Preheat your oven to “Broil” and place ramekins in broiling tray filled with cold water and let brown sugar caramelize (about 2-3 minutes). Remove ramekins from pan to cool. Serve and enjoy!
*Adapted from The Comfort of Cooking

18 comments:

Cristina said...

I adore Georgia's blog too. Your Crème Brûlée for two turned out perfectly caramelized and looks so inviting with those blueberries on top.
Lovely blog... :)

"pup" said...

These look beautiful!
I love that you just did it in the broiler, rather than using a torch! I will have to try that!!

Jess said...

Thanks Cristina and pup!! :) These were very easy- definitely give it a try!!

Erin said...

Creme Brulee is my husbands favorite dessert! With only 3 in our family (the 6 year old won't eat it), I love this idea! The last one I made wasn't the best, I will have to give this recipe a try!

Shu Juan said...

Yummy!!! Looks great too! Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

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