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Perfect Creme Brulee Recipe

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Added: Friday, May 23, 2008

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
6 egg yolks, chilled
6 tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 c. whipping cream, chilled
4 tbsp. sugar for topping

Directions:
Directions:
Preheat oven to 275. Adjust oven rack to center position. Butter six (1/2 c.) custard cups and set them into a glass baking dish. If cooking custards in a metal pan,cover the bottom of the pan with a layer of newspaper to ensure an even temperature on the bottom.
In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until slightly thickened. Add sugar and mix until dissolved; mix in cream, then pour mixture into prepared custard cups. Bring the water for the water bath to a light simmer on top of the stove; carefully pour hot water into the baking pan to come half way up the sides of the custard cups. NOTE: The most common mistake people make in baking a custard is not putting enough water in the hot water bath. The water should come up to the level of the custard inside the cups. You must protect your custard from the heat.
Bake approximately 45 min. or until set around the edges but still loose in the center. The cooking time will depend largely on the size of the custard cup you are using, but begin checking at a half hour and check back regularly. When the center of the custard is just set, it will jiggle a little when shaken, that's when you can remove it from the oven.
Remove from oven and leave in the water bath until cooled to room temperature. Remove cups from water bath, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.
When ready to serve, sprinkle approximately 2 tsp. of remaining sugar over each creme brulee. For best results, use a small hand held torch. Hold the torch 4 to 5 in. from the sugar, maintaining a slow and even motion. Stop torching just before the desired degree of doneness is reached, as the sugar will continue to cook for a few seconds after flame has been removed. If you don't have a torch, place creme brulees 6 in. below the broiler for 4 to 6 min. or until sugar bubbles and turns golden brown. Refrigerate creme brulees at least 10 min. before serving. Serve within 1 hour as topping will deteriorate.

 

 

 

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