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Silky Crème Brûlée

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Silky Crème Brûlée
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 33 min
  • Servings 4
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Very soft custard contrasts deliciously with a crunchy brown sugar glaze and is delectable spooned over fruit. This elegant, rich and creamy delight is one of Betty’s Best, a classic served in the Betty Crocker Dining Room.

Ingredients

4
egg yolks
3
tablespoons granulated sugar
2
cups whipping (heavy) cream
1
teaspoon vanilla
1/3
cup packed brown sugar

Directions

  • 1 Beat egg yolks with electric mixer on high speed about 3 minutes or until thick and lemon colored. Gradually beat in granulated sugar.
  • 2 Heat whipping cream in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat just until hot.
  • 3 Gradually stir at least half of the hot cream into egg yolk mixture; stir back into hot cream in saucepan. Cook over low heat 5 to 8 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens (do not boil). Stir in vanilla.
  • 4 Pour custard into four Cordon Bleu® 6-ounce ceramic crème brûlée dishes or ramekins. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours but no longer than 24 hours. Custard must be completely chilled before broiling with brown sugar on top to keep custard from overheating.
  • 5 Set oven control to broil. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over custard. Broil with tops about 5 inches from heat about 3 minutes or until sugar is melted and forms a glaze. Serve immediately (mixture will be runny), or refrigerate 1 to 2 hours or until slightly firm. Store covered in refrigerator.
Tips  

Looking for a firmer custard more like the crème brûlée you enjoy in restaurants? After broiling the sugar in step 5, refrigerate the custard for at least 8 hours.

Gradually stirring hot cream into the egg mixture dilutes and warms the mixture before adding it to the hot cream. This prevents the egg mixture from immediately cooking and separating.

Spice things up! Try mixing the brown sugar with 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg before sprinkling over the custard.

Do not use glass custard cups or glass pie plates because they cannot withstand the heat from broiling and may break.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
520
(
Calories from Fat
380
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
42 g
(
Saturated Fat
25 g
)
Cholesterol
345 mg
Sodium
55 mg
Potassium
190 mg
Total Carbohydrate
31 g
(
Dietary Fiber
0g
)
Protein
5 g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
32%
32%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
12%
12%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 8 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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