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Silky Crème Brûlée

  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 2 hr 33 min
  • Servings 4

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. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

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

Steps

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  • 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.

Expert 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 Facts

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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