Creme Brûlée with Glazed Fruit

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For custard:

  • 2.5 cups of thickened or heavy cream
  • 2 Teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 6 Egg yolks
  • 1/3 of a cup of sugar
  • Some brown sugar & a blow torch (oven will work if no blow torch). You can get a torch at Bed Bath and Beyond or Amazon for less than $20

For glazed fruit

  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Orange juice
  • 3⁄4 cup fruit juice (apple, orange,etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Prepare custard:

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  • Beat egg yolks, 4 tablespoons white sugar and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl until thick and creamy.
  • Pour cream into a saucepan and stir over low heat until it almost comes to boil. Remove the cream from heat immediately after it develops a film
  • Stir cream into the egg yolk mixture. Pour a very small amount first and stir. This process is called “tempering” so you don’t cook the egg. Continue pouring and mixing until all combined.
  • Strain in to a jug
  • Use the blowtorch to remove any bubbles. You can use a spoon if you don’t have a blowtorch.
  • Pour cream mixture into the ramekins.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.

To caramelize custard (with blowtorch)

  • Sift brown sugar evenly over custard
  • Use blowtorch to melt sugar. Wait 30 secs and do another pass on each ramekin.

To caramelize custard (with no blowtorch)

  • Preheat oven to broil.
  • Sift brown sugar evenly over custard. Place dish under broiler until sugar melts, about 2 minutes. Watch carefully so as not to burn.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool. Refrigerate until custard is set again.

Prepare glaze

  • Combine fruit juice and cornstarch in a 2 cup microwave-safe measuring cup.
  • Stir in sugar
  • Microwave for 2-2 1/2 minutes at High, stirring once, until thickened.
  • Cool for 5 minutes, then dip the fruit on the glaze and place over the custard and you are done!

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