Sunday, June 26, 2005

Black and White Crème Brulee

Here it is, folks. Thanks to Derek for all the pictures he took when I needed both my hands. We are eating it right now. Eat your hearts out.

Black and White Creme Brulee

8 large egg yolks
1/3 cup, plus 8 teaspoons sugar
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
4 oz. dark chocolate, very finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk egg yolks and 1/3 cup sugar in large bowl to blend. Pour cream into a heavy saucepan. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean and add bean. Bring cream to a simmer, remove from heat. Gradually whisk hot cream mixture into yolks. Strain custard into another large bowl. Transfer 2 scant cups to medium bowl. Immediately add chocolate to remaining custard in large bowl. Whisk mixture until chocolate melts and custard is smooth.

Divide chocolate custard among 8 ramekins. Place ramekins in large roasting pan. Pour enough hot water into roasting pan to come halfway up sides of ramekins. Bake until custard is barely set in center, about 25 minutes. Refridgerate until tops feel firm, about 30 minutes. Spoon vanilla custard over chocolate. Place ramekins in roasting pan with water. Bake until vanilla custard is barely set, about 35 minutes. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon sugar on each and TORCH (you can also use a broiler for this--1 minute). Refridgerate for 1 hour.

Garnish with mint and blackberries.


Iron Chef said...

damn, kristen, you could make an awesome cookbook with those pictures you took! that looked freaking awesome! thanks for participating...

Kristen said...

thank you. this is the funny part. I had to take the pictures with the camcorder because I left my camera at my sister's house yesterday. Surprise, surprise. They came out way better than expected. I told Amy that I was just in it to work on taking better pictures. The creme brulee was a bonus.

N said...

yummy! m already salivating here! you get my vote kristen..

Marel Lecone said...

Hey, where is the flame part? I was looking forward to that too. But, of course, the pictures captured the greatness of this dessert. Big Yums!! Good job to Derek on the pics!

Marel Lecone said...

And, real quick, if it is ok with Kristen. I would like to give everyone a little insight into the seriousness of Kristen and her creme brulee. On her wedding registry, she made sure to register for the SPECIAL creme brulee bowls from Crate & Barrel. Really, who does that??? hahahaha

Kristen said...

Marelle, there was a flame picture there.

Marel Lecone said...

OK, everyone, Kristen just informed me that the link in this post is a slide show of the whole process. Please SOMEBODY tell me they missed it also!! That CB is flaming at the end! woohoo