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Creamy, vanilla bean custard with a crisp, caramelized sugar top. This Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee is a beautiful, delectable dessert!
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Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee

Creamy, vanilla bean custard with a crisp, caramelized sugar top. This Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee is a beautiful, delectable dessert!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Cooling Time4 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar plus 4 teaspoons sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a small pot over low heat, stir together whipping cream and salt. Heat until very warm, but not boiling. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla bean paste.
  • Use electric mixer to beat egg yolks and 1/4 cup of sugar until lightened, about 4 minutes.
  • With mixer on low speed, VERY slow pour heated cream into eggs.
  • Divide mixture evenly among four 5-6 ounce sized shallow ramekins.
  • Place ramekins in an oven safe baking dish. Fill dish with warm water until water is about halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until custard is set but center just barely jiggles. NOTE: Baking time will vary depending on shape/depth of ramekins.
  • Remove ramekins from water and let cool for about 30 minutes at room temperature. Then transfer ramekins to refrigerator for at least 3-4 hours.
  • Before serving, remove ramekins from refrigerator and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar evenly over the top of each custard.
  • To caramelize the sugar, you can use a blow torch, or place the ramekins on the top rack of your oven on broil.