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    Chocolate Crème Brûlée

    Source of Recipe

    From "Cooking for Jeffrey" by Ina Garten

    Recipe Introduction

    "I learned to make crème brûlée from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and Jeffrey loved it. It's an elegant 'nursery' dessert with its luxuriously creamy center and hard caramelized top. My twist on the classic is to add good Swiss chocolate and a hint of coffee to the custard."

    List of Ingredients

    ◦ 1 extra-large egg
    ◦ 4 extra-large egg yolks
    ◦ ½ cup sugar, plus extra for topping
    ◦ 3 cups heavy cream
    ◦ 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, such as Lindt, chopped
    ◦ 1 teaspoon instant espresso granules
    ◦ ¼ cup coffee liqueur, such as Kahlúa
    ◦ 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


    Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Place six (8-ounce) ramekins in a roasting pan large enough to hold them completely flat.

    In a large heatproof bowl, whisk together the egg, egg yolks, and sugar until just combined. Meanwhile, scald the cream in a medium saucepan. Off the heat, add the chocolate and espresso and whisk until the chocolate is melted. Slowly whisk the cream mixture into the egg mixture, then whisk in the coffee liqueur and vanilla. Transfer to a large measuring cup and pour into the prepared ramekins until full.

    Place the pan in the oven and carefully pour enough of the hottest tap water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until the custards are set on the edges but still a little jiggly in the middle when gently shaken. Remove the custards from the water bath, cool to room temperature, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate until firm.

    To serve, spread 1 tablespoon of sugar evenly on each custard. With a kitchen blowtorch held one inch from the surface of the crème, heat the sugar until it caramelizes evenly. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and serve.

    Serves 6

    • Make Ahead:
    The custards can be coked and refrigerated for 3 days; caramelize before serving.




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