GINGERBREAD CRèME BRûLéE RECIPE BY TASTY
Rich, creamy custard meets some of your favorite holiday flavors-cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg-in this festive twist on a classic dessert. When ready to serve, set a 3-inch gingerbread man cut-out on top of each crème brûlée and dust with powdered sugar, then remove to reveal a deliciously perfect design.
Provided by Betsy Carter
Yield 6 servings
Number Of Ingredients 16
- Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C).
- Add the cream, cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice, black pepper, nutmeg, and ginger to a medium pot and whisk to combine. Turn the heat to medium-low and bring to just below a boil, about 200°F (95°C), about 10 minutes. The cream should start to bubble around the edges of the pan. Remove the pot from the heat, cover, and steep the spices for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, add the egg yolks, 6 tablespoons granulated sugar, the brown sugar, and molasses to a large bowl. Whisk until the sugar dissolves. The mixture will be a golden honey color and should fall off the whisk in ribbons.
- Set a fine-mesh sieve over a 4-cup liquid measuring cup or medium bowl and strain the cream mixture to remove the solids.
- Slowly pour the strained cream into the egg yolk mixture, adding only a little at first to temper the eggs, whisking continuously until well incorporated. Use a spoon to skim any excess foam that may have accumulated on the surface.
- Line a high-walled baking dish with a small dish towel or 1-2 paper towels to prevent the ramekins from sliding in the dish. Set 6 6-ounce ramekins in the dish. Ladle the custard into each ramekin, filling almost completely.
- Carefully pour enough boiling water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins, taking care not to splash any water into the custard.
- Transfer the baking dish to the oven. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until the custard is set around the edges of the ramekins but still jiggles in the center when shaken. The custard will continue to set as it cools.
- Remove the baking dish from the oven and let the custards cool in the water bath until safe to handle, about 20 minutes. Transfer the custards to the refrigerator to set completely, at least 4 hours, or overnight.
- Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar over the surface of each custard. Using a blow torch, caramelize the sugar until golden brown and hardened (it is okay if it darkens more in some areas). (Alternatively, set the ramekins on a baking sheet and broil on high for 3-4 minutes, until the sugar is golden brown and hardened.) Let the crème brûlées cool for 10 minutes.
- Set a 3-inch gingerbread man parchment paper cut-out on top of a crème brûlée and dust with powdered sugar. Remove the cutter and repeat with the remaining crème brûlées. Serve immediately after dusting.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 780 calories, Carbohydrate 33 grams, Fat 76 grams, Fiber 0 grams, Protein 14 grams, Sugar 31 grams
GINGERED CRèME BRûLéE
- Heat oven to 250°F.
- Pour half & half, whipping cream and ginger into heavy 2-quart saucepan. Cook over low heat 30 minutes. Remove ginger.
- Beat 1/2 cup sugar and eggs in bowl until sugar dissolves and mixture is slightly thickened. Slowly add whipping cream mixture, mixing well after each addition.
- Place 8 (4-ounce) ungreased ramekins or custard cups into baking pan. Divide mixture evenly among ramekins. Place baking pan on oven rack; pour boiling water into baking pan to 1/2-inch depth. Bake 1-1 1/2 hours or until custards are just set around edges. Remove from water; cool to room temperature. Cover; refrigerate 8 hours or overnight until thoroughly chilled.
- Heat broiler. Just before serving, sprinkle top of each custard evenly with 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Place ramekins on baking pan. Broil 3 to 4 inches from heat just 1-2 minutes or until sugar caramelizes. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 350 calories, Fat 28 grams, SaturatedFat grams, Transfat grams, Cholesterol 200 milligrams, Sodium 65 milligrams, Carbohydrate 20 grams, Fiber
- 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. Stir cream into the egg yolk mixture; beat until combined.
- Pour cream mixture into the top pan of a double boiler. Stir over simmering water until mixture lightly coats the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes. Remove mixture from heat immediately and pour into a shallow heat-proof dish.
- Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
- Preheat oven to broil.
- In a small bowl combine remaining 2 tablespoons white sugar and brown sugar. Sift this mixture 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.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 561.4 calories, Carbohydrate 24 g, Cholesterol 416.7 mg, Fat 50.1 g, Protein 5.8 g, SaturatedFat 29.3 g, Sodium 55.3 mg, Sugar 20.4 g
GINGER CRèME BRûLéE
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine cream and ginger in heavy medium saucepan. Bring to simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat; let stand 20 minutes. Strain cream into small bowl, pressing on solids in sieve. Whisk yolks and 1 cup sugar in medium bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in warm cream. Divide custard among eight 3/4-cup ramekins or custard cups. Place ramekins in large roasting pan. Pour enough warm water into pan to come halfway up sides of ramekins.
- Bake custards just until set in center when pan is gently shaken, about 45 minutes. Remove custards from water bath; chill uncovered until cold, at least 3 hours. Cover and chill overnight.
- Preheat broiler. Place custards on baking sheet. Sprinkle each with 1/2 teaspoon of remaining sugar. Broil until sugar melts and caramelizes, turning sheet for even browning, about 1 minute. Refrigerate custards until topping is cold and brittle, about 1 hour and up to 2 hours. Garnish custards with strawberries and mint and serve.
GINGER AND VANILLA BEAN CRèME BRûLéE
- Make custard:
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Place three 4-inch-diameter fluted flan dishes* in each of two 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pans or place six 3/4-cup ramekins in 1 pan. Mix cream, sugar and ginger in heavy medium saucepan. Using small sharp knife, scrape seeds from vanilla bean. Add seeds and bean to saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to simmer. Cover pan, reduce heat to very low and simmer gently 10 minutes to infuse flavors. Strain into large measuring cup.
- Whisk yolks in medium bowl until well blended. Gradually whisk in hot cream mixture just to blend. Return custard to measuring cup; divide among dishes. Pour enough hot water into pans to come halfway up sides of dishes. Carefully transfer pans to oven.
- Bake custards until almost set in center when pans are gently shaken, about 30 minutes for fluted flan dishes and 35 minutes for ramekins. Using metal spatula, transfer custards in dishes to work surface; cool 30 minutes. Chill at least 3 hours and up to 2 days.
- Make Crème Brûlée:
- Sprinkle 2 teaspoons sugar evenly over each custard. Working with 1 custard at a time, hold blowtorch** so that flame is 2 inches above surface. Direct flame so that sugar melts and browns, about 2 minutes.
- Refrigerate until custards are firm again but topping is still brittle, at least 2 hours but no longer than 4 hours so that topping doesn't soften. Garnish crème brûlées with fruit.
- *Four-inch-diameter fluted clear glass flan dishes are available at cookware stores and many hardware stores. They are about 2/3 inch deep and hold about 1/2 cup liquid.
- **Available at some cookware stores.
GINGER CREME BRULEE
- Mix egg yolks, eggs and 6 ounces of sugar until combined. Heat the cream to scalding, add ginger and gradually pour into egg mixture, stirring constantly. Add vanilla and salt.
- Using creme brulee molds or another baking ramekin evenly distribute mixture. Place in a shallow baking dish and fill dish half way up with water, creating a water bath.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 30 minutes or until set. Sprinkle granulated sugar on top of molds after they have cooled. Place molds under broiler to caramelize sugar. Garnish with mint leaves.
GINGERED CRèME BRûLéE
- Put the cream, sugar, and ginger in a pan and bring to the boil, then remove from the heat and leave to infuse overnight.
- The next day, whisk the egg yolks together in a bowl. Bring the cream mixture back to the boil and whisk it into the yolks. Strain through a fine sieve, then divide between 4 ramekins or other small dishes. Place on a baking sheet and bake in an oven preheated to 160°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3 for about 35 minutes, until set.
- Shortly before serving, sprinkle the Demerara sugar over the crème brûlées and then caramelize with a blowtorch. Leave for a few minutes until the sugar hardens, then garnish with the raspberries and mint sprigs.
THE BEST CREME BRULEE
We wanted a rich and creamy custard that wasn't too sweet, so we could fully enjoy the signature crunchy layer of caramelized sugar on top. By only using egg yolks, we achieved a soft and creamy texture. We tried using milk and half-and-half but, in the end, we landed with heavy cream for its richness. Whole vanilla beans give a more intense, pure vanilla flavor that you can't get from extract. We also like seeing the vanilla seeds flecked throughout the custard.
Provided by Food Network Kitchen
Yield 4 servings
Number Of Ingredients 5
- Arrange a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 300 degrees F. Line a large heavy roasting pan (a turkey roasting pan works great) with a clean kitchen towel and place 4 six-ounce ramekins on top of the towel spaced a few inches apart.
- Heat the cream in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Using the back of a paring knife, scrape the vanilla seeds from both halves of the pod. Add the seeds and pod to the cream. Whisk in the salt and 3 tablespoons of the sugar and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat.
- Vigorously whisk the yolks and 3 more tablespoons of the sugar in a large bowl until pale yellow and very thick and creamy, about 2 minutes. Alternatively, you can use an electric mixer on high speed and beat until pale yellow and very thick and creamy, about 1 minute.
- Whisking the yolks constantly, add a couple of teaspoons at a time from 1 cup of the hot cream, then increase to a steady stream until the cream is fully incorporated. (Don't pour too much hot cream at once or you'll end up with scrambled eggs.) The yolks are now tempered. Whisk the tempered yolks back into the remaining hot cream until combined. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a large measuring cup or medium pitcher for easier pouring; discard the vanilla pods.
- Skim the foam off the top of the custard by placing a clean paper towel on top and lightly pressing down so it touches the surface and absorbs some of the liquid. This will make for a completely smooth and silky custard. Fill the ramekins with the custard, about 3/4 cup per ramekin.
- Carefully pour boiling water into the roasting pan halfway up the sides of the ramekins without getting any water in the custard. Cover the pan tightly with foil and bake until the custard is set around the edges but still has a slight jiggle in the center, 35 to 45 minutes. Carefully remove the roasting pan from the oven and transfer the ramekins to a wire rack to cool for 30 minutes. Then refrigerate until very cold, about 3 hours.
- Just before serving, evenly spread 1 tablespoon of the sugar over the top of a custard. Hold a kitchen torch 2 inches above the surface. Starting in the center of the ramekin, move the flame in a circular motion and work your way out to the edges to caramelize the sugar. Repeat with the remaining sugar and custards.
- Alternatively, arrange a rack in the top position of the oven and heat the broiler on high. Place the ramekins on a rack set inside a baking sheet and broil until deep golden brown, 15 to 60 seconds, checking every 10 seconds.
- Freeze the custards for 5 minutes before serving (see Cook's Note).
ULTIMATE CRèME BRûLéE
With a rich, creamy vanilla custard and crunchy, caramelised topping, our crème brûlée makes the ultimate indulgent dessert. Follow our professional tips for mastering this classic French sweet
Provided by Angela Nilsen
Categories Dessert, Dinner
Number Of Ingredients 5
- Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Sit four 175ml ramekins in a deep roasting tin at least 7.5cm deep (or a large deep cake tin), one that will enable a baking tray to sit well above the ramekins when laid across the top of the tin.
- Pour the large and small cartons of double cream into a medium pan with the milk.
- Lay the vanilla pod on a board and slice lengthways through the middle with a sharp knife to split it in two. Use the tip of the knife to scrape out all the tiny seeds into the cream mixture. Drop the vanilla pod in as well, and set aside.
- Put the egg yolks and sugar in a mixing bowl and whisk for 1 min with an electric hand whisk until paler in colour and a bit fluffy.
- Put the pan with the cream on a medium heat and bring almost to the boil. As soon as you see bubbles appear round the edge, take the pan off the heat.
- Pour the hot cream into the beaten egg yolks, stirring with a wire whisk as you do so, and scraping out the seeds from the pan.
- Set a fine sieve over a large wide jug or bowl and pour the hot mixture through to strain it, encouraging any stray vanilla seeds through at the end.
- Using a big spoon, scoop off all the pale foam that is sitting on the top of the liquid (this will be several spoonfuls) and discard. Give the mixture a stir.
- Pour in enough hot water (from the tap) into the roasting tin to come about 1.5cm up the sides of the ramekins. Pour the hot cream into the ramekins so you fill them up right to the top - it's easier to spoon in the last little bit.
- Put them in the oven and lay a baking sheet over the top of the tin so it sits well above the ramekins and completely covers them, but not the whole tin, leaving a small gap at one side to allow air to circulate.
- Bake for 30-35 mins until the mixture is softly set. To check, gently sway the roasting tin and if the crème brûlées are ready, they will wobble a bit like a jelly in the middle. Don't let them get too firm.
- Lift the ramekins out of the roasting tin with oven gloves and set them on a wire rack to cool for a couple of minutes only, then put in the fridge to cool completely. This can be done overnight without affecting the texture.
- When ready to serve, wipe round the top edge of the dishes, sprinkle 1½ tsp of caster sugar over each ramekin and spread it out with the back of a spoon to completely cover.
- Spray with a little water using a fine spray (the sort you buy in a craft shop) to just dampen the sugar - then use a blow torch to caramelise it. Hold the flame just above the sugar and keep moving it round and round until caramelised. Serve when the brûlée is firm, or within an hour or two.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 620 calories, Fat 59 grams fat, SaturatedFat 34 grams saturated fat, Carbohydrate 17 grams carbohydrates, Sugar 13 grams sugar, Protein 6 grams protein, Sodium 0.01 milligram of sodium
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What are the ingredients in Creme Brulee?Creme Brulee - Ingredients 1 6 egg yolks. 2 6 tablespoons white sugar, divided. 3 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. 4 2 1/2 cups heavy cream. 5 2 tablespoons brown sugar.
How do you make a ginger and egg cake?Mix egg yolks, eggs and 6 ounces of sugar until combined. Heat the cream to scalding, add ginger and gradually pour into egg mixture, stirring constantly. Add vanilla and salt. Using creme brulee molds or another baking ramekin evenly distribute mixture. Place in a shallow baking dish and fill dish half way up with water, creating a water bath.
How do you cook Creme brûlée?Use a blow torch to melt and caramelise the sugar. Grill / broiler method: Creme brûlée should be refrigerated overnight. Preheat grill to high. Place creme brûlée under grill for 1 minute or until sugar is melted and caramelised. Refrigerate for at leas 20 minutes, up to 1 hour, then serve.
What do you use instead of granulated sugar in Creme brûlée?I also used vanilla sugar instead of regular granulated sugar, and omitted the espresso because I didn’t have any on hand. Rave reviews from my husband. If you are intimidated by creme brûlée, just make this recipe, you won’t regret it!