Last night I made Cocoa Creme Brulee...
I love Creme Brulee. It's one of those ever-so-simple desserts that always seems to impress me. I love the flavor of a vanilla-infused custard and the crackle of carmalized sugar. It's a "sensory" thing with me. Whenever I'm treated to a Creme Brulee -be it at home or in a restaurant- I'm taken back to that first time I tried it and how amazing I thought it was.
Cocoa Creme Brulee (001)
1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
3/4 Cup Milk (Your choice)
2 T Creme de Cacoa
5 Egg Yolks, slightly beaten
1/3 Cup Sugar
1 t Vanilla
1/8 t Kosher Salt
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
Oven @ 325F
Start by mixing the 1/2 Cup of Gran\Sugar and the 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar together until thoroughly combined. Place in an airtight container and set aside. (This is your "Brulee Sugar" and will be used to top the custards. This makes enough for three or four trips down Brulee Lane...)
In a small sauce pan, heat the heavy whipping cream, the milk and the cacoa over medium heat until it just comes to a simmer.
Meanwhile, beat egg yolks, 1/3 cup sugar, vanilla and salt until just combined. Temper the eggs slowly by adding small portions of the hot cream while whisking vigorously. Once all the cream has been added, pour the cream\egg mix into 4 or 6 ramekins that are resting in a baking dish. Pour enough boiling water into the pan so as to come halfway up the ramekins. (I can't stress enough how important a water bath is here. It's, literally, the difference between creamy and curdled.)
Bake for 35 minutes. Once done baking, allow to cool completely then chill in the refridgerator overnight.
When ready for service, use a Tablespoon of the Brulee Sugar to cover the custard and then torch them sum bitches.
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