Crème brûlée is one of Stefen’s favorite desserts, so of course it is made in our home way more than it probably should be. It’s also not all that difficult to make. If you’ve never made crème brûlée before don’t be intimidated by it’s fancy french name which translates to “burnt cream”. I have made crème brûlée many times but just recently started experimenting with different recipes and variations. Since we love coffee like it’s our third child, it’s always on my mind, and now in our crème brûlée (I would never put my other two kids in the…) Anyways, here’s that recipe I made for you. Enjoy.
Coffee Crème Brûlée
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 min. Cook Time: 30 min. Cool Time: 4+ hours
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons coarse ground coffee, I use this
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 4 egg yolks
- 5 tablespoons pure maple syrup, or 6 tablespoons sugar
- boiling water
- 4 teaspoons sugar (for topping)
- Preheat oven to 325.
- Pour heavy cream, coffee, and vanilla in medium sized pot on low/ medium heat. Bring to a slow boil.
- Once it starts to boil and small, foamy bubbles appear remove from heat immediately and let sit for 10 minutes.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, beat eggs and maple syrup together.
- Slowly pour and stir the cream into the egg mixture. Start with a few tablespoons at first. If you pour the cream in too fast you will cook the eggs.
- Strain through fine sieve.
- Remove bubbles from top with a spoon.
- Pour into four small ramekins.
- In a 9×13 glass pan, lay a kitchen towel in the bottom and put the ramekins on top.
- Pour boiling water in pan about half way up ramekins.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and take ramekins out of pan. Let cool on counter for 30 minutes and then place in fridge for a few hours or till ready to eat.
- When ready to eat, sprinkle one teaspoon of sugar over each dish. You can either place them on a baking sheet and broil until sugar is brown and caramelized (approx. 1-2 minutes) OR invest in a butane torch which brings your crème brûlée making skills to a whole other level, and it’s just fun to use.
I usually make this during the day when I’m bored and waiting for Stefen to get home. Since it makes 4 servings we each have one and then save the other two for another night, a later night, or just later that same night…
Let me know if you tried this and what you think!