Vanilla-Ginger Crème Brulee

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Vanilla-Ginger Crème Brulee
MC
Meyer Canada

Servings:
4 portions
Prep time:
00:05
Cook time:
01:00
1 Rating
5

By David Bonom and Marge Perry Piquant ginger adds a slightly spicy tickle to the palate in this sophisticated twist on the classic crème brulee.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 2 crystallized ginger, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, chopped
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup plus 8 tsp 1/2 cup plus 8 teaspoons sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. In a medium saucepan, combine the cream, vanilla bean, crystallized ginger, fresh ginger, and salt. Warm over medium heat until the surface begins to shimmer, about 5 minutes, cover, reduce the heat to low and barely simmer 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain into a clean bowl.
  2. Whisk together the egg yolks and 1/2 cup of the sugar until well blended. Slowly pour the warm cream into the egg mixture, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves. Pour the mixture into a large measuring cup.
  3. Place (4) 7-ounce ramekins in a bain-marie.* Carefully pour the milk mixture into the ramekins. Pour enough water to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Place the bain-marie in the oven and bake until almost set in the center (it may still wobble a little in the center but will firm up as it chills) about 26-27 minutes minutes. Remove ramekins from the bain-marie ( Bain-marie simply means water-bath. Use any baking dish, oven-proof pan or casserole that will comfortably hold the ramekins and water.) and cool 20 minutes. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.
  4. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of the remaining sugar evenly over each custard. Working one at a time, move torch in a circular motion about 2-inches above the surface until the sugar melts and browns, about 1-2 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes and serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 hours