Ingredients for 10 ramekins of Vanilla Creme Brulee:
1 litre table cream,
3 oz. whole milk,
16 egg yolks,
250 gr. sugar (1 cup),
half vanilla bean,
1 oz. natural vanilla extract.
Recipe: Bring the cream and milk to a boil with the vanilla bean inside. As soon as it starts boiling, remove from heat and let cool down to 36 C. In the mean time, whip the egg yolks with the sugar and the vanilla essence until creamy but still liquid. Pour slowly the yolk mixture in the cream while whisking. Pour the ready mixture in 10 ramekin cups and place them in a hotel pan. Fill the pan with hot water to the middle of the ramekins, cover with aluminum foil and place it in a preheated oven at 350 F. Leave a small hole in the foil. After about 35 minutes start checking every 5 minutes or so. When the crème brulee is set, it is ready. It may look a little bit wobbly in the middle, but it should be ready.
Keep in mind that you can't safely leave it to cook for a little while longer, because you can end up with sweet and expensive scrambled eggs instead of creme brulee. Refrigerate the desserts until completely cold. Before serving sprinkle lightly with sugar and burn the top. If you don't have a pastry torch you can caramelize sugar in a pan and spoon a thin layer on top of the crème brulee. Cooking tip: You can add a shot of liqueur in the creme brulee mixture, if desired. Suitable liqueurs are all nut-flavored liqueurs such as Frangelico (hazelnut), Disaronno (almond), even Sambucca (star anise).
About the author: George Krumov is a Red Seal certified chef with many years of culinary experience working around the world in Europe, the Middle East, the cruise line industry and North America. In the last two decades he has headed the kitchens of several restaurants in Canada, and ran his own restaurant.