Valentines Day is tomorrow and if you are looking for the perfect dessert to give your loved one then I have just the thing! My last minute Crème brûlée is the ideal for finishing any romantic meal or dinner party with friends. Crème brûlée means ‘burnt cream’ in French and although it is considered to be a technical dish, it is actually very easy to make.
I made mine in Crème brûlée serving dishes (hint: buy ready made ones in glass dishes from the supermarket and keep the dishes afterwards or just use normal ramekins/large serving bowl and adjust the cooking time accordingly). To finish my Crème brûlée I used a Refillable Cook’s Blow Torch which Stuart brought me for Christmas but just putting them underneath a hot grill would work too.
- 300ml double cream
- 25ml whole milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 1 vanilla pod, seeds removed and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 egg yolks
- 3 tablespoons of caster sugar plus extra for sprinkling on top
- Preheat oven to 140 degrees C
- In a saucepan, add the cream, milk and 1 tsp of vanilla extract or vanilla pod and seeds (if using) and allow to warm gently on a low heat for a few minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
- In a mixing bowl, add the sugar, egg yolks and 1 tsp of vanilla extract and whisk together until light and frothy.
- Carefully mix together the milk and cream with the egg yolks and sugar. Ensure that the milk/cream mix is not too hot otherwise, you may cause the egg yolks to curdle.
- Divide the mixture between your serving dishes and then cook in the oven in a bain-marie (roasting tin filled with hot water halfway up the serving dishes) for 30 minutes until just set with a slight wobble in the middle.
- Remove from the oven and bain-marie and allow to cool down completely in the fridge for at least an hour or two.
- Sprinkle the top of the Crème brûlée evenly with caster sugar and then blow torch or grill carefully until caramelised. Allow to set for a couple of minutes then serve immediately.
What are you cooking for your loved one this Valentines Day?
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