Crème Brûlée with Raspberries

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Preparation info

  • Makes

    6

    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

A World in My Kitchen

A World in My Kitchen

By Peter Gordon

Published 2003

  • About

I really enjoy the simplicity of a crème brûlée but the addition in this version of some tart raspberries gives a sexy twist.

Ingredients

  • 900 ml (1 ½ pints) cream
  • 200 g (6 ½ oz) caster sugar
  • ½ vanilla bean, split lengthways, seeds scraped out
  • 9 egg yolks
  • 24 raspberries
  • 125 g (4 oz) demerara sugar

    Method

    Preheat oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3. Make a bain-marie by placing a roasting dish on a shelf in the middle of the oven and pouring in boiling water to a depth of 3 cm (1 ¼ in). You’ll need six 1 cup ceramic ramekins for this recipe.

    Place cream, half the caster sugar and vanilla bean in a saucepan and bring gently to the boil. Remove from heat, cover and leave to sit for 10 minutes.

    Lightly whisk yolks with remaining sugar. Gradually add hot cream, whisking well, then pour through a sieve into a clean jug.

    Put four raspberries in the base of each ramekin and pour on the cream mixture. Place ramekins in the bain-marie and bake for 30–45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. If you notice that the crèmes are bubbling in their dishes, the oven is too hot, so open the door and pour half a cup of very cold water into the bain-marie to cool it down a little.

    Once cooked, turn the oven off and very carefully take the bain-marie from the oven (the roasting dish is full of very hot water, so be careful). Remove ramekins from the bain-marie and cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Refrigerate, covered, for 4 or more hours until they have set firm.

    Just before serving, sprinkle demerara sugar in a thin layer on top of each brûlée. Place under a very hot grill, or use a cook’s blowtorch, until a thin layer of caramel forms. Keep an eye on them as they will go from sugar to burnt toffee quite quickly. Stand 1 minute before serving, as the toffee will burn your lips.

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