Three Brother’s Eggs Crème Brulee
This recipe is traditional in preparation and flavor. I prefer crème brulee this way, with no added flavors or additional ingredients. Recently I served crème brulee using this recipe at a Redlands Conservancy fundraiser. As usual, it was well received.
I suggest local, farm fresh eggs from Three Brother’s Eggs Farm. You can purchase these wonderful food-safe eggs on Saturday mornings at Grove School Farmer’s Market.
To caramelize the sugar on top of the crème brulee, purchase an ‘industrial strength’ torch from Home Depot or Lowes. Don’t bother buying the smaller versions available at cooking supply stores, I find they aren’t made as well and take much more time and effort to use.
2 cups heavy cream
½ tsp vanilla extract
8 large eggs ½ cup sugar
extra sugar for caramelized topping
Preheat oven to 275F.
Begin by heating heavy cream on stovetop until simmering, hot but not boiling. Watch cream closely to avoid scorching the milk. Separate the eggs from yolks in two separate bowls. Add the sugar to egg yolks and whisk until smooth. The kitchen-aid stand up mixture, with a whisk attachment, works well for this step.
Pour about 1/3 of hot cream into bowl with yolks, whisk very gently. Be sure to add hot cream slowly to yolks, this is temper the yolks so they don’t over cook. Slowly pour the remaining cream and whisk the mixture gently again while being careful not to create many air bubbles. Strain the mixture. Add vanilla extract. Pour into individual ramekins, place ramekins in water bath. Use a casserole dish or roasting pan to create water bath. Pour boiling water in roasting pan to reach about halfway on the sides of each ramekin.
Place ramekins in water bath in preheated oven, bake for approximately ½ hour. When crème brulee is done, each should jiggle a bit like jello. Allow to cool for several hours, store uncovered in refrigerator after cooled.
As the final step, just before serving, spread an even layer of sugar over the top of each crème brulee. Use torch to brown sugar.