So onto this week's theme - desserts. I've posted a salted caramel baked cheesecake recipe already this year and with no dinner parties planned, making a tower of meringues to fill with cream & fruit seemed a little excessive (and expensive!). I've never made creme brulee before, despite eating more than my fair share so I was excited to give a recipe a go. Unlike most of the contestants recipes this one does not need the custard to be cooked first, making it perfect for a novice brulee maker! My original flavour pairing of spiced apple & blackberry was scuppered by the distinct lack of berries in the garden, but this white chocolate & raspberry version more than made up for it.
White Chocolate & Raspberry Creme Brulee - Makes 6 individual ramekins
450ml double cream
80g white chocolate chopped
5 medium egg yolks
45g caster sugar
1.5tsp vanilla extract
100g frozen raspberries - I broke mine into small pieces, but you can leave them whole if you prefer
Extra sugar for topping - I used both soft brown sugar & icing sugar, preferring the finish from the brown sugar.
Preheat your oven to 180C/Gas 4
In a medium sized saucepan gently heat the cream and chocolate until the chocolate has all melted, set aside.
In a bowl whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla until pale. Slowly stir in the cream mix and combine with the egg mix. Add the raspberries and fold in. Pour the mix into your ramekin dishes.
Place the ramekins into a large roasting tin and fill with boiling water halfway up the side of your dishes. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until they have a slight wobble but are set. Leave to chill for 1 hour in the fridge.
To finish heat your grill to medium hot. Sprinkle 1 tsp of sugar onto the top of each brulee and spread around. Caramelize for 2-3 minutes. The tops will be extremely hot. Do not touch them with your finger to see if they are melted enough...like me! Leave to harden for 5 minutes and serve immediately.
Un-caramelized brulees can be stored in the fridge for 3 days.
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