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Dark Roast Creme Brulee
Source: Eating Well

Tips: In Step 1, heat the milk with 5 teaspoons instant coffee granules and continue with the recipe (it doesn't need to steep).Cracking the caramel crust and scooping up the rich, creamy custard of a creme brulee is a pleasure usually reserved for a special night out at a restaurant. The most efficient way to caramelize the custards is to use a torch; special creme brulee torches that use butane fuel are available at cookware stores and in catalogs. If you do not have a torch, follow our alternative method below. (If making the caramel crust seems like too much trouble, just skip it and call your dessert a pot de creme; decorate with a few chocolate-covered espresso beans.) No-Torch Crust Method: Caramelize the sugar in a saucepan and pour it ove

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 270 minutes
Difficulty: Difficult

Nutrition Facts

Makes 6 servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 0.0
Total Carbs 0.0 g
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
Sugars 0.0 g
Total Fat 0.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Potassium 0.0 mg
Protein 0.0 g
Sodium 0.0 mg
Dietary Exchanges
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Note: One or more ingredients from this recipe are not included in the nutritional analysis above. Either the ingredient is missing from our database or is listed as "optional" in the recipe.
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Dark Roast Creme Brulee
1 tbsp  cornstarch
1 tsp  vanilla extract
  1. Place coffee beans in a ziplock bag and crush with a rolling pin. Transfer to a medium saucepan, add milk and heat until steaming and tiny bubbles form around the edges of the pan. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 325&%176;F. Bring a kettle of water to a boil for the water bath. Line a roasting pan with a folded kitchen towel. Place six 6-ounce (3/4-cup) custard cups or ramekins in the pan.
  3. Pour the coffee milk through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a medium bowl. Whisk egg yolks, condensed milk, cornstarch and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth. Gently whisk in the milk. Skim foam. Divide the mixture among the custard cups. Skim any remaining foam.
  4. Pour enough boiling water into the roasting pan to come halfway up the outsides of the custard cups. Cover custards with parchment paper, then loosely with foil. Bake until the edges are set but the centers still quiver, 40 to 50 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 30 minutes. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, at least 3 hours or for up to 2 days.
  5. Just before serving, sprinkle 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar evenly over one custard. Using the flame of a butane torch, start at the edges and move toward the center until the sugar melts and becomes caramelized. (If you do not have a butane torch, see the No-Torch Crust Method, below.) Sprinkle with another 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar and repeat to make a thicker layer of caramel. Repeat with the remaining custards and sugar. Let stand until the caramel hardens, 3 to 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

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