Real Custard w/ Real Vanilla Bean Essence
Servings: 6 (4-oz) ramekins | Prep Time: 20 mins | Cook Time: 40-45 mins
How to make rich, velvety, crazy good creme brulee. Creme brulee is gently baked custard topped with a caramelized sugar crust. It uses real simple ingredients: Real egg yolks, real cream, real sugar and real vanilla bean. Some recipes call for vanilla extract but we don't want you doing that. Steeping cream with real vanilla bean and seeds is a simple enough act that exceedingly enhances the flavor of creme brulee, taking it to the next level. It's the difference between good and exquisite. If you're going to take the time to make it at home, make it worth the effort and make it worth the calories!
After baking, chill the creme brulee ramekins. Just before serving, top with raw sugar then torch it to form a thin even crust of brittle, caramelized sugar. Crack the caramelized crust with a spoon to get to the gooey goodness underneath. The consistency is a rich creamy lightly set custard that melts in your mouth and has amazing vanilla essence. If you've tried creme brulee that has the mouth feel of instant pudding, you haven't had real creme brulee. Most likely some other thickening agent was used, like gelatin or cornstarch, to thicken and set the custard more quickly.
Here is an easy recipe for an divine dessert. Serve with fresh ripe raspberries, sliced strawberries, or other sweet fleshy fruit or mint.