Dark Roast Creme Brulee

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Dark Roast Creme Brulee

Dark Roast Creme Brulee

Inspired by a recipe developed by Chef Patrick Grangien at Cafe Shelburne in Shelburne, Vermont, this lightened version has less than half the calories and one-eighth the fat of a classic brulee.

Serves 6

Prep Time 30 min

Total Time 270 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dark-roast coffee beans, (see Tip)
  • 2 1/2 cups 1% milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup nonfat sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoon granulated sugar

Cooking Directions

Step 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.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 325°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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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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