Coffee Crème Caramel

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Coffee Crème Caramel

Coffee Crème Caramel

Slow baking in a water bath is the key to creating this creamy, smooth custard made from low-fat milk and eggs. Feel free to use decaffeinated coffee beans if you prefer.

Serves 4

Prep Time 20 min

Total Time 180 min.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 3/4 cups low-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup espresso beans, coarsely ground (see Note)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 large egg white

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325°F. Put a kettle of water on to heat for the water bath.

Step 2

Combine 1/3 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon water in a small heavy saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Cook over medium heat, without stirring, until the caramel turns a deep amber color, 5 to 6 minutes. Immediately divide among four 6-ounce ramekins or custard cups, tilting them to coat the bottom evenly.

Step 3

Combine milk, coffee and the remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring, until steaming hot but not boiling. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Strain through a sieve lined with cheesecloth into a bowl.

Step 4

Whisk eggs and egg white in a large bowl. Slowly whisk in the hot milk mixture. Skim foam from the surface, then ladle the custard into the caramel-lined ramekins. Place the ramekins in a small roasting pan and pour enough boiling water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins.

Step 5

Bake the custards until they appear firm when lightly shaken, about 40 minutes. Remove from the pan and let cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

Step 6

To serve, run a sharp knife around the inside edge of each ramekin. Set a plate upside down on a ramekin; grasping mold and plate together, quickly turn over and jerk downward several times. The crème caramel should fall onto the plate. Scrape any leftover caramel over the custard.


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