Raspberry and basil créme brûlée

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PREP TIME

10 min

TOTAL TIME

3 hrs 10 min

Makes

6 servings

Raspberry and basil créme brûlée

Raspberry and basil creme brulee Photo, Robert Caruso


Ingredients

  • 1/2 pint raspberries , about 1 cup
  • 6 egg yolks , at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar , divided
  • 2 1/2 cups 35% cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • mini blowtorch

Instructions

  • PREHEAT oven to 300F. Arrange 6 ramekins in a baking dish large enough to hold all of them. Divide raspberries between ramekins. Boil a kettle of water.
  • WHISK egg yolks with 1/2 cup sugar in a large bowl until sugar dissolves and mixture is pale and smooth. Reserve, putting a damp kitchen towel under the bowl to keep it steady. Heat cream with basil, stirring often, in a medium sauce- pan over medium, until it starts to boil, about 5 min. Remove and discard basil. Gradually pour hot cream into egg mixture, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens, about 2 min. Whisk in vanilla. Divide mixture among the ramekins. Pour enough water from the kettle down the side of the baking dish until it comes halfway up the ramekins.
  • BAKE in centre of oven until custard is just set and centres are jiggly, 50 min to 1 hour. Transfer ramekins to a rack and let cool slightly, 10 min. Refrigerate, uncovered, until chilled, at least 2 hours.
  • SPRINKLE the top of each ramekin with about 1 tbsp of remaining sugar. Smooth tops. Caramelize the sugar with the blowtorch by keeping the flame close to the sugar, using a sweeping motion. Melt sugar to a dark amber colour, then let stand until sugar firms up.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 528,
  • Protein
  • 5 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39 g,
  • Fat
  • 40 g,
  • Fibre
  • 2 g,
  • Sodium
  • 43 mg.
  • Excellent source of
  • Vitamin A