Recipes

Gingerbread Creme Brulee

Creme brulee sounds fancy but it’s actually really easy to make.  I decided to make it festive by including classic gingerbread ingredients and dusting the tops with confectioner’s sugar to add a special touch.  I was listening to Christmas songs while making these and now I’m in full force holiday mode.  The best part is cracking the top!

{Before going in the oven}

{I started eating it before letting it set-oops!}

Ingredients

2 cups heavy cream| 1 vanilla bean or 1 tspn vanilla extract| 4 large egg yolks| 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 cup for torching| 1 tblspn molasses| 1 tspn cinnamon| 1/2 tspn ground cloves| 1/2 tspn ginger| 1/2 tspn nutmeg| 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar for dusting

Directions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Heat the cream, vanilla, and spices on low heat (do not boil) for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a mixer, whisk egg yolks on high.  Beat in molasses and sugar.  Add 1/3 of the cream mixture (this is called tempering the eggs) and beat until well blended.  Add another 1/3 until the last 1/3 is completely blended.  Pour custard into ramekins (makes 4 servings).  Place ramekins in a baking pan.  Pour hot water into the pan to go halfway up the sides of the ramekins (this is a water bath).  Bake for 35-40 minutes.  Let the ramekins cool to room temperature and then refrigerate for 2 hours.  When you are ready to serve, coat the top of the ramekins with a thin layer of sugar.  Using a torch (I bought mine at William Sonoma), touch the surface of the sugar until it caramelizes to golden brown.

I bought cookie stencils from Martha Stewart‘s line at Michael’s.  I cut the snowflake stencil to fit into the ramekins.  I dusted the tops with confectioner’s sugar and carefully removed the stencil.  That’s it!