Cornstarch keeps the crème brûlée from separating, allowing you to make the custard up to two days before serving it. This dessert is wonderful served with a compote of starfruit, papaya, pineapple and strawberries.
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 8 large egg yolks
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 can (13 1/2 to 14 ounces) coconut milk
- 4 teaspoons fine raw sugar or granulated sugar for caramelizing
Heat the oven to 300 degrees F. Sift the sugar and cornstarch together into a medium bowl. Whisk in the egg yolks. Whisk in the cream and coconut milk until blended. Pour the mixture through a fine strainer and into a large measuring cup with a pouring spout.
Set four 6-ounce ramekins in a deep baking dish or roasting pan. Divide the custard evenly among the ramekins. Set the pan on the middle rack of the oven. Carefully pour hot water into the pan until it comes halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake for 30 minutes and then tent the pan loosely with foil (if it's tight, the custard will curdle) and bake until the centers of the custard shudder gently when the ramekins are tapped, another 25 minutes (start checking at 20 minutes). Remove the pan from the oven. Remove the ramekins from the water bath and cool slightly before refrigerating several hours or overnight.
Just before serving, sprinkle each custard with a thin layer of fine sugar, about 1 teaspoon per custard. Caramelize the sugar by using either of the methods described below.
FOR THE TORCH METHOD: Use a slow, sweeping motion to guide the flame directly on the surface of the custard; the nozzle should be 2 to 3 inches from the surface so the flame just licks the sugar. The topping is done when the entire surface is a glossy brown.
FOR THE BROILER METHOD: Position the oven rack so the custards will be 2 to 3 inches from the broiler, and heat the broiler. Return the ramekins to the baking dish. Fill the dish with ice water almost to the top of the custards. Position the pan under the heat source. The sugar should begin to caramelize in 3 to 4 minutes; watch carefully so they don't burn.
Recipe reprinted by permission of <I>Fine Cooking<. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
493 calories; 42g total fat; 466mg cholesterol; 38mg sodium; 26g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 8g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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