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Tahitian Vanilla Bean and Key Lime Creme Brulee

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Active Time:  20 Minutes
Total Time:  4 Hours 10 Minutes
  Makes 6
White chocolate enhances the creaminess of the custard and balances the sweet and tart flavors. Due to the high amount of chocolate, if over-baked, the custard will have a denser consistency but remain smooth and luscious.
3 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup plus 6 teaspoons sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
7 ounces imported white chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
7 large egg yolks
4 teaspoons minced grated lime peel
Garnish: lime peel or fresh mint sprigs
Tahitian Vanilla Bean and Key Lime Creme Brulee Recipe at
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place cream and 1/4 cup sugar in medium saucepan over medium heat. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; add bean. Bring to simmer stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and whisk until smooth. Stir in lime juice. Remove bean.

Beat egg yolks and lime peel in medium bowl until smooth. Gradually whisk in hot cream mixture. Divide among six 6-ounce ramekins or souffle cups. Place cups in large baking pan. Pour in enough hot water to come half way up sides of cups.

Bake until just edges are set and 90% of custard jiggles but is not too fluid, about 35 minutes. Remove from water bath and let cool at room temperature. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.

Sprinkle 1 teaspoon sugar evenly over each custard. Use torch to melt and caramelize sugar, or broil about 2 minutes, watching carefully and rotating cups. Let stand until sugar hardens or chill 15 minutes to 2 hours. Garnish if desired.

NOTE: If using heart-shaped molds reduce cooking time to 15 minutes and sprinkle each with 2-3 teaspoons of sugar and caramelize.

Recipe created exclusively for by Lane Crowther.

Recipe reprinted by permission of . All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes 6
Calories: 715
Fat. Total: 61g
Protein: 8g
Carbohydrates, Total: 37g
Sodium: 83mg
% Cal. from Fat: 77%
Cholesterol: 418mg
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Rating: 3
by: Jeff Reviewed: 03/31/2013
A Bit Disaapointing
I've made a number of Creme Brûlées before and I was really looking forward to this one. Given the ingredients I was expecting a fair amount of flavor.
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