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Coconut Creme Brulee

Source: Fine Cooking - Issue 37
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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  25 Hours 10 Minutes
  Serves four
Cornstarch keeps the creme brulee 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 oz.) coconut milk
4 teaspoon fine raw sugar or granulated sugar for caramelizing
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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-oz. 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 min. (start checking at 20 min.). 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 Fine Cooking Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves four
Calories: 493
Fat. Total: 42g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 26g
Sodium: 38mg
% Cal. from Fat: 77%
Cholesterol: 466mg
Protein: 8g
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Rating: 1
by: Brenda, DC Reviewed: 08/03/2009
Tooo Much Time
I would have loved to make this but 25 hours is to long to try and make this.
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