Feb. 14, 2012: Genius cinnamon-scented creme brulee
Michael P. Clive
Published Friday, February 17, 2012 3:33PM EST
Genius Cinnamon Scented Creme Brulee
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 5 tablespoons for topping
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- Hot water
1. In a large microwaveable mixing bowl, microwave cream and cinnamon sticks together uncovered for 2 minutes at power 10. Meanwhile, whisk together egg yolks, 1/4 cup sugar and vanilla extract in a separate large mixing bowl until combined. Whisking constantly, pour heated cream in a thin stream down the side of the bowl of egg mixture.
2. Once combined, divide custard among four 1/2-cup ramekins (or any ovenproof or microwaveable container, like a mug). Place custards in a shallow microwaveable dish, making sure they don't touch one another. Pour hot water between the ramekins until it reaches two-thirds of the way up the sides. Microwave at power 6 until centre of custards is just set, about 4-5 minutes.
3. Remove from the microwave and let completely cool in the water. When cool, refrigerate covered for at least 1 hour. Once custards have rested, heat oven to broil and, once heated, sprinkle 4 teaspoons of sugar on each custard. Place custards under broiler for about 3-4 minutes, or until the tops are caramelized and golden brown; watch carefully to avoid burning. Remove from oven and serve.