Lemon Crème Brûlée
Lemon Crème Brûlée adds a luscious tang to the rich creamy texture of a classic French crème brûlée. It’s lemon zest that adds the dash of flavor, and with it, a dash of antioxidant goodness too. This dessert is the perfect addition to a special occasion brunch like Mother’s Day or Easter, and a decadent finish to any dinner party.
- 3 cups whipping cream
- 5 teaspoons grated lemon peel from about 2 lemons
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 6 large egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 8 teaspoons brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Place eight 3/4-cup custard cups or ramekins in a large baking dish. Metal is best, and 13” x 9” x 2” should be large enough.
- Add the whipping cream and lemon zest to a heavy saucepan at a medium high setting. Bring to a simmer.
- Measure the sugar into a bowl and add the egg yolks. Stir or whisk together 2 to 3 minutes until the mixture is creamy and thick.
- Begin to pour the hot cream and lemon mixture into the egg yolk mixture little by little, stirring as you go.
- Add vanilla extract and salt.
- When the custard is thoroughly blended, let it stand for about 10 minutes.
- Now, spoon or pour the custard evenly into the ramekins.
- Add enough water to the baking dish to come about halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
- Gently place the baking dish in the oven and bake until the custard is set in the center. It should take just under an hour.
- Remove the ramekins from the hot water and refrigerate until firm, or 3 hours at least.
- Preheat the broiler when you are ready to eat.
- Place the custard ramekins on a baking sheet.
- Force the brown sugar through a small sieve to create an even coating onto each custard dish.
- Broil for about 2 minutes, or until the sugar caramelizes fully and browns.
- Return the ramekins to the fridge for 1 to 2 hours, until the topping has become crispy and hard.
- Serve immediately – do not refrigerate for more than 2 hours for best flavor and texture.
Tip: Top with fresh berries, blackberries, raspberries, and/or blueberries (about 1 pint,) and/or drizzle with 1/4 cup Chambord (black-raspberry liqueur) or crème de cassis (black-currant liqueur,) or other berry infused liqueur. Make Ahead: You can make the custard up to a day ahead of time. Just cover the custard with plastic wrap before you refrigerate.
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