Vanilla Crème Brûlée
Category: Desserts
Cuisine Type French



2 cups heavy or light cream (or half-and-half)
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
5 egg yolks
1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus more for topping

Vanilla Crème Brûlée Directions

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. In a saucepan, combine cream, vanilla bean and salt; cook over low heat just until hot. Let sit for a few minutes, then discard vanilla bean. (If using vanilla extract, add it now.)
  2. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until centers are barely set. Cool completely. Refrigerate for several hours and up to a couple of days.
  3. When ready to serve, top each custard with about a teaspoon of sugar in a thin layer.
  4. Place ramekins in a broiler 2 to 3 inches from heat source. Turn on broiler. Cook until sugar melts and browns or even blackens a bit, about 5 minutes. Serve within 2 hours.

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