Chocolate-bottom crème brûlée

Chocolate-bottom crème brûlée


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About this recipe: A classic crème brûlée with a sinful touch - the bottom and sides of the ramekins are coated with melted chocolate! Perfect for that special dinner, but easy enough to make anytime!


Serves: 4 

  • 85g plain chocolate, chopped
  • 475ml double cream
  • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 4 tablespoons caster sugar

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Extra time:6hr chilling  ›  Ready in:6hr55min 

  1. Preheat the oven to 150 C / Gas 2.
  2. Place about 2 tablespoons of the chocolate into each of four 175g (6 oz) ramekins. Place them in the microwave, and heat on full power for 30 second intervals. Stir, and continue heating until chocolate has melted. Spread to cover the sides and bottom of each ramekin.
  3. Put a full kettle on to boil.
  4. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, whisk together the cream, 4 tablespoons sugar and salt. Set over medium heat, and warm until steam rises from the surface. Then in a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and vanilla. When the cream is hot, ladle a little bit into the egg yolks while whisking quickly. Ladle in a bit more to bring the yolks up to a high temperature without scrambling them. Whisk the yolk mixture into the rest of the cream. Ladle into the chocolate lined ramekins.
  5. Place a tea towel in the bottom of a baking dish, and place the filled ramekins on top of the towel. Place in the oven, and pour boiling water carefully into the baking dish until it comes half way up the sides of the ramekins. Cover the dish loosely with aluminium foil.
  6. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, just until the custard is set. Remove ramekins from the dish, and refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours.
  7. Before serving, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar over the top of each creme brulee. Use a kitchen torch or your oven's grill to caramelise the sugar. It may take 2 to 3 minutes in the grill. Serve immediately.

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