Chocolate-bottom crème brûlée

    6 hours 55 min

    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!

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    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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    This was my first time making creme brulee, and it turned out great! Couple things I did. I heated the cream/sugar/salt over a double boiler until hot, but not boiling. I tempered the eggs as stated in the recipe before adding them to the cream mixture. Once I added the egg mixture, I heated again until hot, but not boiling - then strained into a bowl with a pour spout. I used the water bath as suggested, but did not cover them with the foil. I baked for about 45 minutes, as my ramekins were not the short, wide ones - but the narrower, taller ones (I got 5 out of this recipe). I cooled them for about 10 minutes before refrigerating them. I also brought them to room temp (about 40 minutes) before carmelizing the top. I used the broiler, but I think I will invest in a kitchen torch for the next time, as it made the mixture too hot, and I didn't have time to cool them again before serving. The taste was WONDERFUL!  -  18 Jun 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Yummmmm. We made the recipe as-is, and caramelized the sugar in the oven. We thought the creme brulee tasted great (with the vanilla as-is). The chocolate was melty, not hard as a rock for us. Although I'm sure it was hard as a rock after chilling in the fridge, putting it in the oven to caramelize the sugar melted it. The amount of sugar in the recipe was too much for our ramekins, ours did not have that much surface area. I would recommend only using enough sugar to just coat the top.  -  25 Jun 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I made this recipe the other day and it turned out great! Definitely a keeper. Following the advice of others, I only sprinkled enough sugar just to coat the top of each ramekin. I also mixed a teaspoon of milk into the melted chocolate in each ramekin to prevent the chocolate from getting too hard in the refrigerator.  -  11 Sep 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)