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Lemon Crème Brûlée

Lemon Crème Brûlée imperial


Lemon Creme Brulee


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Arrange 8 ramekins in a large baking dish or roasting pan.
  3. In saucepan combine heavy cream, sugar, lemon zest, and salt. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl whisk egg yolks together until smooth and uniform in color.
  5. Slowly whisk about 1 cup of cream mixture into yolks until combined. Repeat with 1 more cup of cream. Add rest of cream, and mix until smooth and well blended.
  6. Mix in vanilla and lemon extract.
  7. Strain cream mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl. Discard any solids in strainer.
  8. Divide mixture evenly into 8 ramekins. Set baking dish in center of your oven.
  9. Pour boiling water into dish, about 2/3rd of way up ramekins while being careful not to get any water in cream mixture.
  10. Bake for 30-35 minutes, depending on size and depth of your ramekins. Centers should just barely be set, almost like Jello. A thermometer should read 180°F.
  11. Remove from oven and transfer ramekins to a wire rack to cool for 2 hours. Cover and set in a refrigerator until cold, 4-6 hours.
  12. To serve, sprinkle about 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar over custard. Rotate to evenly distribute sugar. Ignite torch and caramelize sugar.
  13. Re-chill for 20-30 minutes before serving.
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Recipe developed for Imperial Sugar by Erin Sellin @Dinners, Dishes & Desserts.