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Paul Bocuse's Creme Brulee
    Paul Bocuse's Creme Brulee


    Servings: 4
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Bake Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
    Cool Time: 10 minutes -- while in water bath
    Cool Time: not specified to cool completely
    Chill Time: 4 hours
    Broil Time: not specified
    Bake Time: 20 minutes -- to air-dry brown sugar
    Start to Finish: 6 hours 5 minutes
    Times are approximate


    4 large egg yolks
    1/3 cup granulated sugar
    1 tablespoon granulated sugar
    2 cups heavy cream
    1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped
    1/4 cup light brown sugar, air dried


    Preheat the oven to 275ºF.

    In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks with half of the granulated sugar.

    In a small saucepan, warm the cream with the vanilla scrapings and the remaining granulated sugar until steaming. Gradually whisk the hot cream into the egg yolks until blended. Strain the custard and pour it into 5-ounce ramekins or shallow gratin dishes.

    Set the ramekins in a small baking dish and add enough hot tap water to the dish to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until just set. Let cool in the water bath for 10 minutes, them remove and let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

    Preheat the broiler. Sift a thin even layer of the air-dried brown sugar over each custard. Broil 1 ramekin at a time as close as possible to the heat source, until the sugar melts, forming a caramelized crust. Serve immediately.

    *Notes*: To air dry brown sugar, sift it onto a plate and leave it out, uncovered, for 1 day. If it's humid, the sifted sugar can also be dried in a 250ºF oven for 20 minutes.

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