2 cups heavy cream or whipping cream
4 egg yolks
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons brown sugar
In a one-quart saucepan over medium heat, heat cream until tiny bubbles form around the edge. DO NOT BOIL. In a heavy two-quart saucepan, with a wire whisk, beat egg yolks with sugar until blended; slowly stir small amounts of the hot cream into egg mixture. This combines the two without raising the temperature of the eggs to rapidly, this can cause the eggs to turn into scrambled egg brulee.
Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon well (about 15 minutes). Be very careful not to boil the mixture or it will curdle. Stir in vanilla extract.
Pour cream mixture into six 3 to 4 ounce heat-safe ramekins or custard dishes. Refrigerate until custard is well chilled (at least 1 hour).
About one hour before serving, preheat broiler. Place brown sugar in a small sieve; with a spoon, press the sugar through the sieve over the top of the chilled custard. Broil for 2-3 minutes until the sugar just melts. Refrigerate until ready to serve. The sugar will form a crisp crust over the custard. Keep in mind that if the sugar crust is made too early in the day, the sugar with become moist and soft, thus losing its crispness.
Serve as is, or with fresh fruit (such as fresh raspberries,or strawberries) or a fruit sauce.
Makes 6 servings.
Date: February 27, 2002