Monday, May 26, 2008

Chocolate Creme Brulee

I pause from my own recipes to give tribute to this luscious one by Delia Smith. The process is a bit fiddly as it involves several stages, but I have attempted to simplify it at least visually. I'm confident a true chocoholic won't be deterred ;)

I have also changed the brulee method. Delia caramelizes the sugar and pours it onto the cooled pudding (takes 15 minutes). But I suggest the two-minute method of adding sugar to the pud and grilling it, which involves less washing up and results in a tastier topping which won't require you to find an axe before you can enjoy the chocco creaminess beneath...

570 ml whipping cream
6 egg yolks
2 tbsp sugar
150g dark chocolate
1 tsp cornflour
175g sugar, keep aside for caramel

Stage 1
  1. Melt chocolate in 10-second intervals on high in microwave with 150ml of the cream.
  2. Stir still shiny
Stage 2
  1. In separate bowl, whisk yolks, sugar and cornflour till fluffy and thickened
Stage 3
  1. In a pan, heat the rest of the cream till just starting to simmer
  2. Add a little cream to the yolk mixture's bowl from stage 2, whisk well
  3. Add the rest and mix till combined
  4. Return this mixture to the pan, cook about 3-4 minutes till it thickens
Stage 4
  1. Whisk the chocolate mixture in its bowl till shiny
  2. Add a little of the custard mixture from Stage 3, then add it all. Combine well.
Stage 5
  1. Pour the chocolatey soup, through a sieve, into ramekins, leaving 1 cm at the top for the brulee (burnt sugar or caramel) later on. Refrigerate overnight.
Stage 6 (not Delia's)
  1. The next day, pour about 1-2 tbsp sugar onto each pot of chocolate cream, shaking off any excess
  2. Place ramekins on a baking tray and directly under the grill, watching carefully till it bubbles and turns a light caramel brown, barely 2 mins
  3. Remove from oven when done and serve immediately, or allow to cool, cover loosely with foil and return to fridge till needed.

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