Chocolate creme brulee
SmartPoints® value per serving
1 hr 45 min
1 hr 30 min
This showy, French-inspired dessert will wow dinner guests. The best part is that it doesn't require any special equipment: The sugary glaze cooks on the stovetop. To keep the sugar mixture from sticking to the tablespoon when drizzling it over each custard, spray the spoon with cooking spray first and then measure the sugar mixture. Make sure the custards have chilled at least for a full 3 hours before adding their sugar glaze or otherwise their texture will have a soup-like consistency. If you’d like, you can bake the custards up to 3 days ahead. They’ll hold up well in the refrigerator. Wait and add the glaze when you’re ready to serve them.
3 large egg(s)
Uncooked egg yolk(s)
1½ cup(s), divided
Unsweetened cocoa powder
Unsweetened baking chocolate square(s)
¼ fl oz
- Preheat oven to 300°F. Fill the bottom of a roasting pan with 1 inch of water and place in oven.
- Whisk together eggs, yolk and 1/2 cup of sugar in a medium bowl. Combine cocoa, chocolate and half & half cream in a small pot.
- Heat chocolate mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and steam rises from surface, about 4 to 5 minutes; pour into egg mixture, whisking constantly, then mix in vanilla. Divide among 8 small custard cups; place cups in roasting pan and bake until almost set in the middle, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove from oven and chill for at least 3 hours.
- When cups are thoroughly cooled, mix remaining 1 cup of sugar with 1/4 cup of water in a saucepan over medium heat; heat, gently swirling pan occasionally off heat, until sugar dissolves, about 4 minutes. Increase heat to high and cook until mixture is an amber color, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Remove pan from stovetop and place bottom of pan in cold water to stop the cooking process.
- Coat a tablespoon with cooking spray. Drizzle 3/4 tablespoon of sugar mixture over each custard cup, tilting cup to spread glaze evenly. Serve immediately.