Indulge in a taste of France with our French Coffee Crème Brûlée, a luxurious and decadent dessert experience that combines the classic, velvety custard with a rich coffee twist. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee perfectly complements the creamy texture of this indulgent treat, while the caramelized sugar topping adds a delightful crunch. Perfect for special occasions or when you simply want to pamper yourself, this elegant dessert will transport you to a cozy Parisian café, leaving you craving for more.
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1/4 cup strong brewed french vanilla coffee
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 5 large egg yolks
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp coffee liqueur (optional)
- 6 tbsp superfine sugar, for caramelizing the top
Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C). In a medium saucepan, combine the heavy cream, strong brewed coffee, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and salt. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is hot but not boiling. Remove from heat.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and the remaining 1/4 cup of granulated sugar until light and creamy. Gradually add the hot cream mixture to the egg yolks, whisking constantly to avoid curdling. Stir in the vanilla extract and coffee liqueur, if using.
Pour the custard mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large measuring cup or pitcher to remove any lumps or foam. Divide the custard evenly among six 4-ounce ramekins.
Place the ramekins in a large baking dish and add enough hot water to the dish to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. This will create a water bath, which helps the custards cook evenly and maintain a smooth texture.
Carefully transfer the baking dish to the preheated oven and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the edges of the crème brûlée are set and the center is slightly jiggly. Remove the ramekins from the water bath and let them cool to room temperature. Then, cover each ramekin with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 3 days.
Before serving, let the ramekins sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Sprinkle each custard with 1 tablespoon of superfine sugar, ensuring the surface is evenly coated. Using a kitchen torch, caramelize the sugar by moving the flame in a circular motion until the sugar has melted and turned a deep golden brown. Alternatively, you can caramelize the sugar under a broiler, but keep a close eye on it to avoid burning.
Let the crème brûlée sit for a few minutes to allow the caramelized sugar to harden, then serve and enjoy this luxurious and decadent coffee-infused French dessert experience.
Our French Coffee Crème Brûlée is a true delight for the senses, offering a sophisticated and delicious way to enjoy the irresistible combination of coffee and dessert. The rich coffee-infused custard paired with the contrasting crisp caramelized sugar creates a harmonious blend of textures and flavors that will impress your family and friends. So, the next time you're looking for a showstopping dessert to elevate your dining experience, don't hesitate to whip up this elegant, coffee-infused twist on a classic French favorite. Bon appétit!
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