Crème brûlée is a classic French dessert that consists of a rich custard base topped with a layer of caramelized sugar. The name “crème brûlée” translates to “burnt cream” in French, referring to the caramelized sugar crust on top.
To prepare crème brûlée, a custard mixture is made by combining cream, egg yolks, sugar, and often vanilla extract. The mixture is then baked in individual ramekins in a water bath until the custard is set but still has a creamy texture. After chilling the custard, a layer of sugar is sprinkled on top and caramelized using a kitchen torch or broiler. The result is a contrasting combination of smooth, creamy custard and a brittle caramelized sugar crust.
Crème brûlée is typically served chilled and may be garnished with fresh fruits, a dusting of powdered sugar, or sometimes flavored with other ingredients such as chocolate, citrus, or coffee. It is known for its indulgent texture and the delightful contrast between the creamy custard and the crisp caramelized sugar topping.
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