Chocolate Creme Brulee
Your Valentines Day dinner absolutely needs a chocolatey dessert and Chocolate Creme Brulee fills that need. And this chocolate dessert is easy to prepare. You don't need to water-bath this recipe!
To make your Chocolate Creme Brulee even more special for your romantic dinner, use heart shaped ramekins. Top with a few raspberries and a sprig of mint and you will have an elegant presentation. This has been one of my favorite Valentines Day recipes for many years.
- 1 quart heavy cream
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 9 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons white sugar, or as needed
Preheat oven to 325° F. Set 6 - 6 oz. ramekins on a baking sheet.
Pour cream, sugar, and vanilla into a saucepan, and place over medium heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar, and heat until it begins to simmer, then remove from heat. Place egg yolks in a large bowl, and slowly whisk in the hot cream mixture, about 2 tablespoons at a time, until you have added approximately a cup of cream to the yolks. At this point, pour in the remaining cream, and whisk until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips, and set aside for 5 minutes.
Stir the mixture until the chocolate is smooth and evenly distributed. Pour into ramekins, and bake in preheated oven until the center is just set, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and allow to cool for 45 minutes, then place into the refrigerator, and chill until cold, about 6 hours.
Place oven rack in topmost position. Turn oven to broil.
Sprinkle the tops of each creme brulee with sugar until evenly coated, gently pour off excess sugar. Place ramekins on a baking sheet and place under the broiler until the sugar bubbles and turns a light caramel brown.
Top with raspberries and sprig of mint. Serve immediately.
What can be better than silky smooth creme brulee with rich chocolate? I recommend serving coffee or a nice tawny port wine with this dessert.
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