6 egg yolks
500 ml – 2 cups heavy cream or thickened cream
100 gms – ½ cup sugar
1 vanilla pod
6 tbsp Demerara or brown sugar for the top
Up to ½ tsp per ramekin of truffle honey
Halve the vanilla pod and scrape the seeds out with the back of a knife.
Put the vanilla seeds in a mixing bowl and put the vanilla bean in a saucepan with the cream.
Scold the cream over medium heat, then put the fire off and keep it aside.
Whisk the egg yolks, vanilla seeds and the sugar in a bowl for a couple of minutes or until pale.
Discard the vanilla pod from the warm cream and pour it over the egg yolk mixture, continuing to whisk until well combined.
Strain the mixture and put it back in a saucepan. Cook it for a couple of minutes on low flame until the cream coats the back of a spoon. (I found this step to be fundamental. Quickly cooking the cream on the stove has 3 benefits: it dissolves any little foam you may have in the mixture, it helps distribute the vanilla seeds evenly so they won’t sink to the bottom of the ramekins and it shortens the baking time, which is a plus. I also find that it stabilises the mixture and it helps it set without the risk of separating and/or curdling in the oven).
Place 6 ramekins in a deep roasting pan lined with a folded tea towel.
Divide the cream evenly into the ramekins.
Pour boiling water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. (If you see any more foam or bubbles you can pop them by quickly running the blowtorch on the top of the cream before you put it in the oven).
Bake, uncovered, in a pre heated oven at 150°C – 302°F for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cream has just set but is still a bit wobbly.
Remove the ramekins from the water and keep them aside to cool down. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
Sprinkle the Demerara or brown sugar evenly on the top of the crèmes brûlées and melt it either with a blowtorch or by putting the ramekins under the grill.
When the sugar becomes caramel brown they are ready.
As soon as the caramel hardens, gently rub up to ½ tsp of truffle honey on the top.
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