Sunday, November 20, 2011

Grand Marnier Crème Brûlée

This Grand Marnier creme brulee is the perfect dessert to serve to guests and takes very little prep time. MIx up this dessert when you get home from work and they will be ready when the guests arrive. 

Special Equipment
Cooking Torch 
6 Creme Brulee dishes

6 large egg yolks
7 tablespoons sugar
2 1/4 cups whipping cream
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons brown sugar

Preheat oven to 325°F. Whisk yolks and 7 tablespoons sugar in medium bowl for about 2 minutes. Bring cream to simmer in heavy small saucepan. Gradually whisk hot cream into yolk mixture. Whisk in Grand Marnier and vanilla; divide custard into 6 creme brulee dishes. Arrange cups into two metal pans. Pour enough hot water into pan to come halfway up sides of cups. Bake custards until gently set in center, about 25 minutes. Remove cups from water and refrigerate uncovered until cold, at least 3 hours. These can be made a day in advance. 

When ready to serve, sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon of brown sugar onto each. Use cooking torch on each dish until top is caramelized and starts to change color. If you do not have a torch you can simple place dishes on a baking sheet and broil for about 2 minutes. 

The creme brulee on the right is before using the torch. The one on the left is ready to be served! Enjoy!