Vanilla Creme Brûlée for Two

Creme Brulee

Did you enjoy your Valentine's Day? We aren't much for celebrating it. Generally, we just use it as an excuse to make a "nicer than normal" dinner at home and call it a night. We can't be bothered by the reservations, crowds, gifts, and exorbitant prices! I started searching for a menu for the night, and new I wanted it to include dessert. I tried to think of a "fancy" dessert that we would order at a restaurant, and that is when I thought of creme brûlée. Since it's just the two of us, I turned to Dessert for Two, which is a pretty cool blog that scales dessert recipes down to small servings. Lo and behold, the perfect scaled-down creme brûlée recipe was at my fingertips. Except…me being me, I failed to read the whole recipe very carefully until about 4 hours before I had planned on serving it, so my custard did not sit in the fridge for the recommended 8 hours. But, I think it turned out just as delicious as at any restaurant! So if you are looking for an elegant dessert to serve your sweetie next Valentine's day, or any day for that matter, give this a try. You won't be disappointed!

3 Egg Yolks
1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1/4 cup Sugar, plus 2 teaspoons
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Berries, for serving (optional--I added blackberries)

In a glass bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, cream, 1/4 cup sugar, and vanilla. Pour the mixture into 2 6-ounce ramekins. Place the ramekins in an 8- or 9- inch  glass baking dish. Make a water bath for them to cook in by pouring 2 cups of very hot water into the dish, or enough to come up about 1/2 of an inch on the sides of the ramekins. Bake at 300 degrees for 50-60 minutes. The custards are done when only the middle is slightly jiggly. Cool the custards in the water bath, then cover them with plastic wrap before moving them to the fridge for at least 8 hours (I only cooled for about 3 and they were fine). When ready to serve, sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar over each custard. Melt the sugar with a torch until it is browned and hard (I put them under our broiler and it worked perfectly). Serve immediately, garnished with berries, if desired.