It's nearly time for another brilliant Just Desserts round-up! In addition to its wonderful title, Fighting for Custardy is the perfect opportunity to whip out the blow torch and make some crème brûlée. Of all the custard desserts, crème brûlée is my favourite. Who can resist breaking that crisp, burnt sugar topping (I'll even break other people's if they let me) and diving into the smooth baked custard underneath?
You will need:
- 2 x 160g tins (300ml) coconut cream
- ¼ tsp ground cardamon (or ⅛ tsp cardamon seeds)
- 4 egg yolks
- 40g caster sugar (and extra for topping)
- Preheat the oven to 140°C/120°C (fan)/275°F/gas mark 1 and boil the kettle.
- Gently heat the coconut milk and cardamon in a saucepan until it just starts to boil, then remove from the heat.
- Whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl until it's pale and frothy. Slowly add the hot coconut cream (if you're using cardamon seeds, strain the coconut cream first), whisking all the time until it's a smooth, thin custard.
- Divide the mixture between four ramekins (it's easier and less messy if you transfer the custard into a jug first) and place them in a roasting tin. Pour hot water into the roasting tin, to halfway up the side of the ramekins.
- Put in the oven and bake for 40 minutes, until the custard is set with a slight wobble. Remove the ramekins from the water bath and leave to cool to room temperature.
- Sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar evenly over the surface of each of the custards and caramelise, either under a hot grill or with a blow torch. (Keep an eye on them if you put them under the grill, don't go and make a cup of tea then wonder why you can smell burning.) Leave for about 10 minutes for the caramel to set.
- Make sure you eat them within two hours of caramelising the tops or they'll go soggy.