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Valrhona Chocolate Crème Brûlée

Many pastry chefs consider Valrhona to be the best chocolate in the world. Its rich flavor and texture are wonderful in this crème brûlée.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 oz. Valrhona or other bittersweet chocolate,
     chopped into small pieces
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 6 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 325ºF. Have a pot of boiling water ready.

In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the cream until small bubbles form around the edges of the pan, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate until melted and blended. Let cool slightly.

In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and 2 Tbs. of the sugar until the mixture is pale yellow and thick ribbons fall from the whisk, about 5 minutes. Slowly stir in the warm chocolate cream, then stir in the vanilla.

Line a 3-inch-deep baking pan with a kitchen towel and place four 6-oz. ramekins in the pan. Pour the chocolate mixture through a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl. Divide the chocolate mixture among the ramekins. Add boiling water to fill the pan halfway up the sides of the ramekins and cover the pan loosely with aluminum foil.

Bake until the custards are just set around the edges, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer the ramekins to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 2 days.

Just before serving, sprinkle 1 Tbs. sugar evenly over the surface of each custard. Using a kitchen torch, move the flame continuously in small circles over the surface until the sugar bubbles and just begins to turn golden, 20 to 30 seconds per custard. Serve immediately.
Serves 4.
Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.