Chocolate Vanilla Double Dip Creme Brulee
Yield: 8 Servings
1/2 c Milk
2 c Heavy (whipping) cream
1/2 c Sugar
2 Vanilla beans, split lengthwise
6 Egg yolks - room temperature blended with fork
5 oz Bittersweet or semisweet Chocolate, coarsely chopped
4 oz Unsalted butter, chopped
4 lg Eggs* separated, at room temperature
4 tb Sugar
Plus 6 tb Sugar for caramelizing
1/4 ts Cream of tartar
For the custard; place the milk, cream and sugar in a heavy medium sized saucepan. Scrape
the seeds from the vanilla beans into the mixture and add the split skins too. Bring to a
boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and steep for at least one hour or until the
mixture cools to room temperature. Discard the split skins of the beans.
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Place eight three inch ramekins in a large baking pan.
Pour enough water into the pan to come three quarters of the way up the sides of the
ramekins. Remove the ramekins and place the baking pan with the water in the oven to
preheat for about 15 minutes.
Whisk the six egg yolks into the cooled milk mixture. Strain through a fine sieve into the
ramekins, filling only about half full (leave room to add the chocolate mousse layer).
Place the ramekins in the preheated prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven until set and
a knife inserted into the custard comes out dry. Remove dishes from the water bath and
cool to room temperature.
For the chocolate mousse: melt the chocolate and butter in the top of a double boiler over
gently simmering water until chocolate is smooth, stirring occasionally. Cool until tepid,
about 25 minutes.
Using an electric mixer, beat the four egg yolks with two tablespoons of the sugar until a
slowly dissolving ribbon forms as the beaters are lifted. Fold the tepid chocolate into
Using a clean dry beater and bowl, beat the four egg whites and the cream of tartar until
soft peaks form. Add the remaining two tablespoons of sugar one at a time and continue
beating until barely stiff. Gently fold half of the whites into the chocolate mixture,
fold in the remaining whites.
Spoon the chocolate mousse over the cooled baked custards, smoothing the tops with a
spatula. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 to 6 hours or overnight.
Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.
To serve, preheat the broiler (or use stovetop salamander or small propane torch).
Sprinkle a little less than one tablespoon sugar over each dessert. Place about two inches
below the heat source and broil until the sugar is melted and caramelized, about two
minutes, watching carefully. Serve immediately.
Source: Washington Post
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