Monday, February 14, 2011

Chocolate Espresso Creme Brulee

How do you say "I love you" with food on Valentine's Day?   One way is with my Chocolate Espresso Creme Brulee.   With rich dark chocolate, warm espresso and a hint of vanilla, this is sure to please your significant other!

Chocolate Espresso Creme Brulee

  • 2 C heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 3 oz good dark chocolate (I used Ghirardelli's 86%)
  • 1 T instant Espresso granules
  • 1/3 C sugar for top
Directions:   Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.   In a saucepan, hear cream with vanilla bean over medium low heat for 15 minutes, stirring often and do not let boil.   Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes.   Take vanilla bean and scrape seeds from inside, add to cream.   In a separate small glass dish, melt chocolate in the microwave 30 seconds at a time and add to the cream.   Add 1 T instant espresso to the cream and whisk until well incorporated.
heavy cream with vanilla bean seeds

my favorite Instant Espresso

In a separate bowl, beat egg yolks until light and fluffy.   Gradually beat in the 1/4 C sugar and slowly add the cream mixture, a little at a time so you don't scramble the eggs, whisking until well blended.

egg yolks and sugar whipped into submission

 incorporating the chocolate espresso cream into the egg mixture

into a warm bath and into the oven

Pour the custard into ramekins or custard cups.   Place the dishes in a large baking pan and pour hot water into the pan until it reaches halfway up the sides of the ramekins.   Bake for 35 - 40 minutes or until the mixture is set in the center.   Let cool to room temperature then refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Before serving, divide the 1/3 C sugar in a thin, even layer over each custard, covering completely.   To caramelize, use a propane torch and hold it so the fame just touches the surface of the sugar, starting in the middle and working outwards.   Serve immediately!


Kariman Al Essawy said...

Creme brulee? yummy, and chocolate! Yummyyyyyyyy :D
sounds delicious, thanks for sharing :)

thecoffeebreak said...

Coffee and chocolate - i am sold!

Harvesting for Life said...

Girl... That is AWESOME! Seriously all my favorite food things rolled into one dessert. Now I'm just jealous that I don't have any! Looks amazing, thanks for sharing!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

YUM! Your creme brulee looks amazing! Happy Valentine's Day!

Kate @ said...

In my opinion, nothing says Happy Vday like creme brulee. :) I love that this is with coffee and chocolate... great idea!

Anonymous said...

Anything with chocolate and espresso is fine in my books! I totally want to make this!!

Cheryl and Adam said...

This is, I think, a near perfect dessert! YUM!

Delishhh said...

Love creme brulee but never thought of just adding instant coffee to it and have a totally new dessert. LOVE LOVE the idea.

Anonymous said...

Looks beautiful, great idea using instant coffee and getting new flavor for brulee:)

Unknown said...

This looks so decadent. Just seeing the vanilla beans sitting on the knife was enough to make me drool. I love the flavor combination you put together.