Sweet Basil Creme Brulee

The classic Creme Brulee sweet treat gets a Seedsheet twist. This recipe is surprisingly simple and sure to impress. Perfect for holidays or dinner parties, they can be made in a large batch the day before, then fired with a culinary torch shortly before serving.

 

What you'll need:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
  • 5 egg yolks
  • ½ sugar
  • 6+ tbsp superfine sugar, for topping

Tools:

  • Saucepot
  • Mixing bowl
  • Strainer
  • Wisk
  • 6, 4oz ramekins or 4, 6oz ramekins
  • Butane or Propane culinary torch

Topping options: Fresh sprigs of basil leaves, fresh berries, cubed mango, a dollop of fresh whipped cream.

 

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In a medium saucepot heat cream, vanilla, and salt on low heat, just until warm. Remove from heat and toss in fresh basil leaves to steep while preparing eggs.

 

  • Whisk together egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Through a strainer, pour a small amount of cream into egg mixture and whisk together well. Continue to add cream slowly to eggs while mixing.
  • Pour evenly into ramekins, leaving a lip.
  • Place ramekins in a baking dish and fill the baking dish with water to about halfway up the sides of the ramekins, creating a water bath.

  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, just until set and golden brown on top.
  • Cool completely and refrigerate for several hours, up to 24.
  • Add 1 tbsp of superfine sugar evenly to the top of the custard and place on a tabletop.
  • Light torch and move the flame around the top of the custard until sugar melts and browns.
  • Cool completely to allow the top to crystalize.
  • Top with a sprig of basil and fresh berries and serve.

 

Tired of buying wilted herbs at the grocery store? Don't despair! Grow your own with a Seedsheet! Create your own Custom Seedsheet with eight different basil varieties to choose from, or pick from any of our curated sheets which include basil: Herb Balcony Kit, Mini Herb Kit, Pesto Balcony Kit, or Mini Pesto Kit.

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