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Chocolate Crème Brûlée

Makes 6 to 8 servings

This chocolate crème brûlée recipe is a rich and decadent dessert perfect for serving at a dinner party.

Chocolate Crème Brûlée

James Carrier
 1 vanilla bean
 1 cup whipping cream
 1 cup milk
 6 large egg yolks (at room temperature)
 3/4 cup sugar
 4 ounces each semisweet and bittersweet chocolate (or 8 oz. of semisweet), chopped
 1 tablespoon Amaretto or other almond-flavored liqueur
 1 tablespoon Kahlúa or other coffee-flavored liqueur
  Chocolate praline
Step 1

Cut vanilla bean in half lengthwise; scrape seeds into a 2- to 3-quart pan. Add vanilla pod, cream, and milk. Stir occasionally over medium-high heat until mixture just begins to boil, 14 to 18 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk together egg yolks and sugar. Place chocolate in a small, microwave-safe glass bowl and heat in a microwave oven at half-power (50%) until soft, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Stir chocolate until smooth.

Step 3

Lift vanilla pod from cream mixture; rinse and dry for another use or discard. Whisk about 1/2 cup of the hot cream mixture into egg mixture, then whisk egg mixture into remaining cream mixture. Add hot melted chocolate (if it has cooled to room temperature, reheat briefly in microwave oven just until hot to touch; do not overheat). Pour mixture into a blender and whirl until no chocolate flecks remain. Pour through a fine strainer into a 1- to 2-quart glass measure. Stir in Amaretto and Kahlúa.

Step 4

Set six to eight soufflé cups, ramekins, or teacups (1/2 to 3/4 cup) in a 9- by 13-inch baking pan. Fill cups equally with chocolate mixture. Set pan in a 300° regular or convection oven and carefully pour about 1 inch of boiling water into pan around cups.

Step 5

Bake until centers of custards barely jiggle when pan is gently shaken, 30 to 35 minutes. With a slotted spatula, lift cups out. Chill until custards are cold, 1 to 1 1/4 hours (see notes).

Step 6

Garnish each crème brûlée with a large chunk of chocolate praline. Serve any remaining praline alongside.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Makes 6 to 8 servings

Amount Per Serving
Calories 365Calories from Fat 57
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g36%

Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 197mg66%
Sodium 32mg2%
Total Carbohydrate 39g13%

Dietary Fiber 1.2g5%
Protein 5.3g11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.