Coffee-Brandy Creme Brulee
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee crystals
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon brandy
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons golden brown sugar - (packed)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange six 3/4-cup ramekins or custard cups in 13- by 9- by 2-inch metal baking pan.
Combine cream and 1/4 cup sugar in heavy medium saucepan; bring almost to simmer, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; add coffee and whisk to dissolve. Whisk egg yolks in medium bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in warm cream mixture, then brandy and vanilla. Strain custard into 4-cup measuring cup; pour into ramekins, dividing equally. Pour enough hot water into pan to come halfway up sides of ramekins.
Bake custards until center moves only slightly when pan is gently shaken, about 35 minutes. Remove custards from pan. Chill until cold, at least 3 hours, then cover and keep chilled overnight.
Preheat broiler. Arrange custards on baking sheet. Press 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar through strainer onto each custard, forming even layer. Broil 6 inches from heat source until sugar melts, bubbles and caramelizes, watching carefully and rotating sheet for even browning, about 4 minutes. Refrigerate custards until sugar topping hardens, at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours before serving.
This recipe yields 6 servings.