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Chocolate Mint Crème Brûlée

“Sensual self indulgence” is a custard that goes by the name of crème brûlée (literal translation: burnt cream). Crème brûlée’s chapeau of brittle caramelized sugar actually inspired the name of this dessert. Our version — a chocolaty, velvety-smooth, bourbon-spiked custard that bathes your mouth with pleasure — is a delightful respite from being good for Christmas.–Marcel Desaulniers

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Sensual self indulgence? Oh my.

Special Equipment: 6 flameproof 7-ounce custard cups or ramekins

Chocolate Mint Crème Brûlée Recipe

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  • 30 M
  • 5 H
  • Makes 6 crème brûlées

Ingredients

  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 9 ounces semisweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C). Pour 2 cups water into a 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking pan. Place the pan on the center rack of the oven.
  • 2. Combine the cream, vanilla bean, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and then immediately remove the pan from the heat.
  • 3. Place 3/4 cup sugar and the egg yolks in a bowl. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Ladle 1/2 cup hot cream into the yolks and whisk gently to incorporate. Pour the egg-yolk-and-cream mixture back into the saucepan and whisk until thoroughly combined. Add the chopped chocolate and stir gently to melt the chocolate and incorporate all of the ingredients.
  • 4. Pour the chocolate custard through a fine-gauge strainer into a 4-cup heatproof glass measuring cup. Add the bourbon and peppermint extract and stir to incorporate.
  • 5. Place 6 flameproof 7-ounce custard cups or ramekins into the water in the baking pan. Pour an equal amount of the custard into the cups. Bake for about 1 hour, or until just set. (Rotate the baking pan 180 degrees halfway through the baking time.) The top of the custards should still slightly shake; the custard will completely set when chilled.
  • 6. Remove the custard cups from the baking pan and place them on a wire rack until cool, about 30 minutes. Cover each custard cup with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours before serving.
  • 7. To serve, preheat the broiler. Remove the chilled custards from the refrigerator; remove and discard the plastic wrap. Place the custard cups on a baking sheet and evenly sprinkle the top of each custard with 1 teaspoon sugar. Position the baking sheet on the center rack under the broiler and broil until the sugar is caramelized to a dark amber. Refrigerate the custards for a few minutes to firm the caramelized sugar before serving. Garnish each with a mint sprig, if desired.
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