Well, it wasn't bad, it was brilliant. It is such a lovely chocolate pudding/custard, it is divine. It is so smooth, every mouthful is pure bliss. You should have seen my kids go for it, they loved it.
This is a perfect dessert. It will please any chocolate lover out there. And the best thing, it is so easy to make.
I made mine in 185ml ramekins which makes 5 brulees, make them in 150ml ramekins or teacups if you need to make 6 brulees.
I served it with my mixed nut biscotti, as it is a great way to use up some of the egg whites, but serve it up with some fresh berries if your prefer.
So if you are out to impress your family, your partner, your friends or you just want to make it for yourself. Give this a go, you will not be disappointed.
500ml pouring cream
1 x 4g sheet (or 2 x 2g sheets) titanium strength gelatine
5 egg yolks
125g caster sugar
75g dark chocolate, finely chopped
2-3 tablespoons caster sugar, extra for sprinkling
Place the cream and milk in a medium sized saucepan. Place over a medium-high heat and bring almost to the boil (do not allow to boil).
Meanwhile, place the egg yolks and caster sugar in a large bowl and whisk together until thick and pale.
Place the gelatine sheet into a bowl, top to cover with cold water, leave to soften for 5 minutes.
While whisking the egg mixture continuously, slowly pour the cream mixture into the egg mixture. Pour the custard back into the saucepan (you can wash the saucepan first if you like, I don't). Now using a spoon, not a whisk, (as you don't want air bubbles in your custard) stir the custard for about 5 minutes over a low heat, until it thickens.
(To test if thick enough, dip a wooden spoon into the custard, run your finger along the back of the spoon. If the trail stays intact, the custard is thick enough. If it runs or bleeds into the mark your finger left, it needs longer).
Pick up the softened gelatine sheet and squeeze out any excess liquid. Add the gelatine sheet and the chocolate to the custard, and stir until the gelatine has dissolved and the chocolate melted.
Ladle or pour the custard into 5 x 185ml ramekins. Allow to cool for 20 minutes, then cover with cling film and place in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, until set and well chilled.
Just before serving, sprinkle caster sugar over the whole surface of the custard, making sure there are no gaps. You generally need about 2 teaspoons per brulee, but that does depend on the ramekin you use and its surface area. Using a kitchen blowtorch, heat the sugar until bubbles and turns golden brown. Allow to cool for a minute or two to set before serving.
I like to serve it with my mixed nut biscotti but you can also serve it with fresh berries as it adds colour and tastes amazing.
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