Raspberry and lavender crème brûlée

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A good crème brûlée recipe requires you to make the custard from scratch – but it is well worth the effort, particularly with Geoffrey’s easy-to-follow recipe from the Sunday Herald. A classic French dessert gets a floral lift here as Geoffrey Smeddle adds a touch of lavender and fresh fruit for a perfect dinner party dessert.

Type: Dessert

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 450ml of double cream
  • 50ml of whole milk
  • 1 tsp lavender leaves
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 100g of caster sugar, plus extra for topping
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 punnet of raspberries

Method

Step 1.

Pre-heat the oven to 150˚C/Gas mark 2

Step 2.

Put the cream, milk and lavender in a saucepan. Split the vanilla pod lengthways and scrape the seeds into the cream

Requires

  • 450ml of double cream
  • 50ml of whole milk
  • 1 tsp lavender leaves
  • 1 vanilla pod
Step 3.

Chop the vanilla pod into small pieces and add to the cream, too. Bring the cream to boiling point, then lower the heat and simmer gently for five minutes

Step 4.

Beat the sugar and egg yolks together in a large heat-proof bowl until pale and creamy

Requires

  • 100g of caster sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
Step 5.

Bring the cream back to boiling point then pour it over the egg mixture, whisking all the time until thickened

Step 6.

Place the raspberries in the bottom of six ramekins. Strain the cream through a fine sieve into a large jug, then pour over the raspberries until the ramekins are about two-thirds full

Required

  • 1 punnet of raspberries

Step 7.

Place the ramekins in a large roasting tray, then add hot water to the tray until it reaches halfway up the sides of the ramekins

Step 8.

Place the tray in the centre of the oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until the custards are just set and a bit wobbly in the middle

Step 9.

Remove the ramekins from the water and allow to cool to room temperature

Step 10.

To serve gently dab the surface of the custards with kitchen paper to remove any condensation, taking care not to damage the smooth surface

Step 11.

Sprinkle at least one generous teaspoon of caster sugar over each custard, then spread it evenly with your finger so the whole area is covered

Requires

  • 100g of caster sugar
Step 12.

Caramelise with a blowtorch until dark golden brown. Let the crème brûlées stand for 10 minutes before serving so the sugar cools

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