You know how you always hear of people finding like $20 in their back pocket when doing laundry or something? That never happens to me! I don’t carry around cash often so I don’t ever find cash stuffed into my dresses or anything cool like that.
However, I do have a really awesome story about how I forgot I still had money in this bank account that I had in college and discovered it last week!! So yeah, I opened up this bank account in college and after I graduated college, I never used it because I opened up another bank account with another bank. 5 years came and went and that old bank account was still open. I had some free time at work last week so I went in to that bank to close my account. Turns out, I still had $135 in there and since I was closing the account, they just gave it to me in cash! Haha, I walked out of there as if I won the lottery. I didn’t know I had that much left in there! Forgotten money is sometimes kind of cool ;)
When I was in Scottsdale last month, I had a coconut crème brûlée at one of the restaurants there and man, was I dreaming about that all month long. I knew I had to make a version of it at home! It’s so creamy and smooth and tastes just like paradise! My favorite part is the torched sugar on top. Breaking into that crunchy crust and getting into the rich custard below is like striking gold! Oh, and typing out crème brûlée is slightly annoying – anyone ever notice how many accent marks this dessert name has?! Haha
Coconut Crème Brûlée
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
- 5 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar + more for topping
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Have a kettle of boiling water ready.
- Add heavy cream, coconut milk, and coconut extract to a small saucepan. Stir to incorporate and set over medium heat. Warm the mixture until bubbles form around the edges and steam begins to rise to the surface.
- Remove from heat and let sit for 15 minutes to cool down a bit.
- In the meantime, in a heatproof glass bowl, whisk together egg yolks and 1/2 cup of granulated sugar. Whisk until mixture is pale yellow. This will take about 5 minutes of heavy whisking. See notes below on how to create a less airy mixture.
- Once the mixture is ready, temper the yolk mixture by adding a small ladle of the cream mixture to the yolk mixture and stir it gently. Once the yolk mixture is tempered, you can pour the remaining cream mixture to the yolk mixture.
- Place ramekins in a baking pan and pour the boiling water into the baking pan halfway up the ramekins, carefully making sure none of the water drips into the ramekins.
- Loosely cover the baking pan with foil then carefully place into the oven.
- Bake until the custards are just set around the edges, about 50 minutes. This will vary greatly depending on the depth and size of your ramekins.
- Let custards cool in baking pan until able to transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Once cooled, cover each with plastic wrap and place into refrigerator to set overnight.
- Prior to serving, sprinkle a heavy amount of granulated sugar on top and using a kitchen torch, carefully melt the sugar on top to your liking. Once the sugar hardens, you can eat!
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