RECIPE TITLE "Burnt
Caramel-Arborio Rice Crème Brûlée"
from the book The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter Copyright 1999
... more great recipes by Charlie Trotter on our GREAT CHEFS page!
- 1 cup sugar
- 1-1/2 cups heavy cream
- 2 eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup arborio rice
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup brandy
- 1/2 cup dried black currants
- Sugar, for dusting
- Prepare an ice water
bath. Cook the sugar in a small, heavy-bottomed sauté pan for 5 minutes,
or until dark brown and caramelized.
- Add the cream and
cook until the mixture is smooth. Whisk together the eggs and egg yolks,
and slowly pour in some of the hot cream. Pour the eggs into the cream
mixture and cool over the ice water bath.
- Simmer the arborio
rice and water over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 20 minutes,
or until all of the liquid is absorbed. Add 1/2 cup of the milk and simmer
until all of the liquid is absorbed. Add the remaining 1/2 cup milk and
cook until all of the liquid is absorbed.
- Cook the brandy and
currants for 3 to 4 minutes, or until most of the liquid is absorbed.
Fold the currants and any liquid into the arborio rice. Place some of
the arborio rice in the bottom of six 4-to 5-ounce crème brûlée molds.
Pour the cream and egg mixture over the rice and bake in a water bath
at 300 degrees for 25 minutes, or until the custard is set. Refrigerate
the custard for 1 hour, or until completely cool.
- Assembly -- Sprinkle
an even, heavy dusting of sugar over the top of the custard and caramelize
the sugar with a small blowtorch until the sugar melts and turns golden
Notes -- The rich caramel flavors of Madeira are the perfect companion
to the caramel flavors of the crème brûlée. A rich, young style like Blandy's
10-year-old malmsey is a wonderful complement to this dessert.
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