A quintessentially British version of the crème brulee and said to have originated from Trinity college, Cambridge. This delicious dessert is flavoured with a vanilla pod and speckled generously with fresh, jewel-like raspberries.
Standing time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 25-30 minutes
Chilling time: 4 hours
You will need
1 vanilla pod
600ml/1 pint double cream
6 egg yolks
75g/3oz caster sugar
6 tablespoons caster sugar
Take off the heat and leave to infuse for 30 minutes.
Beat the egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl until creamy.
Remove the vanilla pod from the cream and discard then bring the cream to the boil once more.
Gradually mix into the egg yolks until smooth.
Divide the raspberries between six x, 250ml/8fl oz, shallow ovenproof dishes with a diameter of 11.5cm/4 ½ inches and a depth of 2.5cm/1inch then stand the dishes in a roasting tin.
Strain the vanilla cream over the top.
Pour warm water into the roasting tin to come halfway up the sides of the dishes then bake the custards, uncovered in a pre-heated oven set to 160°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3 for 25-30 minutes or until just set in the centre with a slight wobble.
Lift dishes out of the roasting tin.
Cool then transfer to the fridge for at least four hours.
Sprinkle the tops with the remaining sugar and caramelize with a cook’s blow torch.
Leave to stand for 30 minutes or until ready to serve.
Tip: If you don’t have a cook’s blow torch, put the dishes in the base of the grill pan, surround the dishes with ice and cook under a preheated grill with the tops of the dishes near the heat until golden. Put back in the fridge until ready to serve.