Very Berry Ice Creme Brûlée

The sweetest of desserts!
I stepped outside of my proverbial shell and researched a bit to find a way to make this fabulous dessert without heavy cream and how to make it more family friendly. This is a great make ahead for the holidays or family and friend gatherings anytime!
This recipe isn’t only delicious, it’s kid friendly and they enjoy watching it being made!
Especially the torch method if used.
Ingredients:

2 3/4 Cups Vanilla Ice Cream (Slightly Melted) or Gelato
4-5 Egg Yolks
4 TBSP Sugar
Fresh or Thawed Frozen Berries
Fresh Vanilla Sprig
Cooking spray


Materials:

Kitchen Torch Method (Optional)
or use Kitchen Broiler Method
Mixing Bowls
Ramekins or small casserole dishes
Whisk
Knife
Cookie Sheet


Oven Preheat 325 degrees.
Start by separating egg yolks and whites.

Save the eggs whites in the fridge for another recipe or discard.
Beautiful!
If the ice cream needs melting before adding, microwave at 10 second increments until slightly melted.

Add to the egg yolk mixture.
Whisk thoroughly.
Gather your choice of ramekins, small casserole, or cocottes, all without lids.
Take a large cookie sheet and add the containers leaving space between to bake properly.
Spray each with cooking spray.
Fill the bottom of the cookie sheet with water, enough to cover 1/4 to 1/2 of the outer ramekin or cocotte.
Fill with ice cream yolk mixture.
Beautiful! Now bake for 40-50 minutes.
Convection ovens usually only require 40 mins.
Be super careful when removing from the oven.
Let cool for 10-15 mins.
Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
Can be refrigerated overnight.
While they cool, make a quick sugar mixture.
Slice a vanilla sprig and separate the vanilla beans.
Mix together.
Slice berries and refrigerate until ready to use.
Remove from the fridge and sprinkle the sugar and vanilla bean mixture over each one.
For the broiler method, set oven to broil, place on a clean cookie sheet, and broil watching carefully as the sugar starts to bubble.

As it starts to brown, rotate to keep as even as possible until fully melted.
The torch method is similar but just use to brown creme brûlée tops outside of the oven, most prefer this method because there’s more control over the melting process, just be careful, don safety gear, and don’t let kids handle fire at any time!

Watch the excitement in their little eyes as it all comes together.
Absolutely beautiful!
Notice there will be a nice hard shell formed over the top and a nice custardy inside!
Wow! So yummy.

The tangy yet sweet taste of the berries and the crunch of the sugar topping as it gently breaks as you dig in is just everything a true dessert connoisseur would love.

A true crowd pleaser indeed.
Enjoy!

Copyright 2021. All Rights Reserved. Original Photography, Writing, Recipe, Content by Andrea Danielle Pistella.

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