You'd be SHOCKED at how easy it is to make creme brulee at home!
– heavy cream – pinch of kosher salt – large egg yolks – granulated sugar, divided – vanilla bean, seeds scraped – fresh thyme – fresh blackberries, to garnish
Put your base heating element and steamer attachment into your KitchenAid Smart Oven, set to ‘Steam’ mode and preheat to 325°F. Add the heavy cream, thyme sprigs, and salt to a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil then immediately shut off the heat. Allow mixture to sit for about 15 minutes to cool slightly.
Meanwhile, in a KitchenAid Artisan® Mini 3.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg yolks, ½ cup of the granulated sugar and vanilla bean seeds or paste together on medium speed just until combined.
Pour mixture into ramekins and fill them up to almost the top. Transfer ramekins to the Steamer Tray. Place the base pan and heating element onto the lower rack inside the oven.
Then, place the Steamer attachment on top of the heating element. Place the ramekins inside the attachment, then pour 4 cups of water into the water basin pan and place the attachment into the oven until you hear it beep.
Cook on ‘Steam’ mode for about 20-25 minutes. Remove custards from the Steamer attachment and oven cavity, and allow to cool completely at room temperature, then chill in the fridge for at least four hours, ideally overnight.
When ready to serve, divide the remaining sugar evenly among the top of the custards. Using a handheld culinary torch, carefully brulee the tops, caramelizing the sugar until it’s one hard shell. Allow to set for a minute or two, until the sugar has cooled and hardened.
Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme and a few blackberries and enjoy!