Party crème brulee
Special equipment 2.4 litre (4 pint) shallow wide-based ovenproof dish,greased
85g (3oz) caster sugar
12 egg yolks
3 tsp vanilla extract
1.2 litres (2 pints) double cream
300 ml (10 fl oz) single cream
225g (8oz) demerara sugar
100g (3 1/2 oz) raspberries , to decorate
Mint leaves ,to decorate
Preheat the oven to 160 C (140 C/325 F/Gas 3) . meanwhile , put the sugar, egg yolks,and vanilla extract into a large mixing bowl and whisk together by hand.
Put the double cream and single cream into a saucepan and heat until just below boiling point (just hot enough to put your finger in )
Pour hot cream into the egg yolk mixture ,whisking quickly until combined.
Pour the custard through a sieve into the prepared oven proof dish.
Put the dish into a large roasting tin and pour enough boiling water into the tin so that it comes halfway up the sides of the dish .
Carefully slide into the oven and cook for 35-45 minutes or until set but with a slight wobble in the middle.check after 30 minutes to see how it’s doing.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the roasting tin,then place in the fridge and chill until stone cold.
Sprinkle over the demerara sugar,then pop under a hot grill ,watching it very carefully ,for 20-25 minutes or until melted and golden brown , you could also use a blowtorch to do this ,to give the topping time to soften slightly,chill in the fridge for at least 5 hours and up to 10 hours,but no more or it will turn to liquid.
To serve,cut into portions with fish slice and decorate with raspberries and mint leaves.