Praline creme brulee

Yield: 1 servings

Measure Ingredient
3 cups Heavy cream
8 larges Egg yolks
½ cup Sugar; plus
2 tablespoons Sugar
½ cup Hazelnut paste
4 Traditional new orleans pralines
½ cup Stick unsalted butter
1 cup Heavy cream
2 cups Granulated sugar
2¼ cup Packed brown sugar
1 pounds Pecan pieces; chopped

PRALINE CREME BRULEE

PRALINES

How to Prepare the Creme Brulee: Heat the cream for about 2 minutes, until hot but not boiling, in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Remove from the heat.

In the top half of a double boiler, combine the yolks, ½ cup sugar, and the hazelnut paste. Place over simmering water and whisk for about 4 minutes, or until creamy and thick. Add the hot cream and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to form ribbons when the whisk is pulled through.

Remove from the heat and immediately place in the refrigerator. Chill for at least 8 hours.

Preheat the boiler.

Just before serving, spoon the well-chilled mixture into four individual ramekins or custard cups. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar on top and place under the preheated broiler to caramelize and brown the sugar.

Keep the oven door open and watch carefully to prevent scorching.

Serve immediately, garnished with a praline on top of each brulee.

How to Prepare the Pralines:

Spread sheets of wax paper over two baking sheets.

In a heavy saucepan over high heat, combine the butter, cream, and sugars, and bring to a boil. Stir in the pecans. When the mixture returns to a boil, remove from the heat.

Drop the praline mixture from the soup spoon to make 1½-inch circles on the wax paper. The mixture will crystallize rapidly, so work quickly.

Let harden at room temperature for 6 hours.

The pralines may be stored in airtight containers for up to 2 weeks.

New Orleans Feast With Chef Kevin Graham Kevin Graham is an award-winning chef and the owner of the renowned "Sapphire" restaurant at the Omni Royal Crescent Hotel in the French Quarter of New Orleans. He is also the author of "Creole Flavors: Recipes for Marinades, Ribs, Sauces, & Spices".

© 1997 Kevin Graham

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