Keto Crème Brûlée

Keto Crème Brûlée

So you're throwing a dinner party and don't want to disappoint your keto and non-keto friends with some lame ass 'sugar-free' dessert? Don't fret, this simple and decadent European classic will surely leave a lasting impression.

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  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp Truvia
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream 

Carmelized Topping (optional):

  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Truvia

Separate egg yolks in a bowl and add the Truvia and vanilla extract - give it all a nice brisk wisk until uniform and a bit creamy.  Add the heavy cream to a saucepan and heat to just about boiling, and remove from heat.  Pour a little of the hot cream into the egg yolk mixture, and again, give it all a good whisking'.  Now take the yolk mixture and slowly pour it into the rest of hot cream, whisking while you pour.  The mixture will develop some foam, be sure to scoop it out with a spoon or a sieve. 

Now pour the mixture into individual ramekins or other suitable dishes (oven-safe).  This recipe yields about 4-6 servings depending on how generous you are.  Now place the ramekins into a baking dish and pour hot water into the baking dish, about half way up the sides of your ramekins.  Pop them in the oven at 350F/175C for about 20-30 minutes - they're done when they have a good jiggle to them.  Remove from oven and let them cool at room temp in the water bath for about 20 minutes.  Next toss them in the fridge to chill out - they need at least 2 hours to set-up nicely and can be left overnight.

Now we're almost there.  The best part of a good crème brûlée is the contrasting crispiness of the caramelized top and the velvety smoothness of the underlying custard.  Problem is most keto friendly sugar alcohols don't caramelize - they melt.  So to really get that crunch on top, you need to employ a little bit of our arch-nemesis - sugar.  Now don't panic, using only a half teaspoon across 4 servings only amounts to about 0.5g of resultant carbs.  Phew, let's move on.  

Combine the sugar, cinnamon and Truvia until uniform, and sprinkle evenly over the chilled custards.  If you have a kitchen torch, extra fancy points, torch the top for a few minutes until well caramelized.  No torch, no stress.  Throwing them under the broiler for 2-5 minutes also does the trick.  Serve immediately, you keto rock-star-you. 

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