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Caramel Apple Creme Brulee Recipe

Caramel Apple Creme Brulee Recipe

Here’s the cream of the apple dessert crop. Fruit, caramel and cinnamon flavors enhance the rich, velvety custard. Served warm or chilled, it’s a classic end to a meal. —Cheryl Perry, Hertford, NC
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 medium tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 6 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 5 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • 1. Place apples in a microwave-safe dish; cover with water. Cover and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes or until tender; drain well. Arrange apples in the bottoms of six 6-oz. ramekins or custard cups. Top with caramel topping; set aside.
  • 2. In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar and cinnamon; stir in cream. Heat over medium heat until bubbles form around sides of pan. Remove from the heat; stir a small amount of hot mixture into the egg yolks. Return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Stir in vanilla.
  • 3. Pour into prepared ramekins. Place ramekins in a baking pan; add 1 in. of boiling water to pan. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 25-30 minutes or until centers are just set (mixture will jiggle). Remove ramekins from water bath; cool for 10 minutes. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • 4. If using a creme brulee torch, combine the remaining sugars and sprinkle evenly over custards. Heat sugar with the torch until caramelized. Serve immediately.
  • 5. If broiling the custards, place ramekins on a baking sheet; let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. Combine remaining sugars; sprinkle over custards. Broil 8 in. from the heat for 4-7 minutes or until sugar is caramelized. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 504 calories, 33 g fat (20 g saturated fat), 280 mg cholesterol, 114 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.