Cappuccino Crème Brûlée with Chocolate Sablée Cookies Recipe

Cappuccino Crème Brûlée with Chocolate Sablée Cookies Recipe
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Who can resist a perfectly executed crème brûlée? A little espresso powder tempers the inherent sweetness and richness of this timeless dessert. Indulging has never been so easy.

6
Servings
397
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Coarse sea salt, to taste

For the crème brûlée

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 10 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg

Directions

For the cookies

In a bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and pinch of salt together until light and fluffy. In a small bowl, scramble the egg using a fork until well mixed. Add the milk and ½ of the egg to the creamed butter and mix until emulsified.

Add the baking soda, flour, and cocoa powder and mix just until combined. Shape the batter into 1 log, roughly 10- to 12-inches long and 1 ½-inches thick. Wrap the log in plastic wrap or parchment paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line a cookie sheet by lining with parchment paper. On a cutting board, slice the unwrapped log of dough into ¼-inch-thick slices. Place the slices on the cookie sheet, leaving about ½-inch of space between them.

Gently brush with the remaining egg and lightly sprinkle some coarse sea salt on each cookie. Transfer to the oven and bake for 5-10 minutes until the edges are starting to brown. Do not overbake. Remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheet.

For the crème brûlée

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

In a saucepan, bring the heavy cream, 3 tablespoons of the sugar, vanilla bean, and espresso powder to a simmer over medium-low heat. Whisk the yolks, cinnamon, nutmeg, and another 3 tablespoons of the sugar in a heatproof mixing bowl.

Slowly add the hot cream mixture into the egg mixture until smooth. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer. Place six 4-ounce shallow crème brûlée molds in a deep, ovenproof pan. Carefully fill each mold with the custard, divided equally, just below the rim. Fill the deep pan with hot water just to reach up the sides of the ramekins. Cover the pan with foil.

Carefully move the pan into the oven and bake for about 40 minutes, or until softly set. The custards may slightly jiggle in the center when done (browning indicates overcooking). Carefully remove from the oven. Using a metal spatula, remove the custards from the water bath to a working surface, and let cool for 30 minutes. Transfer to the refrigerator until ready to serve. Chill for at least 3 hours or up to 3 days.

To serve, arrange the chilled custard on a baking sheet. Preheat the broiler. Spread a thin layer of the remaining sugar over the top of each custard and place under the broiler until the sugar is evenly caramelized. Serve immediately with sablée cookies.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
15g
21%
Sugar
4g
4%
Saturated Fat
7g
29%
Cholesterol
40mg
13%
Carbohydrate, by difference
59g
45%
Protein
7g
15%
Vitamin A, RAE
122µg
17%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
411mg
41%
Choline, total
13mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Fluoride, F
2µg
0%
Folate, total
48µg
12%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
17mg
5%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
99mg
14%
Selenium, Se
9µg
16%
Sodium, Na
362mg
24%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
60g
2%

Crème Brûlée Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Crème Brûlée Cooking Tip

Think beyond cakes and pies – fruits like peaches, pineapple, and figs are excellent grilled – brush with melted butter or wine and sprinkle with sugar and spices for a dessert that you can feel good about.

Crème Brûlée Wine Pairing

Sweet chenin blanc, muscat, or amontillado sherry with nut-based desserts; sauternes or sweet German wines with pound cake, cheesecake, and other mildly sweet desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines with sweeter desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines, port, madeira, late-harvest zinfandel, or cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc with chocolate desserts.