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poor man's creme brulee

Recipe by
Rick Casteel
Clarksville, TN

One of my all time favorite desserts, and now without heavy cream

yield 8 serving(s)
prep time 5 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For poor man's creme brulee

  • 4 c
    milk, whole
  • 6
    egg yolks
  • 6 Tbsp
    cane sugar
  • 2 stick
  • 4 Tbsp
    corn (mesa) flour
  • 1 slice
    lemon peel about 1 inch wide
  • 3 Tbsp
    pure cane sugar to carmelize
  • 1 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract

How To Make poor man's creme brulee

  • 1
    Pour 4 cups of whole milk into sauce pan on cooktop and begin stirring with a large spoon or whisk. Separate your 6 egg yolks and add to the milk while still stirring. Place into your mixture the 2 cinnamon sticks and an approximately 1 inch long piece of fresh lemon peel. Gradually, add your 3 tablespoons of corn flour until well combined. Now, put the sauce pan onto the stove over medium-low heat.Slowly add 6 Tablespoons of sugar while stirring. Add 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract. Let the mixture thicken, stirring constantly, for about 10 to 12 minutes, until it has a very creamy, custardy consistency.
  • 2
    Remove from the heat, discard the lemon peel and cinnamon sticks, and pour into a serving dish. Use a spatula to transfer all of the mixture. Let cool slightly. You can refrigerate until ready to serve, but bring to room temperature before caramelizing the top
  • 3
    Before serving, sprinkle some sugar evenly on top (about 2-3 tsp.) and burn the sugar with a kitchen torch (or under your oven broiler) until you get a thin, caramelized crust.
  • 4
    Finish with a gentle dusting of ground cinnamon.

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