Eggnog Creme Brûlée

  • 2 c. full fat eggnog
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Additional granulated sugar for glazing the custards

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Place 4 custard cups into a shallow baking dish, and fill the dish with water to half-way up the sides of the cups.

Pour the eggnog into a pan over medium heat. Cook and stir occasionally until the mixture simmers, about 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the egg yolks and sugar into a mixing bowl; beat until light colored and frothy. Mix in the cream cheese until well blended and smooth. Whisk about 1/4 cup of the heated eggnog mixture into the eggs. Gradually whisk the remaining eggnog into the eggs. Add the vanilla and mix again. Pour the mixture into the prepared custard cups, dividing evenly.

Bake the custard cups in the preheated oven until custard has set, 30 to 45 minutes. The centers should wiggle slightly when shaken, but not be soupy.

Remove the water-filled baking dish from the oven and cool 30 minutes before removing the custard cups to refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

When serving, if desired, drizzle enough granulated sugar over the tops of the custards to coat them and then caramelize the sugar using a small butane torch.

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Preparation Time: 50 minutes plus 3 or more hours chilling time
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