Friday, December 19, 2008
Low-fat Cranberry Creme Brulee
It is a happy sense of accomplishment whenever I can successfully cook up a low fat version of rich desserts without compromising on the flavor.I figured using Whole milk instead of the heavy cream works just fine and adding any fruit of the season adds more flavor to the dessert.Serve it on your festive occasion and your guests will never guess that they're eating smart.
The ruby red cranberries also referred as super fruits for its antioxidant properties are native only to cooler parts of the Northern Hemisphere.Since there are much cheaper in this season ,its a good idea to buy extra ,freeze it or make cranberry preserves or Jam ,delicious on toasts.
(recipe for 4 molds,I used the small ceramic espresso cups)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries[or any berry of the season]
1 table spoon brown sugar
2 cups organic reduced fat milk(2%) or Whole milk(replacement for 2 cups of heavy cream)
4 organic egg yolks(Organic egg yolks have 25% less fat and also are rich in omega 3s)
2-3 tablespoon granulated sugar
splash of pure vanilla extract
To make the cranberry compote,cook the cranberries with 1/4 cup of water of water , until tender about 15 minutes .Add about a tablespoon of compote on the bottom of each of the molds.Set aside.
Preheat oven to 325F C.
Heat milk in microwave or on stove for 1-2 minutes until hot.Stir in the vanilla.
Whisk egg yolks with milk until smooth.Temper the yolk mixture by slowly adding half of the milk and whisking.Add the rest whisk until smooth.Pour the mixture in to the molds ,3/4th filled up. Transfer in water bath(hot water in a baking dish),bake for about 40-45 minutes,center will still be a little wobbly.Cool completely in the refrigerator about 3-4 hours.
Before serving sprinkle about 3/4th teaspoon of sugar over the molds.Caramalize the sugar by placing under broiler for about 2-3 minutes,keep a close eye to prevent burning.
A Peek under the custard.
Licked clean in less than a minute.
This is my entry for Special edition of Weekend Herb blogging , Holiday Herb blogging featuring the holiday themed recipes,hosted this week by Haalo