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Chef Meg's Cranberry-Orange Creme Brulee


Creme Brulee is the fanciest of fancy desserts, and this recipe is no different! Using orange juice, orange zest, and cranberries for flavor, as well as a combination of skim milk and half-and-half for creaminess, SparkPeople chef Meg Galvin, who's the author of The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight, has found the perfect combination of decadent and healthy for a dessert that only feels sinful. Read on for the recipe below!

Chef Meg's Cranberry-Orange Creme Brulee

Minutes to Prepare: 10
Minutes to Cook: 30
Number of Servings: 8

Cranberry Compote:
 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

1 orange, zested and juiced(divided)

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 cup water

1 cup skim milk

1 cup half and half

4 whole eggs

1/4 cup sugar

Sugar crust:
 4 teaspoons sugar

Prepare the cranberry compote: Place the cranberries, 1 tablespoon of the orange zest, the sugar and water in saucepan set over moderate heat. Simmer for 15 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

3. Place the milk, half-and-half, and two teaspoons of orange zest in a small saucepan set over moderate heat, and bring to a simmer. 

4. While the dairy mixture is heating up, whisk together the eggs, one tablespoon of orange juice, and sugar in a medium bowl. 

5. When the dairy mixture reaches a simmer, remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh strainer into egg mixture, whisking to combine. 
Place 2 tablespoons of compote into the bottom of 8 ramekins, or small, ovenproof teacups.

6. Carefully pour a half-cup of custard over the compote in each dish. Fill a large baking pan (9x13") or two medium size pans 1/3 way up with hot water to create a water bath. Set the filled cups into the baking pans.

7. Bake 26-28 minutes, until the custard is slightly set around the sides of the dishes.

8. Remove the pan(s) from the oven and transfer to a sheet tray. Once the dishes are slightly cooled, cover each one with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 4 hours and up to 2 days.

NOTE: Allow the ramekins to come to room temperature before placing under the broiler. 

Sprinkle each cup with 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. Place under the broiler with the door ajar (timing will vary greatly by variety of oven, distance from the heat, etc.) or use a kitchen torch to brown sugar. Cool slightly before serving. 

Makes 8 servings, with a half-cup of custard and 2 tablespoons of compote for each serving.


More from SparkRecipes:
Chef Meg's Mini Apple Tarts
Chef Meg's Nutty Baked Apple with Raisins
Chef Meg's Petite Pecan Tarts
Chef Meg's Sweet Potato Tarts
Chef Meg's Spice Cookies


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