I’ve been itching to share this recipe with you but didn’t want to post it too close to my Sweet Potato Swirled Cheesecake with Pecan Crust. I think it’s been long enough! Sweet potato creme brulee was what got me started on my sweet potato kick. I was dining at Vic’s On The River in Savannah and despite the fact that my friend Jess and I were so full we were close to unbuttoning our pants in the dining room, we saw it on the dessert menu and couldn’t say no. And I’m glad we didn’t, because that was some seriously tasty creme brulee. Here’s a recipe so you can try it at home!
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup + 4 tsp sugar
8 egg yolks
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 cup mashed cooked sweet potatoes
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Arrange 6 4-oz ramekins in a 9×13 baking dish.
In a saucepan, combine the cream, brown sugar, and 1/4 cup sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium high, and stir to make sure the sugar dissolves. Take the pan off the heat once that sugar has dissolved.
In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks until they get frothy and light yellow:
Okay, time to temper. Whisking constantly so the eggs don’t scramble, add 3/4 cup of the hot cream to the frothy eggs. Now add the egg mixture to the remaining hot cream, and keep whisking constantly. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sweet potatoes, and whisk until smooth and combined.
Set a fine mesh sieve over a large bowl and strain the creme brulee mixture. Quick note: there will be some fibers in the sweet potatoes that won’t want to go through the sieve. If you want somewhat of a silky smooth custardy texture, don’t force the sweet potato through the sieve. Believe me, it will already impart plenty of sweet potato flavor, even with some of those fibers left behind. Pour the custard into the ramekins:
Create a bain marie by pouring boiling water halfway up the sides of the ramekins. We always cook custards in a water bath to moderate the cooking temperature and ensure that the custard never reaches a temperature higher than 212. Bake until the custards are barely set in the center, but still jiggly, about 45 minutes. Remove from the water bath and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, until thoroughly chilled.
Sprinkle each custard with 1/2 tsp sugar, and caramelize it with a blow torch, the broiler in your oven, or an iron. Enjoy!
I will be out of town for the holiday on Monday so I’ll be back with a new post on Tuesday. Have a fantastic weekend!!!
Recipe adapted from Emeril Lagasse.