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A big thank you to Kim from Low Carb Maven for guest posting for Wholesome Yum while I take a break to spend time with my newborn. Today Kim is sharing her amazing keto low carb creme brulee recipe!
I’m so happy to be guest posting for Maya today as she takes some time off with her beautiful family. I blog at Low Carb Maven and while I don’t post desserts very often, I am known to have some great dessert recipes. Please enjoy.
Desserts are something I always enjoy making – whether it’s something more complicated like this great sex-in-a-pan dessert from Maya or a recipe that’s elegant in its simplicity. You can always find me tinkering in the kitchen with new and classic flavors alike. Like this delicious vanilla bean low carb creme brulee.
I can’t remember the last time I made a creme brulee. It must have been at least 10 years ago for a dinner party, soon after we brought our daughter home from China. This was back when we still had time for dinner parties. I remember her smiling and kicking her feet in pleasure with each taste. Oh how the time flies!
I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to make low carb creme brulee again, but this was my son’s first introduction. He loved it, too, and was quite put-out when all of the recipe testing was over and the desserts were gone!
Aside from this vanilla bean creme brulee, I also tested an ultra-decadent low carb chocolate truffle creme brulee. They were both fantastic and the family was thoroughly impressed.
Keto creme brulee is such an easy and elegant dessert, and vanilla is the gold standard. Who can resist the flavor and texture of this classic dessert? I know I can’t. With the regular version made with sugar, egg yolks and cream, it’s one of the easiest recipes to convert to low carb.
For this keto creme brulee recipe, I used vanilla bean powder to provide those characteristic tiny black flecks. If you have a real vanilla bean, 1/3 of the bean would suffice. You could even use 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract (to taste), if you’d rather use that. The vanilla powder was convenient to use and I loved the taste. The only thing we noticed is that the vanilla beans had the tendency to sink to the bottom of the ramekin as the dessert cooked.
Many recipes for creme brulee mention to strain the custard mixture after blending the ingredients together. I find that as long as the chalazae are removed (the tough white stringy thing that holds the yolk in the center of the egg) from the yolk, then there is no need for straining. Do whatever makes you comfortable.
The water bath is simple, just requiring that the ramekins be put into a pan or baking dish that comfortably holds them. You just need room for water to circulate half way up the sides of the ramekins. The whole dessert comes together in about 10-15 minutes and cooks for 30.
Make sure to give the low carb creme brulee at least 4 hours of chilling time, but overnight is best. It will hold in the fridge for 2-3 days, but make sure to enjoy within 5 days after cooking.
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack to the middle position. Heat water in a tea kettle until hot, but not boiling. Find a pan large enough to fit the 4 ramekins and deep enough to add water halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
Add the yolks and 1 tablespoon (14 g) of the granulated sweetener to a medium bowl. Beat well to completely break up the yolks. Remove any chalazae that remain.
- Pour the heavy cream into a small pot and add the remaining erythritol and vanilla bean powder (if using extract, add later). Place the pot over medium heat and heat, stirring occasionally with a whisk, until bubbles begin to simmer around the edge of the pot. Turn off the heat and being pouring the egg yolk into the hot cream mixture – very slowly in a thin stream, while quickly whisking all the while. Whisk in the brandy (and add the vanilla extract if you are using that instead.)
Divide the crème brulee mixture evenly between 4 ramekins. Place the ramekins into the pan and fill the pan with hot water half way up the sides of the ramekins. Carefully place the pan into the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the very enter of the crème brulee is barely jiggly.
Cool the crème brulee in the water bath for an hour before removing to a rack to cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours (overnight is better).
Before serving, sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon (2 g) sweetener over the top of each crème brulee. Melt the sweetener with a culinary torch until it caramelizes, turning brown. Alternately, add a dollop of whipped cream to the top. Serve.
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Serving size: 1 creme brulee
Nutrition Information Per Serving
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Net carb count excludes fiber, erythritol, and allulose, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. (Learn about net carbs here.) We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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