Vegan Creme Brulee

This is now officially my favorite dessert. Everybody at my house loves this dish, even the dog. The smell of these Creme Brulees made my dog actually drool (without noticing, ha ha!) which was the first time I’ve seen him do that in 8 years! Wish we could have snapped a photo but we were both too interested in eating these delicious desserts.

This Creme Brulee tastes creamy and has lots of vanilla flavor, the coconut doesn’t come through in the finished dish. This is a recipe to make ahead of time or the day before because the coconut custards have to chill in the refrigerator after baking. I like to make them the day before serving.

5 oz. Full-fat Coconut Milk
1/3 cup Water
5 tablespoons Organic Cane Sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon Egg Replacer Powder (I used Ener-G)
1 1/2 tablespoon Organic Cornstarch
1/2 Vanilla Bean Caviar (scraped from the inside of half a Vanilla Bean)
1/2 teaspoon Nutritional Yeast
A Pinch of Salt
Extra Cane Sugar (for the tops)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Place all ingredients into a blender and puree for at least 30 seconds, making sure there are no powdery chunks in the liquid.
Pour the mixture into a small sauce pan, over medium-low heat and bring to a simmer. Whisk the mixture continually until it thickens, without becoming chunky (10 – 15 minutes). Test this by seeing if a thick layer will stick to a spoon or finger. It is crucial that it reaches a hot enough temperature or else it will not set properly.Get a baking dish ready, along with either 4 2-oz. ramekins or 2 4-oz. ramekins. Place the ramekins in the casserole dish and fill it with water until it is half-way up the ramekins.
Carefully pour the creme mixture into each ramekin, and transfer the dish to the oven, making sure not to splash the water.
Bake for 25-35 minutes, depending on which dish size you chose. 4-oz. ramekins will take a longer baking time. To tell if they are done baking, bump the baking dish lightly to see how much they jiggle. They should be a little jiggly, almost like jello. Remove the baking dish and let cool.
Once the ramekins are cool enough to touch, place them on a cooling rack and into the fridge for 1-2 hours, or overnight.

Coconut Vanilla Custard Pre-Brulee Sugar

When you are ready to serve them, sprinkle roughly 1-2 tsp. (depending on how wide your dish is) of sugar on top of the Creme Brulee. Using a culinary torch or oven broiler, melt the sugar until it reaches a light brown/orange color, or more if you like it burnt. Finer grain sugar melts more easily than large sugar. Once it’s caramelized, serve immediately or up to 10 minutes later.


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