Maple Tea Brulee

Maple Tea Brulee

While you wait for April showers to bring May flowers, kick back and relax with this soothing maple tea brûlée. A healthier sibling of crème brûlée, this recipe combines awakening spring flavors with comforting warmth. Garnish this light dessert with oranges and fresh seasonal berries for a unique twist. This recipe makes four servings, so don’t forget to share.

yield: 4
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Ingredients

2 tablespoons loose Earl Grey tea leaves (or 3 tea bags)
1/2 cup cold water
1-1/3 cups half-and-half or light cream
3 tablespoons Grade A pure maple syrup from Canada
4 egg yolks
3 tablespoons maple sugar
Garnish: Orange slices, blueberries, raspberries and mint leaves
 

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Bring a kettle or pot of water to a boil. Place four 5-ounce baking dishes or ramekins in a metal baking pan; set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring water to a light boil; add tea leaves, turn off heat and allow to steep 5 minutes.
  3. Strain the tea and discard leaves or bags. In a medium saucepan, stir the tea, half-and-half and maple syrup. Cook on low until warm (105°F).
  4. Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks in a large bowl. Whisk 1 tablespoon of the warm tea mixture into the egg yolks; whisk in another 2 tablespoons, then gradually whisk in remaining tea mixture.
  5. Divide evenly into the four baking dishes. Place custards, still in the baking pan, in the oven; add enough boiling water to the baking pan to come halfway up the sides of the dishes. Bake just until set, 25-30 minutes.
  6. Use tongs to remove dishes from pan. Place on wire rack to cool 1 hour. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours (up to 24 hours) to chill thoroughly.
  7. Sprinkle about 2 teaspoons maple sugar in an even layer on top of each of the cold custards; broil 3 inches from heat until sugar bubbles and turns amber, 3 to 5 minutes. Garnish with mint leaves and fruit; serve immediately.
 
Pure Maple Syrup
The natural sweetener offers a variety of flavor components, including; nutty, vanilla, coffee, floral and spicy flavors.floral and spicy
maple recipes
The natural sweetener offers a variety of flavor components, including; nutty, vanilla, coffee, floral and spicy flavors.floral and spicy flavors.
Benefits of Maple
Based on Research by the Canadian Nutrient File (Health Canada), maple syrups's nutritional value is superior to other common sweateners, such as honey, sugar, and even brown sugar.