Sweet Potato Creme Brûlée
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Every now and then I surprise y’all with a short and sweet post, where I don’t go on and on about life, happiness, learning to find joy, or surviving raising kids. Every now and then. If you enjoy those posts or if you just like to get to cooking, today is your lucky day because I’m trying to clean my house for Thanksgiving so I don’t have the time I’d like to visit with you all proper-like.
I just had to bring you this dish though. Diehard Sweet Potato fans will fall in love when their standard dish is topped with a decadent brûlée, and single guys and gals who make this will end the meal with a marriage proposal, possibly more than one!
This recipe is going to seem long and drawn out, especially compared to my usual ones, but it really is simple if you just look at the steps. I make this a day ahead of time and then just sprinkle the topping on and put it under the broiler just before serving, so it’s even easier.
…and don’t ask me how I know this, but if there is just a smidgeon left, it makes a great breakfast eaten cold right from the baking dish. A little birdie told me
You’ll need: Two large sweet baked sweet potatoes, melted butter, vanilla, cinnamon, light brown sugar, whipping cream, sugar, and eggs.
You won’t need this many eggs but they’d made friends in the fridge and I hated to separate them until I absolutely had to. Some of these eggs spent their last moments together. ~sniff~
I bake my sweet potatoes a day or so ahead of time and stick in the fridge. Doing it that way, the skin just pulls right off easily and sweet potatoes that are baked in the oven, in their skins, have more flavor than when you peel and slice them and cook them in water..
Either way, get the skin off and place in a large mixing bowl with cinnamon, sugar, melted butter, and two eggs.
If you just got done cooking your sweet potatoes before this step, make sure they’re cool because if they are really hot when you do this, they’ll cook the eggs.
Mix that up really good with an electric mixer until well combined and no longer lumpy.
Spread into the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish and set aside.
Combine your egg yolks, whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla in a medium heavy sauce pot.
Note: You’ll have some egg whites left over from this recipe. I just put those in a mason jar and stick it in the fridge because if you’re making Thanksgiving dinner you’re sure to need them to make meringue on a pie
Whisk your ingredients together really well until combined and smooth.
Place this post over medium low heat and whisk constantly just until warmed and your sugar is dissolved, about five minutes.
Or, as I always say, until you’re tired of fooling with it.
It will look like this and still be very very runny.
Using a measuring cup, gently scoop and pour the cream mixture over your sweet potatoes.
Place your 8×8 in a larger dish and fill it with water until it is at least one inch deep.
*You can use a metal 9×13 inch pan for the larger dish or any type of oven proof pan that is big enough to accommodate your 8×8 pan and an inch or so of water.
Bake this at 325 for about an hour, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out almost clean. This won’t be set in the center by then, but most of the dish will be set except for the middle, meaning there will just be a little bit of a jiggle in the center.
Carefully remove from oven and allow to cool by placing dish on heavy dish towels or a wire rack.
Once cool, cover with foil and refrigerate for several hours, or overnight.
I make this the day before Thanksgiving.
*I always get compliments when I use these dishes so I’ma go ahead and tell ya that I got them at Sam’s Club for $19.99. The set came with a 9×13, 8×8, and a loaf pan. Some places still have them but mine was sold out last time I went there. They featured them in their Christmas flyer though, so they may be getting more in.
About half an hour before your meal, remove from fridge and let sit on your counter for about 30 minutes.
Turn your oven to low broil and sprinkle brown sugar over the top.
Place in oven, about 5 inches from your broiler, for 5-7 minutes, or until most of the sugar is melted.
Watch this constantly as different ovens cook at different speeds on broil but it will always go faster than you think!
Allow to sit for five minutes before serving to allow sugar to harden. Enjoy!! I sure do!
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