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Recipe: COOKING WITH COFFEE WEEK: COFFEE CREME BRULEE

Coffee is an essential ingredient to most people's mornings. But it's also a key ingredient in some delicious recipes. This week, we'll share recipes for dishes that are made with coffee. This dessert comes from epicurious.com and was originally printed in Bon Appetit magazine in 2000.

INGREDIENTS

4 cups whipping cream

1 cup plus 8 teaspoons sugar

2 tablespoons coarsely ground espresso coffee beans

2 teaspoons instant espresso powder or coffee powder

1 cinnamon stick

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

6 large egg yolks

1 large egg

DIRECTIONS

Place eight 3/4-cup custard cups in large roasting pan. Combine cream, 1 cup sugar, ground espresso beans, instant espresso powder and cinnamon stick in heavy large saucepan. Using small sharp knife, scrape seeds from vanilla bean into mixture; add bean. Bring to boil, stirring until sugar and espresso powder dissolve. Remove from heat. Cover; let stand 30 minutes. Strain through fine sieve.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Whisk egg yolks and egg in large bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in cream mixture. Divide among custard cups in pan. Pour enough hot water into roasting pan to come halfway up sides of custard cups. Bake custards until center moves only slightly when cups are gently shaken, about 55 minutes. Remove custards from pan. Cool; refrigerate uncovered overnight.

Preheat broiler. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon sugar over each custard. Place custard cups on baking sheet. Broil until sugar is brown and caramelized, rotating baking sheet to broil evenly and watching closely to avoid burning, 1 to 2 minutes. Chill custards 1 hour. Serve.

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