Hip Hip Brulee! 104-Calorie Creme Brulee

"Found this recipe on another site and wanted to share it with all those who want a desert that is delicious and LOW in Calories! This calorie-cutting custard is creamy enough to satisfy even the PICKIEST creme brulee fans, so get ready to INDULGE! ! POINTS® value 2*"
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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • In a medium pot, combine milk, half & half, and brown sugar.
  • Bring to medium heat on the stove.
  • Stir and cook until the sugar has dissolved and mixture is hot.
  • Stir in the powdered creamer, blending well.
  • Remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl, mix the egg substitute and vanilla extract together.
  • Gradually whisk in the hot milk mixture.
  • Set four 4-ounce baking ramekins or custard cups in a deep baking dish.
  • Evenly distribute the custard mixture into the cups.
  • Carefully pour hot water into the baking dish, around the cups, being careful not to splash any water into the custard (or on yourself!). The water should come about halfway up the outsides of the custard cups.
  • Carefully transfer pan to the oven, and bake for about 28 minutes, until custards are set.
  • Remove from the oven, allow to cool, and then refrigerate custard cups until completely chilled.
  • Once ready to serve, top each custard cup with 1 teaspoons white sugar.
  • Using a hand-held butane kitchen torch, caramelize the sugar (in other words, blast with fire 'til browned).
  • Enjoy!

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  1. this is awsome and hits the spot just right...thanks so so much!!! i think i over cooked it just a tad, and it turned like a flan, not creamy as a creme brulee but still super super!!
  2. Absolutely delicious. I had forgotten how much I enjoy creme brulee, and was so happy to choose this recipe to return to making it again. And thnx, dojemi, for making it lower calorie. I can now enjoy it with no guilt! Made for New Kids on the Block recipe tag game.
  3. A guilt-free alternative to the high calorie, high fat, "real" thing. I'm sure there are purists out there who will say just eat less of the full-fat, full-calorie recipe. You go ahead, I'll stick with this recipe. It's easy, delicious, and satisfies my craving for Creme Brulée. I do suggest adding a pinch of salt to the heated milk mixture. The crunchy sugar topping makes this a winner!


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