Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Crème Brûlée

This unusual crème brulee presents familiar flavors and ingredients in a new way. Roasted garlic adds sweet depth to the parmesan custard to make a hauntingly delicious dish that may just become your new classic.

  • Yield: 4 servings

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4 garlic cloves, peeled

1 cup heavy cream

2 ounces freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

3 egg  yolks

1/4 teaspoon salt, divided

4 teaspoons sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place 4 (4-ounce) ramekins in a 13 x 9-inch roasting pan. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil over high heat; remove from the heat.

2. Wrap the garlic cloves in a small piece of aluminum foil. Place the packet directly on the oven rack and roast until very soft, about 35-40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool 5 minutes. Transfer the garlic to a cutting board and mash to a paste with a fork. Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F.

3. Combine the garlic and heavy cream in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add the cheese and cook, stirring, until smooth, 2-3 minutes. Lightly beat the egg yolks in a medium bowl. Whisk a small amount of the hot cream mixture into the egg yolks, then whisk in the remaining cream in 2 additions. Divide the mixture evenly among the ramekins. Pour just enough of the hot water into the roasting pan to come 3/4 of the way up the sides of the ramekins. 

3. Bake the custards until they are just set (they should slightly jiggle in the center), about 21-22 minutes. Remove from the oven then use a wide spatula to transfer the ramekins to a heatproof surface. 

4. Combine the sugar and salt in a bowl. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the 4 custards. 

5. Working with one custard at a time, move the crème brulee torch in a circular motion about 2-inches above the surface until the sugar melts and browns, about 1-2 minutes.