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Espresso crème brûlée with hazelnut ice-cream

You'll need

375 ml (1½ cups) pouring cream 125 ml (½ cup) milk 150 gm caster sugar, plus extra for dusting 50 ml espresso strength coffee 9 egg yolks   Hazelnut ice-cream 5 egg yolks 100 gm caster sugar 250 ml (1 cup) pouring cream 200 ml milk 30 gm (1 tbsp) chocolate-hazelnut spread, such as Nutella


  • 01
  • For hazelnut ice-cream, whisk yolks and sugar in a bowl until thick and pale. Set aside. Combine cream, milk and chocolate-hazelnut spread in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring to dissolve (3-5 minutes). Bring just to the boil, then gradually pour over egg yolk mixture, whisking to combine. Return to a clean pan and stir over medium heat without boiling until mixture thickly coats the back of a spoon (10-12 minutes). Refrigerate until chilled, then freeze in an ice-cream machine according to manufacturer’s instructions. Makes about 750ml and will keep in freezer for up to 2 weeks.
  • 02
  • Preheat oven to 140C. Combine cream, milk, sugar and espresso in a saucepan and stir over medium heat to dissolve sugar, then bring almost to the boil (5-7 minutes). Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks in a bowl until frothy. Whisking continuously, add half the hot cream mixture, then stir in remaining. Strain through a fine sieve into a jug, then divide among four 1 cup-capacity shallow ovenproof dishes. Place dishes in a roasting pan, fill with enough cold water to come almost to the top of the outsides of dishes. Bake until just set (35-45 minutes). Remove dishes from pan, cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until completely chilled (3-3½ hours).
  • 03
  • To serve, scatter an even layer of caster sugar over custards then, using a blowtorch, caramelise sugar. Serve immediately with hazelnut ice-cream.

"We had a beautiful dinner at Sydney's Harbourkitchen&bar. Could chef Alessandro Pavoni please share the delectable espresso crème brûlée recipe? It was so good."
Thao Le, Carnegie, Vic

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  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

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