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Sweet Potato Creme Brulee

  • Yield: 8 servings


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup, plus 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup mashed cooked sweet potatoes


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Arrange 8 (1/2-cup) ramekins or custard cups in a large metal baking pan.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat the heavy cream. Add the brown sugar, and 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar. Bring to a bare simmer over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs until frothy and lemon-colored. Slowly add 3/4 cup of the hot cream, whisking constantly. Add the egg mixture to the remaining hot cream, and whisk. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and potatoes, and whisk until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl. Divide among the prepared custard cups.
  • Add enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of the cups. Bake until the custards are just set in the center but not stiff, 45 minutes to 55 minutes. Remove from the oven and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • Sprinkle each custard with 1/2 teaspoon of the remaining sugar. Using a blow torch, caramelize the sugar. (Alternately, preheat the broiler, and broil until the sugar melts and caramelizes, watching closely to avoid burning and rotating the cups, 1 to 2 minutes.) Place on small dessert plates and serve.