Easy Saffron Creme Brulee

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min (includes chilling and setting time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

2 cups half-and-half

1 pinch saffron (about 12 threads) 

One 3.4-ounce package instant vanilla pudding 

6 teaspoons sugar 

Directions

Special equipment:
four 6-ounce ramekins; a kitchen torch
  1. Bring the half-and-half and saffron to a bare simmer in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and refrigerate until cold.
  2. Add the vanilla pudding powder to the chilled half-and-half and whisk until smooth. Divide the mixture evenly among four 6-ounce ramekins and let set for 10 minutes (or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 1 day).
  3. Sprinkle the sugar evenly on top of the pudding (1 1/2 teaspoons per ramekin). Use a kitchen torch to caramelize the sugar, then let set until hard, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately.
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