Serve this savory crème brûlée from the oven as an appetizer with a mixed green salad or as an accompaniment to steaks, roasts, or chops.
2 garlic heads
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups whipping cream
5 egg yolks
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
How to Make It
Cut off the flat end of garlic heads, and spread apart whole cloves, leaving tight outer covering intact. Trim pointed end so head will sit flat. Place garlic heads, trimmed ends down, on a sheet of aluminum foil. Drizzle with olive oil; wrap in aluminum foil. Bake at 350° for 1 hour; cool. Squeeze out pulp from each garlic clove.
Combine whipping cream and next 2 ingredients, stirring with a wire whisk until sugar dissolves and mixture is smooth. Add salt and garlic pulp; place mixture in container of an electric blender, and process until smooth. Pour mixture evenly into 5 (5- x 1-inch) round individual baking dishes; place dishes in a large roasting pan or a 15- x 10- x 1-inch jellyroll pan. Prepare 1/2-inch water bath (see Brûlée Basics below).
Bake at 275° for 40 minutes or until almost set. Cool custards in water in pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan before serving.
Note: Baking time is for 5- x 1-inch round individual baking dishes. As a general rule, to use 4-, 6-, or 8-ounce custard cups, bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes. When the crème brûlée is done, the center will still be slightly liquid and a knife will not come out clean. The yield will vary with different size dishes: For 4-ounce cups you'll get 10 servings, for 6-ounce cups you'll get 7 servings, and for 8-ounce cups you'll get 4 servings.
Don't panic when you see the term water bath. A water bath is simply a roasting pan or jellyroll pan filled with water. The water creates a cushion from the heat of the oven, allowing the custards to bake slowly without curdling.
Don't burn yourself. Before you take the water bath out of the oven, remove some of the water with a basting bulb or a long-handled ladle.