Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée
Crème brûlée, French for "burned cream," is a custard whose brown sugar topping is melted and crystallized under a broiler. Melting the brown sugar topping in the microwave instead and pouring it over each chilled dessert keeps the custard cold so it can be served in the classic tradition. Vanilla beans, found in the spice section in the supermarket, are worth the extra expense. Nonfat dry milk gives the custard a thick consistency.