Décor and Delicacies for the Perfect Date Night on the Dock

Vanilla-Bourbon Crème Brûlée
Serves 2
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  1. 4 egg yolks
  2. 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  3. 1⁄4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  4. 2 tablespoons bourbon
  5. 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped and reserved
  6. 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  7. 2 strawberry slices
  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine cream, ¼ cup sugar, bourbon, reserved vanilla bean seeds, and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat; do not boil. Slowly add cream mixture to egg yolks, whisking constantly. Skim off any foam on top of custard. Evenly divide custard mixture between 2 (8-ounce) custard cups. Place cups in a 13x9-inch baking dish. Pour enough hot water to come halfway up sides of custard cups. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes or until centers are set. Loosely shield with aluminum foil if custards begin to brown. Carefully remove custard cups from hot water. Let cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Cover, and refrigerate for 4 hours to overnight.
  4. To serve, place 1 slice strawberry in center of each custard cup. Sprinkle remaining 1 tablespoon sugar over custards. Caramelize sugar, using a kitchen torch, or place under broiler for 1 to 2 minutes or until sugar is melted.
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