This is the best dessert ever. It is so easy to make and is so delicious. I have made it for the last 3 days and want to do it again. No joke. That is how good it is. Usually you'd have to have a kitchen torch to finish but I'll tell you another way if you don't have one.
8 Egg Yolks
1/3 Cup Granulated White Sugar
2 Cups Heavy Cream
1 TSP Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Raw Sugar (you can use granulated white sugar if you don't have the raw sugar)
Preheat oven to 300 Degrees (F)
In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and 1/3 cup sugar. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved. This takes time so just keep whisking. The mixture will turn a lighter yellow and is fairly thick.
Add cream and vanilla and whisk until well blended. The mixture will become a pale yellow in color.
Strain your mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a large bowl. Discard anything left inside the sieve.
Using a spoon carefully scrape off any bubble film on top of your mixture.
Divide your mixture evenly in your ramekin dishes. The amount of dishes you use will depend on the size of the ramekin dishes. We used 7 oz. dishes so we only got 5 dishes. If you use the 4 oz. you should get 6 dishes.
In a large, deep, oven safe pan (like a cake pan) place the ramekin dishes. Place hot water into the dish coming up about 3/4 of the way. (about 2"). This is the water bath.
Place dish with ramekins in it, in the oven and cook for 50 minutes. Check after the 50 minutes. You want the edges cooked but the middle still a bit jiggly.
When it's done take out of oven and set the pan with the ramekin dishes still in the water bath aside. Let them cool while still in the water bath. After they've cooled take out of the water bath and place the ramekin dishes in the fridge for at least 3 hours. You can even let them sit for a day if you'd like.
When you're ready to eat them, take them out of the fridge and sprinkle generously with the raw sugar.
Using a kitchen torch, melt the sugar. This will create a caramelized crust, which is so delicious.
If you do not have a kitchen torch you can use your broiler and set them under it for a minute to melt the sugar.
You can serve these as they are or add berries and fruits to them.