Rich and Creamy chocolate custard with a crisp sugar-shell top
2 cups whipping cream
2 cups half and half
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
8 large egg yolks
1/3 cup plus 8 tablespoons sugar
too yummy to care about calories!!
Preheat oven to 300°F.
Bring cream and half and half to boil in heavy large saucepan. Reduce heat to low. Add chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth. Remove from heat.
Whisk yolks and 1/3 cup sugar in large bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in hot chocolate mixture.
Divide custard among eight 3/4-cup custard cups.
Place cups in large baking pan. Add enough hot water to pan to come halfway up sides of cups.
Bake until custards are set, about 50 minutes. Remove from water; chill 2 hours. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
If you don’t have a “crème brullee torch”…Preheat broiler. Sprinkle each custard with 1 tablespoon sugar. Broil until sugar turns golden, watching closely to avoid burning, about 3 minutes.
Refrigerate until custards are set, 1 to 2 hours.