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1-Minute Microwave Creme Brulee

Think you can’t have Creme Brulee unless you spend a boatload of coins and go to a schmancy restaurant? Think again! You can actually make mini Creme Brulees in your microwave in about a minute. Creamy, spiked with bourbon, and finished off with that classic, crispy sugared topping (no blowtorch required!) this is the perfect treat to make in those moments when you need something sweet fast, but don’t want to settle for anything less tha gourmet-licious. The best part? This recipe makes two mini creme brulees, in under one minute. So you can sit down and share with someone you love, without feeling like you’ve overindulged.

1-Minute Microwave Mini Creme Brulee

Makes 2 servings.

  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons bourbon or vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • optional: fresh berries and mint leaves for garnish

In a small bowl, microwave creme cheese for about 15 seconds, or until soft. Whisk in the egg yolk, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and the bourbon until smooth. Pour into two very-small ramekins (I used the 2″-square dip dishes from Pier One). Microwave for 25-35 seconds, or just until the center of the cream cheese mixture is set. Remove from microwave. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, mix together the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar and the maple syrup. Microwave for 10-20 seconds, until bubbly. Drizzle over creme brulees. Allow sugar topping to harden for a minute before topping with berries & mint, (if desired) and serving.

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