Sunday, 14 April 2013

Crème Brulée (Low Carb & Gluten Free)

This is only the second time I've had crème brulée, but the first time was so good I just had to try it again, this time à la low carb. The sad thing is, xylitol (the only sweetener I had at the time) doesn't caramelize so you don't get that crunchy, sugary top. I realized while making this that you never truely realize how bad non-low-carb desserts are for you until you see the nutrition facts. So, I decided to find a normal recipe and compare them. Oh my... I thought this recipe had a lot of carbs with 6 . 9g per serving, yet a normal recipe of crème brulée has 22 . 4g of carbs per serving! From now on I will compare my recipe to a classic recipe in nutrition facts for all you (if any one is reading this)! Now, let's get down to business, here's the recipe:

Makes 4 ramekins of crème brulée

2 cups whole milk
4 egg yolks
2 tbsps xylitol 
1/2 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350F. Heat milk in a sauce pan on medium heat until a thin layer forms on the top and bubbles are popping up. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs, xylitol, vanilla and salt. Slowly whisk in milk but not for too long or it will become bubbly. Pour into four ramekins evenly. Take a large baking dish and fill with water. Put ramekins in the water, it should come up about 1/3 of the way up the ramekin. Put into oven for 35-40 minutes. Let cool for an hour and enjoy!

Adapted from Eat. Drink. Love. blog recipe

Nutritional info (per one ramekin)

Low carb crème brulée                                    
Calories: 152
Total Fat: 7 . 8g 
Sat. Fat: 3 . 9g
Monousaturated Fat: 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 . 9g
Cholesterol: 222mg
Sodium: 95 . 8mg
Carbs: 6 . 9g 
Sugar: 6 . 9g 
Protein: 6. 7g

Classic crème brulée
Calories: 275
Total Fat: 14 . 3g
Sat. Fat: 9 . 2g
Monounsaturated Fat: 5 . 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 . 3g
Cholesterol: 250 . 5mg
Sodium:  89 . 5mg
Carbs: 22 . 4g
Sugar: 17 . 6
Protein: 5 . 7g