I made this dish for Valentine’s Day. I spent so much time cooking the rest of the dinner that I did not have time to prepare dessert. Then I remembered this recipe. It is a good thing that I had all the ingredients on hand. This dessert was done in a jiffy.
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 brulee. Allow sugar topping to harden for a minute before topping with berries & mint, (if desired) and serving.
If you have a torch, you can just sprinkle the creme brulee with sugar and torch it until the sugar caralemizes.
* Adapted from Yahoo Shine Food of February 2013