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Creme Brulee With Sugared Grapes

3 cups whipping cream
6 egg yolks
13 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
13 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 lb green seedless grape, cut into small bunches
2 egg whites
granulated sugar
8 large strawberries, with stems on


Day before serving, over low heat, heat heavy cream in a heavy, 2 1/2 quart saucepan just until bubbles form around the edge of the pan. Remove from heat. In double boiler top, with electric mixer at medium speed, beat yolks until very thick and light. Gradually beat in 1/3 cup granulated sugar, a tablespoon at a time, beating until very thickabout 4 minutes. Gradually stir in cream, using wooden spoon. Cook, over hot, not boiling, water, stirring constantly, until thickenedabout 15 minutes. Mixture should be thick enough to form a coating on a metal spoon. Add vanilla. Strain custard into attractive 9-inch shallow baking dish, 1 inch deep, or 9-inch pie plate. Or turn into 6 (1/2 cup) individual souffle dishes. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. An hour or two before serving, set in large baking pan; surround completely with ice. Sift brown sugar through strainer evenly over surface. Run under broiler, 4 inches from heat, just until sugar melts slightly and caramelizesit forms a hard crust. Refrigerate until serving. Meanwhile, prepare frosted grapes: Wash and dry bunches of grapes on paper towels. With soft brush, coat grapes with slightly beaten egg white. Quickly roll in granulated sugar to coat well. Place on rack on tray to dry. If necessary, roll grapes in sugar to coat once again. Place in freezer a few minutes. To serve: Place creme brulee on silver platter; surround with small bunches of frosted grapes, alternating with large strawberries. Makes 8 servings. McCalls Cooking School.

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