Black Licorice Creme Brulee Tarts
These individual desserts, subtly infused with licorice flavor, are studies in texture. Creamy custard fills crisp, dense chocolate pastry shells, and a topping of lacy sugar crackles with each bite.
If you don't have a kitchen torch, you can use your broiler. Chill the tarts in the freezer for twenty minutes, and then place them on a baking sheet. Broil until tops are golden brown, two to three minutes. For the best results, prepare these tarts no more than one day in advance, and wait to caramelize them until just before serving. This way, the tart shells will remain firm and crumbly, and the sugary topping will keep its crunch.