Combine the first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan. Heat mixture over medium heat to 180° or until tiny bubbles form around edge (do not boil), stirring occasionally. Remove milk mixture from heat. Cover and steep 30 minutes. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean into milk mixture; reserve bean for another use.
Preheat oven to 300°.
Combine 1/4 cup sugar, egg yolks, and salt in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Gradually add milk mixture to egg yolk mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Strain mixture through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids.
Divide the mixture evenly among 4 (4-ounce) ramekins, custard cups, or shallow baking dishes. Place ramekins in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan; add hot water to pan to a depth of 1 inch.
Bake at 300° for 25 minutes or until center barely moves when ramekin is touched. Remove ramekins from the pan; cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or overnight.
Sift 1 tablespoon sugar evenly over each custard. Holding a kitchen blow torch about 2 inches from the top of each custard, heat the sugar, moving the torch back and forth, until sugar is completely melted and caramelized (about 1 minute). Serve crème brûlée immediately or within 1 hour.
Note: If you don't have a kitchen blow torch, you can make the sugar topping on the stovetop. Place 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon water in a small, heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat 5 to 8 minutes or until golden. (Resist the urge to stir, since doing so may cause the sugar to crystallize.) Immediately pour the sugar mixture evenly over cold custards, spreading to form a thin layer.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (289g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 326 (64%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 36.3g||48 %|
|Saturated Fat 13.1g||66 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 16g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 5.7g|
|Cholesterol 1682.7mg||518 %|
|Sodium 7162.1mg||247 %|
|Potassium 553.3mg||15 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 16.6g||5 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0 %|
|Sugars, other 16.6g|
|Protein 29.7g||42 %|
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Calories per serving: 513
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