Crème Brûlée

Crème Brûlée is probably one of those desserts that I will always order if it’s in the menu. Creamy silky custard with the burnt caramelized sugar on top waiting to be cracked. It’s a dessert so easy to make that one shouldn’t wait for restaurant visit to enjoy it.

What is Crème Brûlée?

Crème Brûlée is baked custard topped with granulated sugar which is blow torched to burn and caramelize. As you crack the crystalized crystal sugar with a gentle snap the creamy custard oozes out. At every spoon you get a little crunch from the burnt sugar with creamy custard! It is this contrast of texture that makes it Crème Brûlée so delightful and divine.

Crème Brûlée with fresh fruits

You need just 5 basic ingredients

  • Heavy Cream
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract

Crème Brûlée is always prepared in individual size portions and a shallow ramekin are the best choice.

Steps to prepare Crème Brûlée

In a pan warm the heavy cream with milk along with sugar. Stir around to dissolve the sugar.

Whisk the egg yolks in a separate bowl. Add ¼ cup of the warm milk to the egg yolk and whisk as you pour. This will temper the egg yolk.

Then pour the egg yolk mixture to the pot. Add vanilla extract and continue simmering for about 5 minutes or until it thickens a little.

Strain the custard and pour it in oven proof individual bowls. (VERY IMPORTANT STEP)

The casted will be baked in the oven on water bath. Place the bowls on a deep casserole. Cover the individual bowls with an aluminum foil. Pour hot water to the casserole until it reaches half way through the bowls. Bake at 300 F for 40 minutes.

Then place the bowls in the refrigerator for few hours to set.

Just before serving, add the sugar on top and caramelize it.

Caramelized sugar

How to Caramelize the sugar without a blow torch?

Once you cool the baked custard in the refrigerator for few hours. Sprinkle a layer of sugar on the custard and place the bowls on a cookie sheet. Place the cookies sheet on the top rack of the oven and broil for 5 minutes. Do keep an eye as you broil as it might take more or less time to caramelize the sugar.

Can you make Crème Brûlée eggless?

YES! Instead of egg, you can thicken the heavy cream by using corn flour instead. Eggless crème brulee doesn’t need to be baked.

You can pour the strained castard in the individual bowl and let it set in the refrigerator.

Add sugar and caramelize it before serving.

Crème Brûlée

Crème Brûlée is a delightful dessert which a beautiful texture contrast between silky card and crystalized burnt sugar. I kept the flavor simple here with vanilla extract but you can use your choice of flavors here.

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Crème Brûlée

Crème Brûlée

Yield: 4 individual portions
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 45 minutes

Crème Brulee is probably one of those desserts that I will always order if it’s in the menu. Creamy silky custard with the burnt caramelized sugar on top waiting to be cracked. It’s a dessert so easy to make that one shouldn’t wait for restaurant visit to enjoy it.

Ingredients

  • Heavy Cream - 1 cup
  • Milk - 1/2 cup
  • Sugar - 1/2 cup plus more to sprinkle on top of the baked custard for brulee
  • Egg Yolk - 4
  • Vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon

Instructions

  1. Whisk the egg yolks in a bowl
  2. Pour the heavy cream and milk to a pot and warm it. Do not boil and keep stirring to avoid the milk from getting burnt at the bottom of the pan.
  3. Once the cream is warm, switch off the heat and take out 1/4 cup of the warm cream. Pour it to the whisked egg yolk and as you pour keep whisking to avoid the egg from getting scrambled. Whisk the warm milk to the egg yolk to temper it.
  4. Then pour the egg mixture to the warm cream and turn on the heat to medium.
  5. Keep stirring for 5 minutes to thicken. Then strain the custard and pour it in 4 ramekin bowls.
  6. Preheat the oven to 300 F
  7. Cover the bowl with aluminum foil.
  8. The custard will be baked using water bath technique. So take a shallow baking dish and place the bowls in that dish. Now pour hot water to the dish until it reached half way through the bowls.
  9. Place the dish carefully in the middle rack of the preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes.
  10. Once baked, let it cool down completely in the refrigerator for at least 4 to 5 hrs or overnight.
  11. Just before serving sprinkle sugar on top of the custard and using a blow torch caramelized the sugar. If you don't have a blow torch, place the custard bowls in a cookie sheet and place it on the top rack of the oven and broil for 5 minutes. Keep as eye as your broil as it might take more or less time to caramelize.
  12. Serve right away!

Notes

Can you make Crème Brulee eggless?

YES! Instead of egg, you can thicken the heavy cream
by using corn flour instead. Eggless crème brulee doesn’t need to be baked.

You can pour the strained castard in the individual bowl and
let it set in the refrigerator.

Add sugar and caramelize it before serving.

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 323Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 272mgSodium 70mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 0gSugar 5gProtein 7g

All nutrition information presented are intended for informational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Crème Brûlée 4
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18 Comments

  • Krithi
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    Krithi
    February 12, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Wow.. It is indeed awesome… Kudos to your self-motivation!!

    http://krithiskitchen.blogspot.com

  • Manu
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    Manu
    February 12, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Yum!!!! One of my favourite desserts!!!! I love the crunchy bits! 🙂

  • yummychunklet
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    yummychunklet
    February 12, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    I’ve loved making creme brulee ever since my sister gave me a kitchen blow torch for my birthday! This individual portion recipe looks great!

  • Vimitha
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    Vimitha
    February 12, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Wow dear… Looks damn tempting…

  • Motoko
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    Motoko
    February 12, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Creme Brulee is my favorite dessert, I would like to try.

  • Priyanka
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    Priyanka
    February 12, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Its yummy…..I made one the other day and added some caramelized banana…thats when I started liking Creme Brulee…..And yours look so tempting I need one today 🙂

  • Raji
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    Raji
    February 13, 2011 at 2:19 AM

    What a nice result of watching a good movie…lovely creme brulee.

  • Amy
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    Amy
    February 13, 2011 at 2:50 AM

    Your creme brulee looks perfect and delicious! I can’t wait to go make some!

    Amy
    http://utry.it

  • sushma
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    sushma
    February 13, 2011 at 5:36 AM

    looks lovely 🙂

  • amelia
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    amelia
    February 13, 2011 at 6:13 AM

    Creme Brulee is my favorite dessert to order when I go out! Your looks delicious. 🙂
    I love that you made two servings for you…have a great day.

  • Priya
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    Priya
    February 13, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    Am an addict to this creme brulee, havent had since a long, u r tempting me with ur clicks..

  • Elyse @ The Cultural Dish
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    Elyse @ The Cultural Dish
    February 13, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Glad you decided to try the creme brulee!

  • Sandra
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    Sandra
    February 13, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    This is fantastic! Mouthwatering photos!! Yummy!

  • briarrose
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    briarrose
    February 14, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    The cook always deserves an extra serving. 😉 It’s a rule. This looks delicious. I’ve never tried to make this at home before.

  • Cheryl and Adam
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    Cheryl and Adam
    February 15, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Delicious! One of our favorite deserts. And you do deserve 2, we all do!

  • Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies
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    Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies
    February 18, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    This looks so elegant. I bet it impresses everyone you serve it to. Thanks for linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday.

  • Kiran
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    Kiran
    March 31, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Thanks for publishing this indeed an awesome dessert…

  • aarthi
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    aarthi
    August 14, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    I always want to make this…But afraid of doing it thinking whether it will set or not…Yours look way easy and better..Should try it..