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Creme Brûlée

Posted By Chef in Training On December 27, 2012 @ 5:00 am In custard,dessert | 33 Comments

Do you have that one dessert, that when you see it, your heart skips a beat? That one that makes you have to closely monitor yourself to make sure you are not drooling in front of everyone? The one you catch yourself dreaming and day-dreaming about?

That is Creme Brûlée for me.

Typically, I am a chocolate girl through and through… and while Chili’s Hot Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes (not sure if that is even its correct name, that is just what I call it) places a close second, I just LOVE Creme brûlée! 

I recently purchased a torch, PURELY for the purpose of making my own Creme Brûlée!… Of course I will use it for other things, but Creme Brûlée has been on the mind lately and I couldn’t wait to try making it myself. It turned out fantastic. Seriously when you take a bite of this, it will be make you feel like you are eating a million bucks! Each and every bite is so creamy, rich and sweet. The top is crisped over with the melted sugar and adds such a nice touch to the creamy custard.  Make this, because you will be so happy you did.

This recipe is still delicious even if you don’t have a torch to caramelize sugar on top. In fact, my husband prefers it without. Go figure :)

Creme Brûlée

By Chef in Training Published: December 27, 2012

  • Yield: 6 Servings

This is one of THE BEST Creme Brûlées I have ever had! Melt in your mouth delicious!



  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine heavy cream, and vanilla. Stir constantly over medium heat, for about 7-8 minutes until mixture starts to bubble, close to a simmer.
  3. Remove saucepan from heat. Cover and let set for 15 minutes.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup sugar and the egg yolks until well blended and it just starts to lighten in color. Add the cream a little at a time, stirring continually until all is combined.
  5. Pour the liquid into 6 (7 to 8-ounce) ramekins. Place the ramekins into a large cake pan. Pour enough hot water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees F, just until the creme brulee is set, but still trembling in the center. Bake approximately 40 to 45 minutes.
  7. Remove the ramekins from pan and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days.
  8. Remove the creme brûlée from the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes prior to browning the sugar on top.
  9. Divide the remaining 1/2 cup sugar equally among the 6 dishes and spread evenly on top. Using a torch, melt the sugar and form a crispy and browned top. The Creme Brûlée needs to sit at least 5 minutes before serving.

(recipe slightly adapted from Food Network

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