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Creme Brulee
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins

Creme Brulee: a classic dessert that's total perfection. Creamy vanilla custard, under a crunchy cap of caramelized sugar. Easy recipe; just 5 ingredients.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: creme brulee, creme brulee recipe, how to make creme brulee
Servings: 6
Calories: 420 kcal
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F, and place the heavy cream in a small pot.

  2. Split the vanilla bean with a sharp knife, scrape the seeds out, and place the seeds and the pod in the pot with the cream.

  3. Heat the cream over low heat.

  4. Whisk the yolks, sugar, and salt together in a medium bowl.

  5. When the cream is hot and steamy, dribble it into the yolk mixture in a slow stream while whisking.

  6. When all the cream has been added, transfer the mixture to (6) 5-ounce creme brulee dishes or ramekins.**

  7. Place the unbaked creme brulee in a larger baking dish over a kitchen towel, and fill the larger dish with very hot water until it reaches about halfway up the creme brulee dishes.

  8. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until set around the edges but still a little wobbly towards the center.

  9. Chill for 2 hours.

  10. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of granulated sugar over the tops of each creme brulee, then caramelize with a brulee torch (or under the broiler) until browned.

Recipe Notes

*2 teaspoons of vanilla extract may be substituted.  Add it after the hot cream.

**If a deeper ramekin is used, bake time may need to be extended slightly.

Nutrition Facts
Creme Brulee
Amount Per Serving
Calories 420 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 304mg101%
Sodium 45mg2%
Potassium 79mg2%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1425IU29%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.