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Creme Brulee

A simple recipe for homemade Creme Brulee! Be sure to check out the recipe video at the bottom of the post! 
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Keyword creme brulee, fancy dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 4 hours
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 404kcal
Author Sam Merritt

Ingredients

TOOLS

  • 6 shallow ramekins¹ (see notes for a link to the ones I used)
  • Culinary Torch² (see notes for a link to the ones I used)
  • Instant read thermometer recommended

Creme Brulee

  • 2 cups heavy cream divided (475ml)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (66g)
  • 1/8 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
  • 1 vanilla bean³
  • 6 large egg yolks room temperature
  • Hot water
  • Additional granulated sugar for bruleeing

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300F (150C). Prepare 6 ramekins by wrapping the bottom and sides with foil (see video below or images in post for a visual, the foil should be reaching at least 2” up the sides of each ramekin to protect the creme brulee from the water bath). Set prepared ramekins inside a large roasting pan⁴ and set aside.
  • Combine 1 1/2 cups (355ml) heavy cream cream, sugar, and sea salt in a medium-sized saucepan. Split vanilla bean, scrape out seeds and add to saucepan and then toss in the vanilla bean as well. Stir mixture well and bring to boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Once mixture comes to a boil, remove from heat and allow it to cool for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine your egg yolks in a separate medium-sized bowl and whisk well.
  • Once cream has cooled, retrieve vanilla bean and discard. Pour remaining 1/2 cup (115ml) heavy cream into warm cream mixture and stir well.
  • Take approximately 1/3 cup of the cream mixture and slowly drizzle it into egg mixture while whisking yolks constantly (this gradual addition while whisking will keep the hot cream mixture from cooking your eggs)
  • While whisking, drizzle remaining cream mixture into egg yolks until mixture is combined.
  • Pour mixture through a strainer into a separate bowl.
  • Divide mixture evenly into prepared ramekins, filling each 2/3-3/4 full (do not overfill, if you have any extra mixture discard).
  • Carefully, making sure to not get get any water into the ramekins, pour hot water into the roasting pan, using enough so that the water height is about 2/3-3/4 as high as the top of the ramekins (not the foil!).
  • Carefully transfer to oven and bake on 300F (150C) for 25-35 minutes or until center is set on top but still jiggling, I recommend using an instant read thermometer to check that the temperature is at 175F (80C).
  • Gripping the foil, carefully lift each creme brulee out of the roasting pan and set on a cooling rack to cool for at least 20 minutes. Discard foil, transfer to refrigerator and allow to chill for at least 4-6 hours.
  • When ready to serve, generously sprinkle the top of each creme brulee with about 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar. Holding a culinary torch several inches from the sugar, cook the sugar (moving the torch constantly) until sugar is melted and golden browned (about 90 seconds). 
  • Serve and enjoy! 
    Hint: Creme Brulee is great topped with fresh fruit! 

Video

Notes

¹Ramekins (these are the ones I use, affiliate link). You can use ramekins of a different size but the baking time will likely vary, so keep an eye on them!
²Culinary Torch (this is the one I use, affiliate link)
³If you don't have a vanilla bean, you can substitute vanilla extract. You would use 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and stir this into your cream mixture in step 5.
⁴If you don't have a roasting pan, you can use two 9x13 pans instead.

Nutrition

Serving: 1creme brulee (assuming 2 teaspoons of sugar are used for topping each serving) | Calories: 404kcal