Creme Brulee

Today, I just crave for some creamy dessert. Creme brulee came to my mind, a sweet crackly crust over a silky textured custard. We always remember Margie who made creme brule when she and Rajan came over for dinner a while back — it did not turn out the way she wanted it but it sure tasted heavenly sweet.

Creme Brulee literally means ‘burnt cream’ in French. Creme Brulee, pronounced as ‘krem bru lay’ is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a layer of hard caramel, created by burning sugar under a broiler or other intense heat source like kitchen blow torch. It is usually served cold in individual ramekins. The custard base is normally flavored with just vanilla, but it can be flavoured in a number of ways, with chocolate, coffee, green tea, fruit etc.

This is a recipe for a simple creme brulee, just flavoured with vanilla.



  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar


Click below for the cooking instructions.


IMG_4834_edited-1Preheat the oven to 300F degrees.In a medium sauce pan, heat the cream and vanilla to a simmer.
Remove pan from eat and let sit for 10 minutes.
IMG_4835_edited-1In a bowl, whisk together the sugar and yolks until they are a pale yellow.
IMG_4838_edited-1Whisk the cooled cream into the egg mixture, a little at a time as not to cook the egg mixture.
IMG_4840_edited-1Strain the cream/egg mixture to remove any impurities.
IMG_4844_edited-1Pour the cream/egg mixture into custard dishes or ramekins. Place the custard dishes in a large baking dish lined with a towel. Pour boiling water into the baking dish so that it comes to half way up the custard dishes. Bake for 30 minutes or until custard is firm but still wiggles.
IMG_4849_edited-1Chill the baked custard for at least one hour in the refrigerator.
IMG_4850_edited-1Top the custard with brown sugar in an even layer.
IMG_4852_edited-1Preheat the oven to broiler setting. Place the custard under the broiler until the brown sugar melts and bubbles.
IMG_4855_edited-1The melted brown sugar will form a crackly layer of caramel on top of the cool custard.

My family loves this dessert. I hope you will make this for your family and I bet they will love this too.


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  1. Debbie

    How could you do this? Putting something like that on your site is making all this surfing seem so bad for my tummy!! Thanks for the recipes….

  2. Tami

    Wow that looks so good. That is my brother’s favorite dessert. He love’s it. I think the best part about making it is torching the top.

  3. jazz coffee

    Wow great food site,I never tasted creme brulee. I’m going to try to make this one,and the salmon mayo.Stop by for a visit, here by way of bm.

  4. Suanne

    Hi Tami: You have a torch? I don’t have one but would love owning one. I simply can’t bring myself to buy something for a single purpose! 🙂

  5. sally

    when the top cracks…oh my! That thin hard sugar layer with the creme beneath!! Perfection!!

  6. Liz

    I make my crem brule with a little bailey’s irish cream… My family loves it

  7. Mysti

    I love the smell of creme brulee… the creme brulee secented candles are so yummy, they fill up your house with flavor! 🙂

  8. Grins

    Yum, it has been over a year since I made creme brulee

  9. Suanne

    Hi Jazz Coffee: Tell me how your creme brulee turns out.

  10. Sammy

    Hmm…. that looks good i’ve never had creme brulee before but in thinking about making it for my french class

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