Crème Brulee

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OG Creme Brulee-a simple and easy to follow recipe

OG Creme Brulee-a simple and easy to follow recipe
OG Creme Brulee-a simple and easy to follow recipe

OG Creme Brulee-a simple and easy to follow recipe

 Crème Brulee

This weekend I tackled the oh so delicious Crème Brulee! It is a lot easier than you might think and if I can do it, you can do it as well! The custard is made with real vanilla bean and top crust is perfectly crunchy just like they make it at those fancy restaurants I can never afford!

Confession time: every now and then a recipe will come along that really intimidates me. I try to avoid the inevitable self-doubt and just tell myself that if worst comes to worst we can just order take-out if I completely mess things up. But as you know, with self-doubt comes complete relief when a recipe turns out AMAZING. That’s how it was with making Crème Brulee.

So when the time came to finally make Crème Brulee, I got over my silly doubts and fears and completely crushed it. I’m telling you, it was a lot EASIER than I thought it would be! As it turns out, Crème Brulee only requires a few ingredients and the process is really simple.

As I usually mention in post, I like to be really prepared when making a new recipe. I research techniques, compare and contrast ingredients from different recipes, the list goes on and on. So here’s what I learned. FIRST this recipe calls for a lot of down time so make before dinner since you have to let it chill and come back to room temp which takes 2.5 hours. SECOND have the necessary tools like a torch and ramekinsTHIRD trust the process of this recipe. You must put the ramekins in a “bath” and let the custard come to room temp before melting your sugar. Disaster will ensue if you ignore these rules!

Once you master Crème Brulee (which you will!) everyone you know will be asking for this dessert. It’s perfect for date night in or a fun dinner party. The recipe makes 6 servings so its perfect for sharing or storing in the fridge for another time.

 

Crème Brulee Recipe


 

OG Creme Brulee-a simple and easy to follow recipe

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 16 oz Heavy Cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or whole vanilla bean)
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 Cup Sugar (divided)

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Preheat your oven to 325*F
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring heavy cream to boil. Remove from heat once it comes to a boil and let sit for 20 minutes then add vanilla extract (or scrapings of one vanilla bean)
  3. In a mixing bowl or stand mixer, beat egg yolks and 1/2 cup sugar until fully mixed together (about 3 minutes)
  4. Slowly add in the heavy cream mixture and whisk for another 3 minutes
  5. Pour contents into 6 8oz ramekin dishes
  6. Place ramekins into a large cake dish or roasting pan. Fill the pan with water and stop when it reaches half way up the ramekin dishes. This ensures the custard doesn’t cook too quickly
  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes. The center should be jiggly and the edges firm
  8. Place ramekins in the fridge and let cool for at least 2 hours
  9. Take out ramekins and let sit out for 30 minutes
  10. Top each ramekin with enough sugar to evenly coat the top (you may need more sugar if eating all 6 at once)
  11. With a torch, brown the sugar until it is fully melted (not burnt) and forms a nice, crispy top

Recipe adapted from Alton Brown

 

The EASIEST Crème Brulee Recipe

 

 

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73 Comments

  1. Wow, these look fantastic! I’ve never tried creme brûlée, but maybe I should!

  2. That looks so delicious! Creme brulee is one of my favorite desserts. It is just Heavenly.

  3. These turned out great! I like creme brûlée but have never tried to make it myself. I’m pinning this for later.

  4. Goodness, creme brulee is one of my favorite desserts. I tried to make a creme brulee pie and regular custards last Thanksgiving but could not get the custard firm enough, nor the sugary crust crunchy enough! I have to try your recipe this time.

  5. I love creme brulee, but have never attempted to make it! These pics are just beautiful!

  6. Wow these photos are gorgeous. I love creme brulee, but have never made my own. I need to check out your recipe.

  7. I love crème brulee and have got to try this recipe! I do have the torch that was given to me for a hostess gift last year and I never used it. I no longer have an excuse. This is too delicious not to try it and perfect it for the holidays!

  8. Creme Brulee is my all time favorite dessert!!! My daughter has been making it for a long time and you are so spot on – it IS super easy to make! Gawd now I want some!!

  9. As I am obsessed with all things French, I absolutely love creme brulee, but it sounded so intimidating to make! Your tips about trusting the process make sense. They were designed that way for a reason! I actually have everything besides the heavy cream, so I am going to have to try to make these!

  10. This looks delicious! Surprisingly, I’ve never made or tried creme brulee, but I’m always jumping on the creme brulee candle scents! haha! I really do need to try this sometime, especially now that I have a recipe!

  11. I have never tried this before but have always wanted to! It looks a lot easier than I was expecting!

  12. Ditto! It seems intimidating, but actually is quite easy. I first tried making creme brûlée a few years ago and felt so “accomplished” when it turned out like it was supposed to. The fun part was that I got a torch for Christmas b/c my family loved that final process of burning the sugar. (nothing like a fire in the house to make it feel special for boys!)

  13. I love making creme brulee! It’s really handy that you can keep it in the fridge until it’s time to melt the sugar. I totally get where you’re coming from with being intimidated!

  14. I have never tried creme-brulee before but I had no idea it only took 4 ingredients! Oh my goodness! Definitely going to try this.

  15. This dessert sounds and looks amazing, almost too perfect to eat. I have had it several times and absolutely love it. The trick is trying to master it myself. I might have to do it this holiday season and surprise my family and friends.

  16. Oh, I love creme brulee! I’ve never tried making it myself and can’t imagine it coming out as professional looking as yours. It looks amazing!

  17. I have never had creme brulee before. It looks really delicious and something I would like to try. It doesn’t look that difficult. Maybe I can try it for Thanksgiving.

  18. This looks so delicious! Your images capture this lovely dessert so well! I admit I’m intimidated by this recipe too!

  19. I never had a torch to make creme brulee until recently. Now that I do, I’ve got to make some. This looks so good, and it sounds simple!

  20. This is one of my favorite desserts to get in a fancy restaraunt. I’d never thought of making it myself.

  21. This of my favorite fancy desserts. I never thought I could make it at home. You make it look so easy.

  22. Oh my!! These Creme Brûlées look AMAZING!! I would love to make these one day, they are so intimidating!!

  23. This recipe is intimidating! I can’t believe it’s easy to make. Thanks for the recipe and thanks for the encouragement as well. I’d love to make this for the kids.

  24. I see why it is so intimidating, it’s an exact science! But it looks delicious, and I’d love to give it a try. I sometimes also take risks and sometimes failed miserably 😀 but there’s always a learning lesson! By the way, your photos are beautiful!

  25. I’ve never had actual creme brulee but I love it in coffee creamer flavor. I may just have to make this yummy looking dessert soon.

  26. Victoria Heckstall

    This is my old time favorite dessert. I really love Creme brulee. I will definitely make this on weekends.

  27. This is my dads favorite dessert and his birthday is next month so I might be giving this a shot! 😃

  28. Love your flat lay photos! This post makes it seem that making creme brulee is easy to do. Now I feel more inspired to try the recipe. I have all the ingredients ready.

  29. My husband isn’t much of a sweets person (it’s hard, but I love him anyway). But crème brulee is his absolute favorite. Can’t wait to make it at home and surprise him

  30. Crème brûlée is one of my most favorite desert. Thanks for sharing. I’ll try it at home tonight.

  31. I used to feel the same way about making this delicious treat! But once I put my big girl panties on and decided to tackle it, I too realized there’s nothing to be afraid of, lol. I love this post and it’s a super versatile recipe to play with in respects to flavor options too 😉

  32. I love the way you encourage and empower us to be able to make the recipe. I did not know that Creme Brulee had so few ingredients. My husband loves creme brulee so I am sure he would be thrilled if I made it one day for him. Your dish came out so beautiful! I just need to get a torch to make this.

  33. this is my all time favorite desert! i am obsessed xoxo toby

  34. These really simplifies this recipe! I love the idea of making it but it always seemed so out of my realm of possibilities until now!

  35. This is one of my favorite desserts when I go out! I thought it would be harder to make but it seems so simple and doable.

  36. Oh wow! That looks amazingly delicious!! I just love creme brulee.

  37. I don’t think I have ever actually had creme brulee before. This looks so good though. Looks like I need to make some soon.

  38. Oh I LOVE Crème Brulee, such a simple dessert but if it’s made well, the very best dessert going!

  39. My very favorite dessert to enjoy on a special night out. I have never tried to make it on my own but seeing your recipe has me wanting to try. It looks a lot easier than I thought ti would be to make. I might need to try this soon! SO GOOD!

  40. That’s great you went for the recipe that intimidated you. Flops are just a part of creating. Obviously, this was a success. Looks yummy.

  41. I have always wondered what exactly was creme brulee. I’ve never had it, but have heard so many great and delicious things about it. I plan to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  42. This recipe sounds so easy as there’s little ingredients. But I don’t think I could ever attempt it. Maybe one day once I perfect my red velvet cake lol

  43. Congratulations on mastering your fears! I love that you challenged yourself and managed to create a beautiful creme brulee that has me wanting to lick the screen. It looks delicious.

  44. I’ve never made creme brûlée before – I’m kind of like you and I’ve been a bit intimidated by it. I’ll have to try it out now!
    I’d love to chat with you sometime, I believe we might have a lot in common!

  45. Love your shots of your dishes – so enticing!

  46. Creme Brulee is one of my favorite things to order when we’re out in a restaurant. It’s just so good when it is done right. I have never thought to try to make it myself. Doesn’t sound hard at all.

  47. You now when you see a recipe and even though you’ve never had it you know you’re going to love it just because of the photo? That’s this! I’be never had creme brulee but I may have to try some now!

  48. This looks absolutely delicious and your photos are pristine!

  49. Yummy! I love Creme Brulee but never made my own, because same – looks so confusing to me! Can’t believe that it’s actually so simple to make. Thanks for sharing <3 now I want to try and cook some.
    Oh and your photography is just stunning, I love the composition and the golden spoons detail!

  50. You nailed it and they look delicious. I’ve only tried some creme brûlée once.

  51. That looks super tasty and maybe I need to try this . Thank you!

  52. Always room for dessert! Gotta try this recipe this weekend! xx

  53. I’m obsessed with creme brûlée but have never tried making it. I’m going to try your recipe tomorrow.

  54. I definitely have to share your recipe with a friend of mind who loves custard. This would be a great treat for them. Maybe I’ll make the recipe as a surprise.

  55. This is one of my favorite desserts. Especially when it has a lot of cream. I loved it.

  56. Angela Ricardo Bethea

    This Creme brulee looks delicious and tasty. Maybe I need to try this kind of dessert.

  57. This weekend I’m going to buy a torch, just so I can do a perfect creme brulee. This recipe looks absolutely amazing, can’t wait to try it out.

  58. Creme brulee is a favourite of mine and my daughter’s but I’ve never made it myself before. It sounds like something I could actually tackle so I’ll have to give it a try.

  59. That looks scrumptious! I love how simple and elegant a dessert that Creme Brulee is. Perfect for a dinner party.

  60. Creme brulee is absolutely one of my favorite things. This recipe looks amazing. I think I may have to pass this one on to my roommate. I have not patience at all. She will be the one to prefect it in this house! I can’t wait to share it with her!

  61. Wow, who knew! I’m glad it was easier to make than you thought it would be. It so has that very hard to make and fancy dessert appeal. Glad to know that I too can create this deliciousness at home.

  62. I have had a lot of different desserts that have incorporated the crème brulee flavor, but I haven’t actually had the real thing. I can’t believe there are only 4 ingredients used in the recipe. I bet it’s fun to use the torch at the end of making this sweet treat.

  63. I love creme brûlée, but I’ve never tried making it myself. I totally wanna try making this recipe sometime!

  64. When my kiddo was 2, he proclaimed creme brulee to be his favorite dessert! 🙂 That shows how much our family loves this treat 🙂

  65. Awesome dessert, i have tried many desserts but haven’t tried this and from the pictures it make wanna try it xp, thank you for sharing definitely gonna try it :))

  66. I enjoy the taste of creme brulee, but have never made it myself. I believe I have almost all the ingredients on hand. I just need to pick up some heavy cream before I can make it for myself.

  67. Your Crème Brulee looks incredibly delicious, mouth-watering and makes me hungry. It could be my perfect Fall recipe!

  68. I love creme brulee but this recipe looks particularly delicious.

  69. Oh my, this looks delicious! Believe it or not, I honestly don’t remember if I’ve ever had this dessert before! It certainly seems like one I would enjoy, because I do like custard, and this looks similar with similar ingredients.

  70. Oh my gosh, this looks so delicious! I’m still debating whether to get gold cutlery for my kitchen – it looks so cute in your photos!

  71. I love creme brûlée but always think I will not be able to make it taste as good as a bought one but with his great step by step I will give it ago

  72. Creme brulee is one of my absolute favorite desserts. Your recipe sounds just perfect. I’m going to try it for our next dinner party – may a trial run first to make sure I get the hang of it!

  73. I have made some creme brulee in the past. It can be a bit intimidating for sure. But it does come out delicious. I do love it. I’ll have to try this recipe.