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This incredible crme brle recipe looks fancy! This dessert has creamy custard filling and a caramelized sugar topping. Top these creme brulees with fresh berries and for a delicious show-stopping dessert.
These creme brulees are the perfect make-ahead dessert. You can prepare the custard days in advance, store them in the fridge, and torch the tops with sugar just before serving! These brulees are adapted from a restaurant I used to work at where they served them alongside jam thumbprint cookies and a medley of berries. Below I’ll share the process for making these and my best tips. You can also view the entire process in the video below. Enjoy!
The first “real job” I had was working at a restaurant near my home. I ended up working there for 7 and 1/2 years — all through high right and school up until I graduated college. A lot of the employees were there just as long (or longer) than me and I made so many great friends.
One particular friend — the restaurant’s pastry chef. He made a lot of the desserts and most of the breads we served at the restaurant. One of the nicest guys ever and a through and through foodie. I often worked Saturday mornings and would go a little early to chat with him about all things pastry and bread making. He’d share his secrets and I’d listen in complete captivation.
One particular Saturday morning I asked him about his famous crme brle. I was obsessed with his crme brle and anytime I could get a dessert for free (I was always to cheap to shell out the $7-8 for one) I’d get that crme brle. He practically laughed at me when I begged for the secrets to the crme brle because he admitted it to be the easiest dessert he made. I couldn’t believe that dessert was simple to make!
But he is right! Crme brle is not an overly tricky dessert to make! Hands on time is pretty minimal relatively speaking to dessert making, although it takes a lot of patience in waiting for it to be ready. It also requires few ingredients – 5 ingredients to be exact. So, let’s break down the ever elusive crme brle and learn how to make it!
How do you make crme brle?
Can you make crme brle without a torch?
Yes! While I prefer crme brles to be caramelized with a kitchen torch, they will work in the oven! You’ll want to move your oven rack to the top heat and position the oven to a high broil. Once the oven is heated, add the custards topped with superfine sugar to a tray. Place the tray on that top shelf and watch carefully as they broil. It only takes 1-3 minutes so watch closely to avoid burned crme brles.
What is crme brle served in?
Creme brle is served in ramekins. A ramekin is a small glazed glass or ceramic bowl used for cooking individual dishes.