Creme brulee recipe

Creme brulee

Is quick and easy to make, although

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!

Crme Brle

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?

  • Make the custard filling: the custard filling is two parts. First, you’ll beat egg yolks and vanilla bean seeds with sugar. I like to use organic eggs for crme brles. Since the yolks are what give color to the crme brles you’ll want really pretty yellow yolks (which I’ve found come from organic eggs). The other part of the filling is the heavy cream mixture. I add some flaky sea salt and the pod of a vanilla bean to the simmering heavy cream mixture. This crme brle recipe calls for a full vanilla bean and you’ll use both parts of it — the seeds and the pod (which still has plenty of flavor). I definitely prefer using a vanilla bean in this recipe because it adds the pretty black specks (which are the vanilla beans) and an incredible flavor. If you can’t get a vanilla bean, you can use pure vanilla extract.
  • Bake the custard filling: You’ll combine the heavy cream mixture and egg mixture by tempering the eggs. Once combined you’re ready to pour this mixture into the ramekins. The pan surrounding the ramekins is filled with boiling water and baked for 30-35 minutes or until the centers slightly jiggle.
  • Chill the crme brles. Once baked, you’ll chill the crme brles for 3-4 hours. (The hardest part of making these! ) And once they’ve been sufficiently chilled, it’s time for the fun part! Add some superfine sugar (which caramelizes better) to the tops of your custards and torch the with a kitchen torch!
  • 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.