Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Classic Creme Brulee

Crème brûlée is one of the kids’ favourite dessert. I made this last Sunday after Ashton’s constant requests for the past few weeks.

The smooth creamy custard contrasts very nicely with the crunch of the hardened sugar topping. A delightful dessert that will impress your guests, crème brûlée is actually quite simple to make and very cost effective compared to having it in the restaurant.

This recipe is the classic version of crème brûlée which has a very nice vanilla custard flavour. Fresh fruit is a very nice accompaniment.


4 cups heavy cream
8 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 150° C.

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine cream and 1/2 cup sugar. Cook while stirring until cream just begins to bubble (about 4-5 minutes).

In a bowl, beat egg yolks and vanilla until well blended. Yolks will become a light yellow.

Gradually pour hot cream into yolks, stirring constantly. If the mixture looks a bit grainy, strain mixture through a sieve set over a bowl.

Pour the custard into ramekins and place them in a baking dish. Add hot water to fill pan halfway up the side of the ramekins.

Bake until set, about 40-45 minutes, until custard is mostly firm but the centers of the custards shake gently when tapped.

Remove from the oven and allow the ramekins to cool slightly. Remove the ramekins from the pan and refrigerate overnight.

Just before serving, sprinkle the custards with brown sugar and caramelize the topping using a blow torch.

Serve on its own or top finished custards with fresh berries, mango or peach slices, or other fresh fruit.


  1. Replies
    1. It's nice... but i will feel guilty everytime after having this... need to work out doubly hard the next day... :)

  2. And now you are tempting me with your creme brulee! I loves this but yet to make this myself.

    1. LOL... ginger creme brulee?

      On a serious note, you shoud try this. Your family will love it!

  3. You are making so many creme brulee! And you have made them all so well... Yum!

  4. Wow you made so many at one shot. They look gorgeous. I am sure your family finished these really fast.

    1. It's really not that difficult to make and, as you said, the yield is high. Yum Yum!

  5. I feel guilty eating this too, but can't resist! My son's girlfriend made some just a couple of days ago and I had one for dessert:D

  6. Very tasty looking creme brulee. Will try to make it next time. Where can i get heavy cream?

    1. Heavy cream is also known as whipping cream. You can get it in most supermarkets and baking shops.

  7. Yummy yummy ...

    What is vanilla extract? was it the same as vanilla essence ?

    1. Thanks! Vanilla extract is made from real vanilla pods and is stronger and richer in flavour than vanilla essence which is chemically manufactured.

      If available, use the real vanilla pods for best result!

      ** Appreciate if you could identify yourself for future comments! Thanks! :D


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