Our Best Custard & Creme Brulee Recipes

Each of these custard and creme brulee recipes is so simple to make at home -- and so hard to resist.


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Maple Creme Brulee with Hazelnuts
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Maple Creme Brulee with Hazelnuts

    Intensely flavored toasted hazelnuts give the creme brulees a scrumptiously nutty crunch.

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Ginger Creme Brulee

    These spiced creme brulees boast chewy crystallized ginger, creating a wonderful contrast of textures.

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Graham Custards

    Chock-full of creamy richness, these custards are a surefire crowd pleaser. Marshmallows give the treats an airy texture that differs from other custards.

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Dark Chocolate Flan

    This dessert has all the characteristics you look for in flan -- satiny smooth texture, rich caramel topping, and a touch of cinnamon. Edible gold leaf, available at specialty food stores, gives it a fancy finish.

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Pumpkin Creme Caramel

    The silky texture and subtle flavor of pumpkin is a fantastic addition to these heavenly custards that ooze with caramelly goodness. Orange zest gives the creme caramels a citrusy nuance.

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Maple Ricotta Flans

    Flan -- the famous baked custard -- is usually prepared with cream and coated with caramel. This tasty version calls for ricotta cheese instead of cream and maple syrup in place of the caramel. A leaf-shape cookie makes a beautifully crunchy garnish.

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Baked Raspberry Custards

    This dreamy dessert features charming flecks of aromatic vanilla bean and tangy-but-sweet fresh raspberries. It's a great dessert to make when raspberries are in their peak season, from May to September.

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Banana Caramel Custard

    This classic baked custard with a caramel topping is luxuriously rich and smooth as can be. The extraordinary addition of cinnamon-spiced sauteed bananas gives it a sweet edge.

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Oaxacan Coconut Flan

    Coconut inside and out -- along with a tipple of rum -- elevates the always-popular flan to spectacular-dessert status. The addition of allspice adds a warm touch to this Mexican dessert.

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Creme Bru-Latte

    Now you can enjoy your morning coffee in the form of silky smooth creme brulee. Bake these little desserts in oven-safe coffee mugs or teacups for a beautiful presentation.

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Vanilla Flan with Butterscotch Sauce

    It's hard to believe such a simple recipe could be packed so full of flavor. Vanilla-infused cream adds richness, while dark brown sugar melts into a divine caramel sauce over top.

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Chocolate-Ancho Creme Brulee

    Surprise dinner guests with this Mexican-style take on creme brulee. The spectacularly unique dessert features bittersweet chocolate, cinnamon, and mild-but-smoky ancho chile pepper.

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Tiny Vanilla Creme Brulee

    Following an ample meal, just a few bites of dessert will do. These petite pleasures -- lovingly flecked with vanilla bean seeds -- fill the bill perfectly.

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Caramel Flans

    To create the luscious rivers of caramel that spill over these flans when they are unmolded, add caramelized sugar to the dishes before the custard.

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