Creme Brulee


Create the crackling caramel topping for this custard dessert by melting sugar in a skillet on the stove top.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cool Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
18 mins
Stand Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 28 mins


  • 2 cup half-and-half or light cream

  • 5 egg yolks, slightly beaten

  • cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • cup sugar

  • Edible flower petals (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degree F.

  2. Heat half-and-half or light cream in a small heavy saucepan over medium-low heat just until bubbly. Combine slightly beaten egg yolks, 1/3 cup sugar, vanilla, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Beat with a wire whisk or rotary beater just until combined. Slowly whisk or stir the hot cream into the egg mixture.

  3. Place four ungreased 4-inch quiche dishes or oval or round tart pans without removable bottoms into a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Set the pan on an oven rack in the preheated oven. Pour custard mixture evenly into the dishes. Pour very hot water into the baking pan around the dishes until water is halfway up the sides of the baking pan.

  4. Bake for 18 to 24 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center of each dish comes out clean. Remove dishes from pan; let cool about 30 minutes. Cover, chill for 1 hour or up to 8 hours. Before serving, let the custards stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.

  5. Place 1/3 cup sugar in a heavy 10-inch skillet. Heat skillet over medium-high heat until sugar begins to melt, shaking skillet occasionally to heat sugar evenly. Do not stir. Once sugar starts to melt, reduce heat to low; cook until sugar is completely melted and golden (3 to 5 minutes more), stirring as needed.

  6. Spoon melted sugar quickly over custards in a lacy pattern or in a solid piece. If melted sugar starts to harden in pan, return to heat, stirring until it melts. If it starts to form clumps, carefully stir in 1 to 2 teaspoons water. If desired, garnish custards with edible flower petals. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

364 Calories
20g Fat
39g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 364
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 311mg 104%
Sodium 192mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Protein 7g
Calcium 131.3mg 10%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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