Crème Brulee Recipe

Updated: Mar 1

Feel fancy at home with this easy French dessert. This recipe calls for only 5 ingredients.

I made this desert two different ways and honestly, they tasted the same. It's all about preference and budget. First I used vanilla extract and then I tried a recipe with the vanilla bean (which is about $20 for 2 beans at the grocery store vs the $4 bottle of Vanilla Extract)

I found what really made this dessert a hit was the cute dishes and of course the kitchen torch. Apparently you can use the broiler to caramelize the sugar, but this $15 kitchen torch made all the difference.


  • Heavy Whipping Cream (2.5 cups)

  • Vanilla Bean (1 pod cut in half long ways and scrape) or Vanilla Extract (1.5 tsp)

  • Salt (1/2 tsp)

  • Granulated sugar (1/2 cup)

  • Egg Yolks (6 large egg yolks at room temperature)

  • More Sugar for caramelizing and berries for decorating

  • Kitchen Torch

  • Ramakins

Pre Heat oven to 375 degrees

slice the vanilla bean long ways and scrape out the center of the pod.

In a large sauce pan on med low heat, bring to a simmer: heavy cream, vanilla (pod and inner bean) and salt. Stir constantly.

Heat for about 8 minutes. Right before the crème starts to bubble into a boil, remove from heat, cover and let sit for 10 minutes.

In a large glass bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar. Beat on low speed with a blender until the mixture turns to a lighter color yellow. This will take a couple of minutes.

Remove the bean pods from the sauce pan of heavy cream.

Slowly add in the heavy whipping cream mixture into the bowl with the egg yolks

continue to beat on low speed until all mixed.

Pour mixture into your dishes

sit dishes on a deep baking sheet and add hot water to the pan around the dishes

Bake for 35 minutes.

You will know when your crème brulee is done when the center is firm, but has a little jiggle to it.

Let cool at least 30 minutes

Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator at least 5 hours

Remove plastic wrap

Sprinkle with sugar (about 1 tbs per dish)

Use the Kitchen Torch evenly on top to melt and burn the sugar creating that crunch.

Serve Immediately and enjoy!

The Kitchen Torch we used and worked well! Here's a link to the exact one we used and the dishes too.

Kitchen Torch on Amazon

The Perfect Creme Brulee Dishes on Amazon

We may start adding this dish to our retreats! Have you ever made Crème Brulee? Did you try this recipe? Tell us how yours tuned out?

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