creme brulee with spoon

Creme Brulee

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Ashley Fehr
Servings 4 servings
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Creme Brulee is a simple but elegant dessert made with egg yolks, heavy cream, vanilla and sugar. A creamy custard topped with caramelized sugar!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword creme brulee


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (1/4 if you prefer less sweet)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar for topping


  1. In a small pot, heat cream over medium heat until hot but not boiling -- small bubbles will appear just along the edge of the pot.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk together egg yolks, 1/3 cup sugar and vanilla -- I like to do this in a large glass measuring cup for easy pouring!

  3. When the cream is hot, add it to the egg yolk mixture a little at a time, whisking well after each addition.

  4. Pour into 4 7-8oz ramekins (wider and shallower is better if you have them).

  5. Place filled ramekins in a large baking dish and fill the baking dish with hot water so that it comes 3/4 of the way up the sides of the ramekins -- be careful not to get any water in the custard!

  6. Bake at 325 degrees F for 30-45 minutes -- this will depend on how deep the custard is! (Smaller ramekins, deeper custard = longer bake time) The top will appear set but underneath it will still jiggle.

  7. Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours until chilled. (You can wrap and refrigerate up to 3 days).

  8. Sprinkle each custard with 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and torch or broil just until caramelized. Serve immediately or chill to serve later.

Nutrition Facts
Creme Brulee
Amount Per Serving
Calories 584 Calories from Fat 441
% Daily Value*
Fat 49g75%
Saturated Fat 29g145%
Cholesterol 358mg119%
Sodium 54mg2%
Potassium 109mg3%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 2009IU40%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 101mg10%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.