Classic Creme Brulee


This is the classic recipe for creme brulee. Serve with fresh berries.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins


  • ¾ cup heavy cream

  • 5 teaspoons white sugar

  • 2 large egg yolks

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • cup white sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare some boiling water.

  2. Combine cream and 5 teaspoons sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until small bubbles appear around the edges of the pan, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

  3. Beat egg yolks and vanilla in a bowl until smooth and light. Pour hot cream mixture into the egg yolks, a little at a time, and beat continuously until well blended. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl. Divide evenly among four 3-ounce ramekins.

  4. Arrange ramekins in a baking pan and place on the middle shelf of the preheated oven. Pour boiling water into the baking pan until halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Cover the pan loosely with aluminum foil.

  5. Bake until custard is just set and jiggles when gently shaken, about 25 minutes. Carefully remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill for 2 to 3 hours, or overnight.

  6. Sprinkle remaining sugar evenly over top of the cooled custards. With a kitchen torch, move the flame continuously in a circular motion over the surface of each ramekin, until the sugar melts and becomes golden brown and bubbly. Serve immediately.

Cook's Note:

You can use the broiler instead of a kitchen torch, just keep an eye on the custards as the sugar will burn quickly.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

267 Calories
19g Fat
24g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 267
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 164mg 55%
Sodium 21mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 44mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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