Chai Crème Brûlée

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Sweet and creamy crème brûlée infused with East Indian-spiced tea.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
4 servings


  • 1 ⅓ cups heavy cream

  • 4 black tea bags

  • 1 (1/2 inch) piece ginger, crushed

  • ½ (4 inch) cinnamon stick

  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 4 large egg yolks

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 ¾ teaspoons white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • teaspoon salt

  • 4 teaspoons turbinado sugar, or to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

  2. Heat cream in a 1-quart, covered saucepan over medium heat until scalded, 4 to 5 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the cream should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C).

  3. Add tea bags, ginger, cinnamon stick, cardamom, and cloves. Turn off the heat, cover, and steep for 5 to 8 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks, 3 tablespoons plus 1 3/4 teaspoon sugar, vanilla, and salt together in a bowl until combined and sugar has dissolved.

  5. Strain tea bags, cinnamon stick, and ginger from the cream, extracting as much cream as possible from the tea bags.

  6. Pour some of the hot cream into the egg yolk mixture, whisking quickly to avoid scrambling the eggs. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and whisk until custard is thick and smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.

  7. Divide custard evenly among four 4-ounce ramekins. Place ramekins in a paper towel-lined baking pan. Pour hot water into the baking pan until halfway up the sides of the ramekins.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven until custard is set around the edges and jiggles slightly in the center when gently shaken, 45 to 50 minutes. Carefully remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours.

  9. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon turbinado sugar over each ramekin, shaking gently to cover the surface evenly. Use a kitchen torch to caramelize the sugar until all crystals are evenly melted. Allow surface to harden before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

394 Calories
34g Fat
20g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 394
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 43%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 314mg 105%
Sodium 113mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 210mg 4%

* 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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