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Crème brûlée

Try this delicious rich and creamy crème brûlée. It's surprisingly simple to make and uses just 4 ingredients. It's perfect to make ahead of time for an impressive and luxurious dessert.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Cooling Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Creme brulee
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 345kcal
Cost: £2.50


  • Medium Saucepan
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Deep baking tray
  • 5 Ramekins (all the same size)


  • 500 ml Cream 33%
  • 4 Large Egg yolks
  • 60 g Sugar plus extra for caramelizing
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract


  • Preheat the oven to 160c
  • In a medium saucepan heat the cream, sugar and vanilla to a very light simmer, whilst occasionally mixing occasionally. Turn off the heat and leave to cool.
    Bringing creme brûlée mixture to a light simmer
  • Add 4 egg yolks into a mixing bowl and whisk together.
  • Lightly mix in the mixture. If there is any foam, skim it off with a tablespoon.
    Mix together mixture
  • Until the mixture looks like this.
    Creme brûlée mixture
  • Add the mixture to the ramekins and place them in a deep baking tray. Add hot water into the baking tray (the water should be the same height as the crème brûlée mixture)
  • Cover the baking tray and bake for 45-50 minutes.
    Baking tray wrapped in tin foil
  • Once cooked the crème brûlées will have a slight wobble (they will thicken after they are chilled). Take out of the water and place on the side for 10 minutes. Then wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
    Creme brûlées left to cool
  • Sprinkle 1 tsp of sugar over each crème brûlée. Then use a kitchen torch to caramelise them. Serve and enjoy.