How to Make Creme Brulee

Who doesn’t love pushing their spoon through a crackling sugar-coated crust? I know creme brulee is a favorite restaurant recipe. Some nicer restaurants serve creme brulee. Did you know it isn’t hard to make? You can recreate this special dessert at home.

three servings of creme brulee

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I don’t know why it is but it seems like most good restaurants serve creme brulee. It seems like a mysterious dessert. It would seem like it is difficult and hard to prepare. I promise it isn’t a difficult dessert to make.

Creme brulee is almost an economical after-dinner treat to make. It has very few ingredients in it and it tastes sublime. This recipe is for a vanilla bean variety. By using a vanilla bean you will get a wonderfully complex vanilla flavor.

What I really like about this dessert is that you can make the custards a couple of days ahead of time. Then just before dinner, you can add the sugar coating that we all love.

The Ingredients in Creme Brulee

Creme brulee has a few basic ingredients. You will need heavy cream, eggs, sugar, and a vanilla bean.

Heavy cream is known by several different names. It is well obviously known as heavy cream, but some people call it whipping cream. You must use the heavy cream as half and half or even milk will not give this custard the creaminess that we all love.

I am also using a vanilla bean in the custard. I like to use a vanilla bean because it really has a nice flavor. You can reuse the vanilla bean. You could make some vanilla sugar with the leftover bean.

You can find inexpensive vanilla beans at Costco, or even online at Beanilla.

I am using regular sugar in this recipe. If you have organic sugar it is also really good to use both in the custard and on the top.

creme brulee and two spoons

Special Equipment

I personally like to use a regular blow torch from the hardware store. I think they are cheaper and work just as well as the BonJour Crème Brûlée Chef’s Professional Culinary Torch with Fuel Gauge. I can also use the blow torch to do a sugar-coated crust on ham.

Do not use an industrial blow torch from someone’s welding kit. It may use a fuel that isn’t safe for human consumption.

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three servings of creme brulee

How to Make Creme Brulee

You can make creme brulee at home, it is very easy to make creme brulee.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Custard Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 646kcal


  • 1 quart heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar for brulee.


  • Pour heavy cream into a heavy-bottomed pot. Split vanilla bean open with a sharp knife. Scrape out vanilla beans and put the seeds in the pot. Add the vanilla bean to the pot. Boil the cream for about 30 seconds, and then allow the cream to cool. 
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Whisk together egg yolks and sugar until they are light and creamy. Add a small amount of the warmed cream into the egg yolks whisking briskly. Continue to add warmed cream in small amounts until it is fully incorporated. Do not add the milk too quickly, but do it very slowly. 
  • Fill 6 ramekins with custard. Place ramekins in a baking dish. Add boiling water to the baking dish. Bake custards for 30 minutes or until set. Allow the custards to cool to room temperature place in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before you make the brulee. The custards may not seem fully set when you remove them out of the oven, but they continue to set while they cool. 
  • Blot the custard dry with a paper towel before sprinkling with sugar. Add about 1 to 1/2 teaspoons of sugar to the top of each ramekin. Ignite the flame and sweep the flame from the outside to the inside of the ramekin. You will need to rotate the ramekin as you swipe the flame across the custard. You can refrigerate these about an hour before serving.




Calories: 646kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 36g | Cholesterol: 226mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 118mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 2335IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 0.1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Lester Lee

    Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Since you did not mention removing the vanilla bean and seeds from the heated cream, does your recipe leave the vanilla bean in the custard?


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