Crème Brûlée is extremely easy to make, rich in texture and full of flavor, this is such an amazingly delicious dessert. It is a classic recipe with four simple ingredients. I have experimented with adding cinnamon or other flavorings in lieu of the vanilla to the liquid mixture prior to baking, but the vanilla is still the classic king.
Some people would think this to be a difficult dessert to make, but it is seriously easy with minimal ingredients and hands down is one of my top 5 desserts.
Preheat oven 300°F.
Creme Brulee is a classic French dessert with a rich custard topped with a hard layer of caramel. I'll show you how to make Creme Brulee with 4 ingredients.
- 10 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 cups whipping cream
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup sugar for caramelizing tops after cooking
Preheat oven 300°F. Separate egg yolks from whites and save egg whites for another use.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the egg yolks with the sugar until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is a pale yellow.
- Add the whipping cream and vanilla, and beat on low until well blended.
I pour the mixture through a strainer into your 8 ramekins or custard cups to get rid of any foam or bubbles.
Place the filled ramekins into a large roasting pan with sides (13x9") and carefully pour hot water around ramekins so that the water almost reaches the top of ramekins. Bake until set, about 55 minutes.
Carefully remove pan from oven and leave in the water bath until cooled.
Remove ramekins from water bath, wipe water off and place in refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours.
Prior to serving, remove from refrigerator and sprinkle about 2 teaspoons of sugar over each custard top. Using a small, hand-held torch melt the sugar until a burnt caramel is made. If you don't have a torch, place under the broiler until sugar melts. Re-chill the ramekins to harden the sugar for 15 minutes then serving.