Crème brulée is a classic French dessert, which consists of a creamy baked custard topped with a crunchy caramelized sugar crust. The custard base is composed of heavy cream and egg yolks, which makes it very rich and creamy. The crunchy caramel topping provides a nice textural contrast to the smooth filling. The custard base is typically flavoured with vanilla, however vanilla may be substituted for other flavours such as chocolate or coffee. This Crème Brulée recipe showcases two flavour options. One is a coffee crème brulée that has a coffee-flavoured custard with hints of cinnamon and vanilla. The other is a classic vanilla crème brulée with a vanilla-flavoured custard. Crème brulée is a surprisingly easy dessert to make but very elegant and impressive.
Tips for Making Perfect Creme Brulee
Cool the cream: Make sure the cream is not hot when adding it to the egg yolks or the egg yolks will cook too soon. The cream should be just warm.
Bake in a water-bath: It is important to bake the custards in a water bath so that they bake evenly.
Chill custards overnight: After baking, the custards will be very liquid and will need to be refrigerated overnight or for several hours to set before serving.
Recipe Q & A
Q: I do not have a blow torch. Is there another way to caramelize the sugar topping?
A: You may broil the sugar topping to caramelize it, if you do not have a blow torch. Broil on high and watch the sugar so that it does not burn.