Easy Creme Brulee Recipe

Crème brulee has always seemed like a special dish to me. A dessert that I just couldn't imagine making myself - I figured it had to be anything but easy to make.

I was right and wrong.

One night I really wanted to surprise my husband with a delicious dinner - complete with dessert. To be honest, sometimes skip the last course if I am making an already complicated main course. I think it's really important to know your limits in the kitchen so your not always getting frazzled at the last minute. For me, after cooking a nice dinner, dessert usually = me frazzled. It's hard enough to time a dinner perfectly, but then to have the dessert come out warm and perfectly on time still eludes me. This creme brulee recipe actually lent itself well to a fuss-free dinner time. Most of the prep was done before-hand and kept in the fridge until the very last step that could be done after everyone was done eating. BUT, I still managed to burn it to bits mess it up! Think I recovered? Read on....

Easy Creme Brulee Recipe

What You'll Need:
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
Servings = 4

Begin by preheating oven to 300 degrees (F)

Step 1: Combined the cream, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla extract in a bowl. Whisk until nice and creamy.

Step 2: Pour mixture into ramekins. 

Step 3: Place the filled ramekins into a baking pan and fill the baking pan with hot water (about halfway up the sides of the ramekins).

Step 4: Place the pan with the ramekins in the middle rack of the oven for about 45 minutes. It is done when you can stick a knife in and it comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 15 minutes on the counter. Or, if you made them a day or few hours in advance, just stick in the oven until you are ready for the last and final step!

Step 5: Sprinkle a layer of the light brown sugar on top of each. It must be thin while completely covering the custard (And I always say a little extra sugar never hurts!)

Now you can torch them! If you don't have a torch (which I didn't) you can put them under the broiler AND WATCH THEM CAREFULLY. Or this happens.....

I didn't realize how quickly sugar would catch fire! But these ramekins were FLAMING when I finally checked on them! If only I had had the chance to get a picture of that :)

The good news is that this only affected the very top sugar of the crème brulee. Once I scraped off the burnt sugar, the rest of the dessert was unscathed underneath! I just sprinkled on a fresh layer of sugar, put back under the boiler AND WATCHED CAREFULLY until they were a golden brown.

Success = two empty ramekins!
(Plus a funny story - thank goodness my husband has a great sense of humor!)

Good Luck! :)