Crème Brûlée: The Best French Tips

Eaten a tasty Creme Brulee (Crème Brûlée) on a night out and now feel like making your own without the fancy restaurant cost?

Crème brûlée

Creamy, sweet custard with an even crunchier top. It’s one of those desserts that you can eat for breakfast or dessert!

It’s made by cooking sugar until it turns into caramelized sugar crystals called “crémets”. The crémets are then mixed in cream to make a smooth custard base which gets baked at very high temperature.

The result is a creamy, rich, golden-brown custard topped with a hard brittle crust.

Ingredients

To make a superb Crème brûlée you will need the following simple ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • Heavy cream
  • Hot water
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla pod
  • Superfine sugar

Equipment

  • Baking dish
  • Kitchen torch
  • Medium bowl
  • Tea towel
  • Oven

Preparation

In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine both sugars and stir constantly until they melt together completely. Remove from heat and let cool slightly before adding cream. Whisking continuously, slowly pour half of the hot mixture into the eggs while whisking vigorously. Pour this back into the pan with remaining sugar mixture and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until thickened enough so that it coats the spoon when stirred, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until cold, 1 hour minimum. Stir occasionally as it chills. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Grease 8 cups of a standard muffin tin well with butter. In each prepared cup, place 2 teaspoons of batter.

Place baking dishes in oven and immediately turn off the oven. Let stand 10 minutes. Carefully remove pans from oven and set aside to cool. Once cooled, carefully transfer cakes to serving plates using tea towels to protect them from breaking. Refrigerate any leftovers. To serve, sprinkle some superfine sugar onto each cake and use kitchen torch to lightly burn the surface of the sugar. Serve chilled.

Recipe Notes

You may substitute milk instead of cream if desired but expect less volume due to lower fat content. You may also omit the vanilla extract if preferred. If you don’t have a kitchen torch, simply put the baking dishes under the broiler for 3–5 minutes.

If you want to get creative, try topping these beauties with fresh berries, chocolate shavings, candied ginger, etc.

Is Crème brûlée Healthy?

No, Crème brûlée is not a healthy dessert because it contains lots of saturated fats and calories. But there are healthier alternatives such as banana bread pudding, cheesecake, ice cream pie, pumpkin pie, apple crisp, etc. Like all things, moderation is key, as long as you’re not sensitive to dairy, eating creme brulee once in every full moon won’t hurt you.

What to serve with Crème Brûlée?

Crème brûlées can be served on their own or paired with other desserts like fruit salad, mousse, cookies, waffles, pancakes, French toast, etc. They go great with coffee too!

How do I store Creampie Bruleés?

Store your creampie brulees in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 4 days.

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French Dessert Step-by-Step

French desserts are usually made with egg yolks, heavy whipping cream, and sometimes even crème fraiche. The most popular ones include: macarons, éclairs, profiteroles, gâteaux au chocolat, mille feuilles, gateau St Honoré, tarte Tatin, galette des rois, flan, panna cotta, caramel custard, bombe glacée, charlotte russe, kouign amann, brioche aux framboises, pain d’épices, petits fours, tartelettes, pastries, croissants, pains à la mode de Reims, Paris Brest, bouchonnade, babas en velours, boeuf bourguignonne, cassole du bon Dieu, tourtes farcies, potage Soubise, souffles, vol-au-vent, quenelles de brochet, bouillabaisse, blanquettes, coquille Saint Jacques, escargots Bourgogne, fricandeau, foie gras, gelato, glace anglaise, Grand Marnier soufflé, jambon persillé, langue de chat, liqueur, marmelada, nougats, parmentier, patates douces, pavot, piña coladas, praline,

Here’s a step-by-step guide to making a Crème brûlée.

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