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Creme Brulee

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Creme Brulee -- step-by-step photos on how to make this classic dessert! |

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!!

For anyone out there looking for a last-minute dessert, I just realized that I totally spaced out sharing this recipe for you this week. It is one that I actually shared on the KitchenAid blog last summer, and would be just delightful for your Valentine’s Day, or any ol’ day you feel like a rich and decadent dessert. It also involves quite literally playing with fire, which I seem to enjoy a bit too much. That’s right, break out the blow torch, because we’re talking about creme brulee!! (Or make that crème brûlée if you want to break out all of the proper French characters.)

I used to be uber intimidated by this classic dessert, assuming that anything involving an epic caramelized crust and rich creamy filling would involve all sorts of complicated cooking techniques. But as it turns out, creme brulee is actually surprisingly simple to make. And this delicious recipe, kicked up a notch with vanilla beans, is sure to be a winner when you share it with those you love.

Plus, let’s be real, that blow torch is flat out fun.

Let’s do this!

Creme Brulee -- step-by-step photos on how to make this classic dessert! |

First, get that blow torch ready. (Mwahaha.)

Creme Brulee -- step-by-step photos on how to make this classic dessert! |

Creme Brulee -- step-by-step photos on how to make this classic dessert! |

Creme Brulee -- step-by-step photos on how to make this classic dessert! |

Creme Brulee -- step-by-step photos on how to make this classic dessert! |

Creme Brulee -- step-by-step photos on how to make this classic dessert! |

…and then put it to deliciously good use. :)

Creme Brulee -- step-by-step photos on how to make this classic dessert! |

Creme Brulee |

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Creme Brulee

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


This classic Creme Brulee recipe is much easier to make homemade than you might think! Just grab a blow torch and follow this step-by-step recipe for delicious results.


  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade)
  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • pinch of salt
  • sugar-coated fresh berries, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.  Fill a kettle with water and bring to a boil.  Arrange 8 (5 ounce) ramekins in a large baking dish, and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, scrape the black seeds out of the vanilla bean and place in a medium saucepan with heavy cream, and stir to combine  Heat over medium heat until simmering, but not boiling, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat and let the mixture rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile in a separate bowl, use a hand mixer to blend your egg yolks, ¾ cup sugar and salt for about 1 minute on medium speed until light and smooth.  Add about 1/4 cup of the cream mixture to the eggs, whisking immediately to combine and temper the eggs.  Repeat.  Then add the remaining cream mixture, whisking while combining so as not to cook the eggs.
  4. Strain the custard through a fine mesh strainer to remove vanilla beans and any bits of egg that may have cooked.  Then portion the remaining custard into the ramekins so that they are each nearly full.
  5. Place the baking dish full of ramekins in the oven, then pour the boiling kettle full of water in the pan (careful to avoid the inside of the ramekins) until the water reaches 2/3 of the way up the sides of the ramekins.  Bake for about 45-50 minutes, or until the edges of the custard in the ramekins are set, and the centers are only very slightly jiggly.  Carefully remove pan from oven.  Then use a spatula or tongs to carefully transfer ramekins to a cooling rack.  Let the custards come to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours until cool.
  6. When ready to serve, sprinkle the tops each custard evenly with 1-2 teaspoons of sugar.  (Superfine sugar is preferable, but granulated sugar will work.)  Use a kitchen torch to caramelize the top of each custard, holding the torch 2-3 inches from the top of the custard and slowly moving the flame back and forth across the surface until it is a deep amber color and bubbly.  Let the custard rest for at least one minute.  Then serve, topped with fresh berries that have been rolled in sugar, if desired.

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13 comments on “Creme Brulee”

  1. I love creme bruleee! Plus it’s a dessert that you can make ahead of time so it’s great for dinner parties! Thanks for sharing and your pictures are gorgeous!

  2. This looks like so much fun to make!! And I totally have a torch…just haven’t figured out how to use it yet. I am so making this!!

  3. So simple and delicious – that blow torch looks like such a fun part too haha!

  4. I wanna make this so I can look as awesome as you holding a torch!! Your cream brulee look great. 

  5. You are sooooooo beautiful!!!!!!

  6. I have a torch I’ve never used before! Pretty sure this creme brulee should be its first victim ;-) 

  7. I started cooking at my mothers side at the age o four. She started letting me cooking our version of chili {with beans,YUKK!} She told me to learn  to cook as it would pay off later in my life. I did understand then but she was RIGHT!
    Thanks, JohnB

  8. Hi there! I’m trying to track down the directions for this creme brulee recipe, but the links to the other blog does not work. Any recommendations? Thanks!

  9. The associated link no longer works. Is there any chance you can share the original recipe? I’ve made it before, and it was my favorite homemade creme brulee.

  10. Does anyone have the instructions for this recipe any longer? The website that the instructions were posted on is no longer functioning. Please help!

  11. Link doesn’t work anymore, can I still get the instructions somehow?