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Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee

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Crème brûlée (French for “burnt cream”) is a popular dessert with a custard base and topped with caramelized sugar. It is considered a gourmet dessert with equally gourmet prices when ordering outside, but it is actually easy, cheap and fast (minus the chilling time) to prepare at home. From the basic creme brulee recipe, you can experiment with all types of flavours.

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Typically, the cameralised top is achieved using a butane torch to burn a top layer of sugar. If you do not have a butane torch, you can also use the broiler or grill feature of your oven to achieve the cameralised effect – I have tried and it works.  This is a dessert which you can prepare and chill in the fridge in advance especially if you have guests coming over.

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Creme Brulee (Step-by-Step)
Making Creme Brulee Slit the vanilla pod in half, lengthwise. Using the back of your knife, scrap out the vanilla seeds.
Making Creme Brulee Add cream, vanilla seeds and the half vanilla pod in a microwave-safe cup. Microwave at medium low power (300 watts), uncovered, for 3 minutes until the cream is warmed through but not boiling. Discard vanilla pod after warming.
Making Creme Brulee Add egg yolks and caster sugar in a large bowl; whisk until just combined.
Making Creme Brulee Add one ladle of the warmed cream and mix well with egg whisk. Then add the rest of the cream and whisk.
Making Creme Brulee Run the custard mixture through a sieve.
Making Creme Brulee Fill ramekins with custard mixture. If there are air bubbles, flatten them with the back of a spoon.
Making Creme Brulee Place ramekins inside a roasting dish. Pour boiling water into the dish until it reaches about halfway up the ramekins. Be careful not to spill any water into the ramekins. Bake in oven until the custard is wobbly like jelly when shaken. Let the ramekins cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for a few hours or even overnight for the custard to firm up.
Making Creme Brulee Before serving, sprinkle a thin layer of brown sugar on top. Burn the sugar for a few seconds until nicely cameralised using a butane torch.
Making Creme Brulee  If you do not have a butane torch, use the broiler or grill feature of your oven to do the trick.

40 comments on “Creme Brulee”

  1. I bought from Toa Payoh phoon huat, it’s inside the smaller NTUC

  2. I have never eaten this before but I remember a colleague passed the recipe to me. Can I ask you a question – is this a very sweet dessert? It looks very tempting.

  3. NoobCook – May I ask how long and what temp do we need to grill the brown sugar in the mircrowave? After grilling, just pour over before serving? Thanks

  4. I am always amazed that you manage to make restaurant food look achievable. It is like cracking a secret code!

  5. Lena, sprinkle brown sugar over baked creme brulee, place the ramekins directly under the gril, about 200C for 1-2 minutes or until the sugar cameralised.

  6. Oops…do we sprinkle the brown sugar before freezing? Or before serving? *sorry am super duper noob*

  7. Lena, do it after refrigerating, before serving.

  8. It looks gorgeous and equally delicious. What I love about making brulee is using my blowtorch .. haha! But I guess we really cannot have this too often, maybe on special occassions only.

  9. Hi, do pop over when you are free, got something to share with you.

  10. Classic dessert! Love it. :)

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