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Sonoma, CA 95476
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creme brûlée

Crème Brûlée

Prep time:
35 minutes
Cook time:
80-90 minutes
8 servings
4 out of 5

One of the best parts of this decadent dessert is that you can make it a day ahead of time and then caramelize the sugar on top just before serving—perfect for stress-free entertaining!


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange flower water
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • ½ cup superfine sugar, for caramelizing


Preheat oven to 300°F.

In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat cream, milk, vanilla bean and ½ cup sugar until bubbles begin to form around edges of saucepan, then remove from heat. Stir in orange flower water. Remove vanilla bean, halve lengthwise and scrape seeds back into the milk and cream mixture.

In a separate, heat-resistant bowl, whisk egg yolks, whole egg and remaining sugar together until smooth.

Temper the eggs by slowly pouring the hot cream mixture into the egg mixture while whisking continuously. When mixtures are completely incorporated, strain and divide evenly into 8 oven-safe ramekins. Pop any bubbles that form on the surface by quickly moving a torch over the surface of the batter.

Carefully place ramekins into a baking dish, making sure they do not touch. Place baking dish in the oven and fill the dish with enough cool water to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Cover dish with aluminum foil, leaving one corner open to release steam. Cook for 80-90 minutes, until the batter no longer ripples when the ramekins are jiggled.

Remove baking dish from oven, lift ramekins out of their water bath and let cool at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before transferring to the refrigerator to cool completely.

Just prior to serving, sprinkle each Crème Brûlée evenly with superfine sugar, then use a butane torch to caramelize the sugar until golden and crispy. For uniform color, start in the middle of the custard and move the torch in slowly expanding circles toward the edge of the ramekin.

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