How To Make Crème Brûlée

In need of a fancy dessert that's actually pretty easy to make? Look no further! Though it looks complex, crème brûlée is actually fairly simple to make and only requires a few ingredients. It has been my go-to dessert to make for special occasions, birthdays, and just for fun. Follow this recipe for a yummy dessert that will impress your family and friends (and your taste buds)! 

What Will I Need?

  • 4 cups of heavy cream
  • 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 8 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • water

Well, How Do I Start?

First, combine your vanilla, cream, and salt in a saucepan and stir until it's warm. Next, take your eggs and separate the yolks from the whites by cracking the egg in half and pouring the yolk into one half of the shell. It may be tricky, but continue to transfer the yolk between the two shell halves while letting the egg whites run off the sides. Blend your egg yolks and sugar in a mixer until combined. After that, pour in your cream from the saucepan and give it another mix to combine everything.

How Do I Bake It?

To prep for baking, take ramekins (or any small, glass bowls) and set them inside of an empty glass baking dish. Fill your ramekins evenly with your mixture. Then, fill the baking dish that the ramekins are sitting in with 1 inch of hot water. Put the entire dish in the oven and bake for 40 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit (be careful not to spill the mixture into the water!). After baking, let the desserts cool in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. 

 

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So, How Do I Make It Look All Pretty and Professional?

Now, comes the fun part. Take your crème brûlée and pour a thin, even layer of sugar across the top. Take a baking torch and hold the flame a couple of inches away from a section of the crème brûlée, heating up the sugar on the surface. Once the sugar starts to turn golden brown and bead up, move to a new section. Once the whole surface is golden brown, take a spoon and tap it lightly. If it makes a hard tapping noise, the crème brûlée is finished. If not, torch it a little more

And Voila! You Are Done!

Congrats! You've (hopefully) successfully made your first crème brûlée! See, I told you it was easy. And, if you made it right, that means you didn't forget to add sugar like I did when I made this for my mom's birthday one year. Now go enjoy your dessert and share with your friends and family!