Classic Creme Brule
Classic Creme Brule (4 Ingredients Only!)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins

A classic creamy and smooth custard dessert. This simple classic Crème Brulle is
ready in under 15 minutes.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: creme brulee
Servings: 12 - 1/2 cup ramekins
Calories: 357 kcal
Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin!
  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 6-8 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp vanilla extract or seeds of 1 vanilla pod
For Caramelized Crust:
  • 12 tsp fine sugar
How to make the Creme Brulee:
  1. Turn oven to 325°F.

  2. Line a baking sheet with tall sides (glass baking dish or turkey roasting dish works well) with 2 layers of paper towel or 1 layer of kitchen towel, set aside.
  3. Place the empty ramekins inside the baking dish.
  4. Fill a tea kettle with water and allow to come to a boil.
To Make the Creme Brulee Mixture
  1. Add 4 cups heavy cream to a large saucepot and allow to come to a simmer. If using the vanilla seeds add them right now.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk together 6-8 egg yolks and 1/2 cup sugar until pale yellow color.

  3. Pour the hot heavy cream into the egg yolk/sugar mixture in a thin stream, while continuously whisking to prevent the egg yolks from curdling. If using the vanilla extract add it to the mixture.
  4. Pour the mixture into the ramekins. This is best done using a pitcher.
To Bake & Chill
  1. Put the baking dish with filled ramekins onto the middle rack of the hot oven and pour the hot water around the ramekins until it comes halfway up to the sides. Loosely cover with foil.
  2. Slide the baking rack back inside the oven and bake for 40 minutes. Then, remove from the oven and allow to come to room temperature. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours until thoroughly chilled.
  3. Within 30 minutes, sprinkle the tops with 1 tsp of sugar and shake around until it covers the surface. Now using a torch caramelize the top.

To caramelize the top:
  1. Hold the ramekin in one hand at a 45 degree angle with the blow torch in another hand. Go over the sugar with the blow torch in circles, rotating the ramekin which will allow the sugar to caramelize the whole surface and make an even layer of the sugar crust.
Nutrition Facts
Classic Creme Brule (4 Ingredients Only!)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 357 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 206mg69%
Sodium 35mg2%
Potassium 73mg2%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1296IU26%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.