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Recipes - Desserts

Crème brûlée

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Serves 6
  • 1 L (4 cups + 1 tbsp) heavy cream
  • 240 mL (1 cup) sugar
  • 11 egg yolks
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • Granulated sugar


  1. Add cream and sugar to saucepan. Cut vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape seeds into cream. Add bean to cream.
  2. In a separate bowl, break up egg yolks with a whisk and set aside.
  3. Heat cream mixture to scalding point (just before boiling point), then gradually pour cream into egg yolks while stirring constantly. Strain mixture and remove bean.
  4. Pour mixture into six ovenproof ramekin dishes. Place ramekins into a deep, high-sided pan. Fill pan with water three quarters of way up sides of ramekins.
  5. Bake at 163 degrees C (325 degrees F) for about 40 minutes or until custards are set.
  6. Watch carefully. Remove custards from water and let cool to room temperature.
  7. Refrigerate until completely cooled.
  8. Just before serving, sprinkle sugar in an even layer over each custard.
  9. Remove any sugar from sides of the ramekin. Caramelize sugar under the broiler until golden.
  10. Remove and serve immediately.
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