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Classic Infused Creme Brulee Recipe
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Classic Infused Creme Brulee

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"This basic vanilla-bean recipe is so versatile and can be used as the base for many different variations of this classic dessert. The only problem is that it goes fast even when you triple and quadruple the batch! My kids like to top with sliced bananas, sprinkle with sugar and then caramelize with the torch. To finish it off, they drizzle it with homemade chocolate sauce to make a banana split creme brulee."

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Original recipe makes 8 4-ounce ramekins Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    4 hrs 20 mins


  1. Place an oven rack slightly lower than center in oven and preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  2. Whisk milk, cream, 2/3 cup sugar, salt, scrapings from vanilla bean, and split vanilla bean in a saucepan over medium heat until the mixture just reaches a boil; remove from heat and set aside to cool, about 10 minutes.
  3. Whisk egg yolks in a bowl for a few strokes; whisk in hot cream mixture about 1 tablespoon at a time at first, whisking thoroughly before adding the next amount. As the yolk mixture becomes warmer, increase the amount of cream mixture you whisk in to about 1/4 cup at a time.
  4. Strain the cream through a fine sieve and spoon into 8 4-ounce ramekins. Discard spent vanilla pod. Set the ramekins into a roasting pan and pour in enough hot water to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the desserts are softly set, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove the roasting pan and let the desserts cool in the water bath to room temperature. Chill in refrigerator at least 2 hours. Desserts will hold for 2 to 3 days in refrigerator before topping with sugar.
  6. Sprinkle about 1/2 tablespoon of sugar evenly over the top of each dessert. Use a kitchen torch to lightly brown and caramelize the sugar until melted, about 1 minute. Move the torch quickly to avoid burning. Let caramelized topping cool for about 10 minutes, then serve.
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May 10, 2013

My husband makes creme brulee almost exactly like this, but uses sweetened condensed milk instead of whole milk, then uses a 50/50 blend of brown and white sugar to carmalized the top and finishes it with frozen mixed berries (from the grocery store freezer section) - c'est magnifique!!!

Jan 06, 2013

These came out great in terms of flavor and texture, a bit too sweet for my taste but that could easily be adjusted. The only thing I did differently was add a folded tea towel to the bottom of the roasting pan, lay the ramekins on it and then fill up with hot water. The towel keeps the ramekins from sliding around and adds and extra layer of insulation for gentle cooking.

Mar 23, 2014

Although the taste was good I have two issues with this recipe, or perhaps my interpretation of it. By whisking as it says to do you create a lot of bubbles. I read somewhere else using a spatula instead gets rid of the bubbles. My bigger problem though was I could not get the creme to set, they came out rather runny. Thoughts?


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  • Calories
  • 298 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 27 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 216 mg
  • 72%
  • Fat
  • 20.3 g
  • 31%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Protein
  • 3.4 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 29 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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