Custard Recipes

Crème Brulee recipe

Crème brulee is a classic dish and it's actually a lot easier to make than you might think. It's very simple, and the burnt top can be achieved under the grill or by using a blow-torch.


  • 6 tbsp. caster sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 600ml double cream
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Heat the oven to 150C.

  2. Beat the egg yolks with 4 tbsp. of the caster sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the vanilla.

  3. Heat the cream until almost boiling, then pour over the egg mixture and whisk until combined.

  4. Pour into a bowl suspended over a pan of barely simmering water and cook for around 4 minutes, until thickened.

  5. Pour the custard into an oven proof dish, then place this dish into a roasting tin. Put this into the oven, then pour boiling water into the roasting tin so it comes halfway up the sides of the dish.

  6. Cook for 30-40 minutes until set. Leave the custard to cool. Mix the remaining caster sugar and brown sugar together and then sprinkle this over the custard. Melt under the grill or using a blow-torch.

Flavour the crème brulee using whichever flavourings you like - you could omit the vanilla and use organic lemon or orange extract for an entirely different pud. Recipe serves 6-8.

Author: Laura Young

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Published: January 25, 2012
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