Monday, November 29, 2010

Crème Brulée: "Burnt Cream"

Another classic french English dessert that is always a crowd pleaser especially when your guests get to flambé it themselves. 

The full Mark Bitmann recipe can be found here or below: 

  • 2 cups heavy or light cream, or half-and-half
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar, more for topping
  • 1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. In a saucepan, combine cream and vanilla bean and cook over low heat just until hot. Let sit for a few minutes, then discard vanilla bean. (If using vanilla extract, add it now.)
  • 2. In a bowl, beat yolks and sugar together until light. Stir about a quarter of the cream into this mixture, then pour sugar-egg mixture into cream and stir. Pour into four 6-ounce ramekins and place ramekins in a baking dish; fill dish with boiling water halfway up the sides of the dishes. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until centers are barely set. Cool. Ramekins can be wrapped tightly and refrigerated for a couple of days.
  • 3. When ready to serve, top each custard with about a teaspoon of sugar in a thin layer. Place ramekins in a broiler 2 to 3 inches from heat source. Turn on broiler. Cook until sugar melts and browns or even blackens a bit, about 5 minutes. Serve within two hours.

Crispy sugary crust, smooth sweet cream with a touch of tartness from strawberries and blueberries.

Happy Flambéing!


Thanks to Patrick, I have been informed that Crème Brulée is actually an ENGLISH dessert. A fun fact that you can now mention at stuffy dinner parties. ;) 


  1. Patrick Sung CuadradoNovember 29, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    You know, creme brulee is an English dessert. Check it out!

    "Créme brulee is a classic dish of smooth custard with a caramelized sugar topping. The origin of créme brulee is hotly debated. Trinity College in Cambridge, England contends to be the first producer of the dessert in the 1600's when they called it Cambridge burnt cream or Trinity cream. The college has an iron with the official college crest which is used to burn the sugar top."

  2. I wish you lived closer so I could eat your (veggie) food and then blog about it.

  3. you know, each successive post makes me think: time for berry picking? taro ice creme? puff pastries? homemade whip cream? taiwanese food? pumpkin ale? EEEEE can't wait to visit! already moved over my december vacation :) :) :)