Creme Brulee Recipe

Surprise your sweetheart by learning how to make this classic dessert in your own kitchen.
Creme Brûlée With Fruit

Creme Brûlée With Fruit

Top creamy custard with a layer of browned sugar for a decadent dessert that's sure to impress your guests. Get the recipe: http://www.hgtv.com/entertaining/creme-brulee-recipe/index.html

Photo by: Branislav Senic

Branislav Senic

It's creamy with a bit of crunch, and creme brulee can be easily made in the home kitchen.

Ingredients and Tools

1 quart heavy cream
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
1 cup vanilla sugar, divided
6 large egg yolks
2 quarts hot water
culinary torch
fruit for garnish (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 325° F.
2. Place the cream, vanilla bean and its pulp into a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
3. Remove from the heat, cover and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Remove the vanilla bean and reserve for another use.
4. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup sugar and the egg yolks until well blended.
5. Add the cream a little at a time, stirring continually.
6. Pour the liquid into six (7- to 8-ounce) ramekins. Place the ramekins into a large cake pan or roasting pan.
7. Pour enough hot water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
8. Bake just until the liquid is set, but still trembling in the center, approximately 40 to 45 minutes.
9. Remove the ramekins from the roasting pan and refrigerate for at least two hours and up to three days.
10. Remove the ramekins from the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before browning the sugar on top. Divide the remaining 1/2 cup vanilla sugar equally among the six dishes and spread evenly on top.
11. Using a torch, melt the sugar and form a crispy top. Allow the creme brulee to sit for at least 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with fruit, if desired.

Yield: 6 servings

Keep Reading

Next Up

Pink Raspberry Macaron Recipe

Bring Parisian flair to your Valentine's Day party with pink raspberry macarons.

Triple Chocolate Brownies Recipe

These super-decadent brownies combine three luscious kinds of chocolate that will make you swoon.

Cupid's Crispie Treats Recipe

These little crispie treats are spiced up just a bit with the addition of cinnamon imperials. We gave ours a sweet twist by inserting arrows straight from Cupid's bow.

Chocolate Brownie Pudding Recipe

This chocolate brownie pudding is the ultimate sinful treat. Somewhere between a brownie and a molten lava cake, this one is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Eclairs With White Chocolate and Strawberries Recipe

Take a trip to France this Valentine's Day by making your sweetheart homemade eclairs covered in white chocolate and topped with strawberries.

Valentine's Day Giant M&M Cookies Recipe

Try this nostalgic cookie recipe that mixes M&M's into classic sugar cookie dough for a treat that's soft, chewy and delicious as ever.

Neapolitan Bonbon Cupcakes Recipe

Fancy chocolates make a festive topping for these Neapolitan cupcakes. For an extra-special gift, use your sweetheart's favorite variety to finish off these treats.

Chocolate Soup (for Two) Recipe

Chocolate soup is a fun and unexpected way to end Valentine's Day dinner. Silky and indulgent, this recipe generously serves two. Use bittersweet chocolate chips or your favorite brand of chocolate bar.

Heritage Red Velvet Cake Recipe

This cake gets its heart shape from a hand-drawn template and serrated knife — no specialty pans required here.

Homemade Valentine's Day Mints Recipe

These homemade candy hearts will surely impress your valentine. You can even add their favorite color or flavoring for an extra-special touch.

On TV

Flip or Flop

8:30am | 7:30c

Flip or Flop

9:30am | 8:30c

Flip or Flop

10am | 9c

Flip or Flop

10:30am | 9:30c

Flip or Flop

11am | 10c

Flip or Flop

11:30am | 10:30c
12pm | 11c

House Hunters

12:30pm | 11:30c

House Hunters

1pm | 12c

House Hunters

1:30pm | 12:30c

House Hunters

2:30pm | 1:30c

House Hunters

3:30pm | 2:30c

House Hunters

4:30pm | 3:30c

House Hunters

5:30pm | 4:30c

House Hunters

6:30pm | 5:30c

House Hunters

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Tiny House Hunters

8pm | 7c

Tiny House Hunters

8:30pm | 7:30c

Tiny House Hunters

9:30pm | 8:30c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

Tiny House Hunters

12:30am | 11:30c

House Hunters

1am | 12c

Tiny House Hunters

3:30am | 2:30c

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.