crÈme brulÉe

This crème brulée recipe will be a winner with everyone. It is so creamy and rich, with a divine taste that you will be forgiven for thinking it is a taste of heaven on earth!

It is absolutely wonderful for entertaining your friends but is also good for a special treat when you need a little pick me up!

Ingredients (Serves 6)

·         ¾ pint double cream

·         6 egg yolks

·         1½ tbsps vanilla sugar or castor sugar

·         2 tbsp almond or orange liqueur

·         50gm light brown sugar

·         1 vanilla pod


You will need 6 ramekin dishes placed in an oven dish or tin. Have these ready.

·         Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F / Gas 4)

·         Place the cream into a heavy based saucepan.

·         Split the vanilla pod and scrape out the seeds into the cream.

·         Bring to boil, stirring continuously.

·         Remove from heat and leave to stand for about 15 minutes.

·         Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar and liqueur until well blended.

·         Gradually, whisk in the cream.

·         Pour into the ramekin dishes.

·         Pour boiling water into the oven dish so that it comes half way up the ramekin dishes.

·         Cover the whole dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes until they are set.

·         When set, sprinkle with brown sugar and place under broiler/grill for about 30 seconds or until sugar melts/caramelises.

·         Place in refrigerator to chill before serving.


Another method to brulée or burn them is to use a blowtorch. This is quite simple, you just need a bit of confidence to do it for the first time. Protect the edges of the dishes with foil and aim the flame over the surface for a few seconds until browned.

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