Crème Brûlée


This post has been a long time coming! I can’t believe I haven’t shared a crème brûlée recipe until now! It is one of my absolute favorite desserts! It is made of three of my most loved ingredients after all, cream, sugar and vanilla beans.

Creme Brulee in remekin

What Is Crème Brûlée?

Creme brulee is a french dessert that literally means “burnt cream,” as it is a custard with a hard caramelized shell coating the top. It is generally served at room temperature in individual dishes called “ramekins.” The contrasting layers make it one of my favorite recipes – Try it and you’ll find out why!

How To Make Creme Brulee

It really doesn’t get much better than this! To crack through that incredibly crisp, perfectly caramelized, candy-like shell, into a rich, luscious and perfectly smooth custard is something to dream about. And this recipe just happens to be my all time favorite! I’ve never had a crème brûlée I enjoyed more.  It’s got to have something to do with the quality of vanilla beans I added to them.


I used Singing Dog Vanilla Beans and they are the best I’ve ever used. 

how to make Creme Brulee with Vanilla Beans

This is a dessert that’s perfect for any occasion. Birthday, Easter, Christmas, wedding shower, celebrating a day of work – you name it.

You just can’t go wrong with these! It’s a dessert everyone will love.

Best Creme Brulee With Raspberry

And they are easier to make than you’d think. Plus it’s really not scary working with a culinary torch if that’s what you’ve been nervous about.

If you are looking for one to purchase you can get them on Amazon HERE.

I have seen some recipes that use the broiler to caramelize the sugar but I like to use a culinary torch because it gives you more control over how evenly the sugar melts.

Creme Brulee on plate

If you don’t have a torch and don’t want to invest in one than you can try the broiler route.

Once they’re chilled – set the oven rack about 5 – 6 inches away from the broiler.

Place the custards on a rimmed baking sheet, cover custards with the sugar and broil for about 5 minutes until sugar caramelizes – keep a close eye on them though they can burn quickly.

crème brûlée with sugar crunch

Other Best Creme Brulee Recipes

Be sure to check out the other Crème Brûlée desserts I have posted.

  • Crème Brûlée Cheesecake Bars HERE.
  • Crème Brûlée Cupcakes HERE.

Creme Brulee

5 from 4 votes
It really doesn't get much better than this! To crack through that incredibly crisp, perfectly caramelized, candy-like shell, into a rich, luscious and perfectly smooth custard is something to dream about.
Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 7 -6 oz Ramekins


  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar , divided
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Hot water for water bath


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pour cream into a medium saucepan. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean and add to saucepan along with vanilla bean pod. Heat mixture over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until it reaches a light boil. Remove from heat and let rest 15 minutes.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together 3/4 cup granulated sugar and salt with egg yolks until mixture becomes slightly pale. While whisking, slowly pour cream mixture into egg yolk mixture. Stir in vanilla extract and remove vanilla bean pod.
  3. Place ramekins into baking pans. Divide cream mixture among ramekins (about 7 - 6 oz ramekins or about 12 - 4 oz ramekins), filling each nearly full. Pour hot water into pan (being careful not to get any in ramekins) and fill water level to about halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake in preheated oven 30 - 45 minutes, until set but centers still jiggle slightly (bake time will vary based on which size ramekins used, lesser for smaller, greater for larger). Cool at room temperature 30 minutes then transfer to refrigerator to chill 3 hours.
  4. Remove from refrigerator and let rest 20 minutes, then sprinkle tops evenly with remaining sugar. Holding a hand held kitchen torch, about 4-inches from sugar, evenly brown sugar. Remove the flame just before desired shade is reached. Return to refrigerator and chill 20 minutes.
  5. Serve cold.
  6. Recipe Source: method adapted from Alton Brown

Creme Brulee Torch

This post is sponsored by Singing Dog Vanilla, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks for working with me Singing Dog Vanilla, I love your products! 

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  • Joanna F: French vanilla ice cream! July 6, 2014 at 3:05pm Reply

  • Cyndi Morton: Creme Brulee is one of my very favorite desserts, and one of my specialties. I think I won my husband because of it!! lol July 6, 2014 at 3:07pm Reply

  • Kathryn: I love this website. I have made several things from here and they were all incredible. Thank you! July 6, 2014 at 3:09pm Reply

  • Ellen W: Looks like heaven! July 6, 2014 at 3:20pm Reply

  • Terri C: Since its summer I’d probably make vanilla bean ice cream. So good! July 6, 2014 at 3:25pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): I’d try your creme brûlée first because it looks just stunning! Gorgeous photos! July 6, 2014 at 3:28pm Reply

  • Franchesca: I am a big fan of vanilla, I love its sent and flavor. Is use it so much in my organic tea mixtures, and I love exploring new vanilla distributions. Also, this creme brûlée is a must, my Mom’s is coming soon and I will most definitely try this recipient out. My mom is a bi fan of foreign cuisine and baked goods. Thanks so much for the inspiration. From one foodie to another, I wish you happy cooking and lovely meals. July 6, 2014 at 3:32pm Reply

  • Pam Capone: I have my ice cream maker ready to go – vanilla ice cream July 6, 2014 at 3:49pm Reply

  • Jules: Wow! I’ve never had creme brulé before but you make me want to try it! July 6, 2014 at 3:50pm Reply

  • Mary cronin: I would love to try some of these beans while baking! July 6, 2014 at 3:50pm Reply

  • Jules: And the first thing I would make is vanilla bean ice cream!! July 6, 2014 at 3:51pm Reply

  • Katy R: I would love to make those creme brulee cupcakes! July 6, 2014 at 3:54pm Reply

  • Lori: Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting!!! July 6, 2014 at 3:57pm Reply

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar: I love a classic creme brulee so much…awesome recipe! July 6, 2014 at 4:00pm Reply

  • Becca from It’s Yummi!: Oh my gah… this looks AMAZING, Jaclyn!
    The first thing I would make with a basket full of that amazing vanilla is a batch of vanilla bean ice cream! July 6, 2014 at 4:09pm Reply

  • Kellie: I think I would definitely have to try this crème brulee! July 6, 2014 at 4:13pm Reply

  • Lisa: I would make some creme brûlée and maybe a chocolate cake. July 6, 2014 at 4:14pm Reply

  • Sandy Headtke: This weather is making me think vanilla ice cream. July 6, 2014 at 4:15pm Reply

  • Karen Ostrom: oh snap! I’m make your cream Brulee and the next day I’d make some good old fashioned vanilla ice cream July 6, 2014 at 4:19pm Reply

  • Lacie: This looks so good July 6, 2014 at 4:58pm Reply

  • Josi: That crust looks amazing! July 6, 2014 at 5:06pm Reply

  • Dana: coconut brown rice pudding! i bet the vanilla would be fab in it July 6, 2014 at 5:14pm Reply

  • Stephanie K: vanilla ice cream for this hot weather! July 6, 2014 at 5:36pm Reply

  • AmyG: A vanilla bean cheesecake, my husband had one he raved about. July 6, 2014 at 5:42pm Reply

  • Emilie: Your photos are flat-out gorgeous!! July 6, 2014 at 6:01pm Reply

  • Linda: I would make this creme brûlée, because it has been on my list to make for a thousand years, and I have never used the torch I bought for that purpose! July 6, 2014 at 6:11pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: It looks wonderful and I recently just made creme brulee too for the blog. One of those bucket list recipes :) Yours is gorgeous and that crackly top – just beautiful! Pinned of course!

    I’d use the beans to make my own homemade vanilla extract! July 6, 2014 at 6:48pm Reply

  • Estefania: I’m going to try to bake this next weekend for sure! July 6, 2014 at 7:01pm Reply

  • Faye: Yay for good vanilla! I’d love to try this vanilla in a simple buttercream frosting! July 6, 2014 at 7:19pm Reply

  • Kathy: The absolute BEST vanilla! July 6, 2014 at 7:53pm Reply

  • Bevs: Vanilla frosting! July 6, 2014 at 8:18pm Reply

  • Barbara F.: Love vanilla! Such wonderful flavor for no calories! July 6, 2014 at 8:18pm Reply

  • Barbara F.: Vanilla ice cream! July 6, 2014 at 8:21pm Reply

  • Heather LaLonde: I’ve never actually had creme brulee but have always wanted to try it. It always looks so delicious. July 6, 2014 at 8:25pm Reply

  • Lauren G.: Creme brûlée, obviously! Got me craving it now…. July 6, 2014 at 9:55pm Reply

  • Christy: I would make my triple vanilla marshmallows. July 6, 2014 at 10:25pm Reply

  • Matt Robinson: That outer shell looks so incredibly good, love the flavors!! July 6, 2014 at 11:33pm Reply

  • Suz: I would make THIS! July 7, 2014 at 12:57am Reply

  • Bri | Bites of Bri: yummmm! Those beans have so much pulp in them! I’d use them to make vanilla icing, extract, and creme brulee! July 7, 2014 at 4:05am Reply

  • lisatberry: The first thing I would make is ice cream…I’m kinda on a kick lately since I just purchased an ice cream maker. July 7, 2014 at 4:59am Reply

  • Laura Dembowski: I love vanilla so much! These products sound great. And the creme brulee is perfection! July 7, 2014 at 5:44am Reply

  • Jacqui Odell: This looks so yummy! ( I love that it has ice cream in it.) I have never tried making Creme Brulee, but I think I am going to. I also might try those cupcakes!! July 7, 2014 at 6:59am Reply

  • Cheryl E.: I would make this creme brulee! July 7, 2014 at 7:16am Reply

  • Amanda: What a beautiful and classy dessert! :) July 7, 2014 at 7:18am Reply

  • Laura Collins: I’d love to make this creme brûlée! July 7, 2014 at 7:57am Reply

  • Lila: Creme brulee is like heaven in your mouth! Have to be the first thing I would make with all those vanilla goodies! July 7, 2014 at 8:15am Reply

  • Maxine R.: I’m going to try this recipe whether I win or not. This custard/crackly sugar looks marvelous. Great photography, by the way. July 7, 2014 at 8:40am Reply

  • Rachel Taylor: Vanilla ice cream! July 7, 2014 at 9:10am Reply

  • Tricia: I love vanilla ice cream….so that would be my first…… July 7, 2014 at 9:13am Reply

  • Gina Rampy: I have always wanted to make Creme Brulee but have always been “afraid to”. I think I can do this one!! July 7, 2014 at 10:01am Reply

  • Amanda L.: I’d make creme brulee or panna cotta – yum! July 7, 2014 at 10:52am Reply

  • Amy: Awesome post, looks delicious! July 7, 2014 at 11:58am Reply

  • Auntiepatch: Cookies!!! July 7, 2014 at 1:09pm Reply

  • Jocelyn: I would like to make ice cream! July 7, 2014 at 1:14pm Reply

  • Tina: I have never made Crème Brulee so I would have to give it a try!!! July 7, 2014 at 1:34pm Reply

  • kim l: I would make homeade vanilla ice cream July 7, 2014 at 1:35pm Reply

  • Leslie: The first hing I would make is vanilla bean scones. July 7, 2014 at 1:35pm Reply

  • Jessica B: Some delicious & healthy desserts! July 7, 2014 at 1:38pm Reply

  • amanda: Vanilla bean cupcakes! July 7, 2014 at 1:46pm Reply

  • Janet: Creme Brûlée Cupcakes…WHAT! Two of my favorite desserts. Yum! July 7, 2014 at 1:52pm Reply

  • andrea: ooh! I’d make a cheesecake for sure! July 7, 2014 at 1:53pm Reply

  • Shari Kelley: I would love to try your creme brulee recipe and make some homemade vanilla bean ice cream. July 7, 2014 at 2:11pm Reply

  • Lisa Green: I would try your creme brulee recipe, of course! July 7, 2014 at 2:14pm Reply

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress): SUCH gorgeouuus creme brulee!! Love the crackly sugar top! July 7, 2014 at 2:28pm Reply

  • robin: This looks delicious. I will definitely be trying this recipe! July 7, 2014 at 2:40pm Reply

  • Linda romer: I think the first thing I would make is ice cream. July 7, 2014 at 3:21pm Reply

  • Linda: I especially like the Creme Brulee Cupcakes. So cute, and tasty! July 7, 2014 at 3:37pm Reply

  • Cynthia Castro: I would make the creme brûlée cheesecake with my Singing Dog vanilla! July 7, 2014 at 4:00pm Reply

  • Barclay Stone: I think, Creme Brulee! I mean, I already have a FABULOUS recipe! why not? July 7, 2014 at 4:13pm Reply

  • Alison C: I would love to make your crème brulee with the vanilla from Singing Dog Vanilla!
    Thanks for the chance to win. July 7, 2014 at 5:21pm Reply

  • Yvonne: Vanilla bean cake with vanilla bean ice cream! July 7, 2014 at 5:34pm Reply

  • Jeanne: Creme Brulee, of course!! ;-) July 7, 2014 at 5:59pm Reply

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet: Creme brulee is pure indulgence! One of my favorite special treats! This is gorgeous and I would totally make this first! Pinned! July 7, 2014 at 6:38pm Reply

  • salma: i would make vanilla tea :) with soy milk July 7, 2014 at 8:09pm Reply

  • Bryn: Vanilla bean ice cream July 8, 2014 at 4:30am Reply

  • Ilene: I would make oatmeal coconut chewies. They have a very noticeable vanilla flavor. July 8, 2014 at 5:31am Reply

  • Tarah: This creme brulee! I love creme brulee but have never successfully made it at home. July 8, 2014 at 8:00am Reply

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction: Creme brulee is such a great dessert! Love those creme brulee cheesecake bars, too! July 8, 2014 at 10:26am Reply

  • Ruchita: I would make some homemade vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting! July 8, 2014 at 11:58am Reply

  • Tami B: I can’t wait to try the Creme Brulee recipe. If I won the basket I have no idea what I would make first- I have so many good recipes that call for vanilla. July 8, 2014 at 12:18pm Reply

  • Cheryl: Looks amazing and I love creme brûlée July 8, 2014 at 2:01pm Reply

  • Amy S.: I would make vanilla ice cream or your creme brulee. It looks amazing! July 8, 2014 at 2:02pm Reply

  • Raquel: I’ve been wanting to make my own vanilla extract and give some as gifts for Christmas this year! That’s what I would do with the vanilla beans.

    I’ve never commented before, but I wanted to say thanks for several wonderful recipes that I have made and added to my recipe box of keepers. I especially love your pumpkin doughnut muffins with glaze. July 8, 2014 at 3:05pm Reply

  • Kristin: I’ve been dying to break out the ice cream maker….I’d be scooping vanilla ice cream in no time! July 8, 2014 at 4:38pm Reply

  • Emma: Vanilla bean cake! July 9, 2014 at 5:42pm Reply

  • Amal: I’d make Raspberry Swirled Cheesecake Cupcakes for sure! July 9, 2014 at 7:59pm Reply

  • Carrie Coroneos: Mmmm my fave!! Making this tonight!! July 10, 2014 at 5:09am Reply

  • Rachelle Nelson: love LoVe LOVE creme brulee!!!! I have yet to make it and I need to share this with Hubster.
    I also use vanilla extract and paste in almost everything. LOVE it!!!! July 11, 2014 at 1:20pm Reply

  • Tracy: The first thing I would make is vanilla caramels July 12, 2014 at 5:18am Reply

  • Christie: Ice cream for sure! July 12, 2014 at 9:30am Reply

  • jordan: I have been dying to make creme brulee. It looks so good. July 12, 2014 at 9:40am Reply

  • Lisa Aliperti: I would have to make a vanilla bean cake with dark chocolate icing. July 12, 2014 at 9:57am Reply

  • Karla: I would make vanilla sugar…so yummy on fresh strawberries! July 12, 2014 at 10:21am Reply

  • Josephine Amrhein: The 1st thing I would make with Singing dog vanilla – Humming Bird cake with Vanilla Cream cheese frosting! July 12, 2014 at 12:21pm Reply

  • Jamie: Looks so so yummy! July 12, 2014 at 1:02pm Reply

  • JenniferAnne: I would make rice pudding July 13, 2014 at 12:33am Reply

  • Alisha: Mmmm….crème brulee! July 13, 2014 at 7:49am Reply

  • Josie: First thing I’d make wit this gift basket are those creme brûlée cupcakes! They look delicious!! July 13, 2014 at 9:18am Reply

  • Ann: I would make a vanilla bean mousse with raspberry sauce. July 13, 2014 at 2:07pm Reply

  • Nailouchka: c est un super cadeau de fin d annee que vous me faites, la creme brulee est mon dessert prefere et les photos sont reussies. merci et bonne annee 2O15. January 5, 2015 at 7:57am Reply

  • Waylon Carpenter: This is incredible. Creme brulee. One of the thing that i can eat for the rest of my life. July 27, 2015 at 10:00am Reply

  • Randy Johnson: Creme Brulee is one of my very favorite desserts, and one of my specialties. I think I won my husband because of it!! lol September 15, 2015 at 4:44am Reply

  • brazilian hair bundles: Creme brulee is my best love! November 11, 2015 at 8:42pm Reply

  • Mary ann: I’ll never forget ordering creme brûlée in a small Michelin star restaurant in Fr. Lorraine and to my surprise and delight, the crust was flavored with earl grey tea! Vive la change! March 3, 2016 at 4:31am Reply

  • Kristin H: I made this for my Mother’s Day dessert. I always like trying new things, and just like to dabble in all kinds of baking and cooking just so I can say I’ve tried it all. Creme brulee is one of those desserts that never looked that amazing to me. I never understood why people raved about this dessert, BUT I wanted to say that I had made it, so I did for Mother’s Day. This was absolutely divine! Now I know why people love it. This was really easy to make. It had such a delicious flavor. This is another keeper! Thank you, Jaclyn. :) May 8, 2016 at 6:58pm Reply

    • Kristin H: Oops! I have a question about making this. Is it possible to make this without a kitchen torch? I’m always passing your recipes on to my mom and all my sisters, but I know none of them have a kitchen torch. Would putting these under the broiler work? May 8, 2016 at 7:05pm Reply

  • Pat: How many does this serve for the ingredients provided? November 14, 2016 at 3:50pm Reply

  • James Draper: Now this is one of my weaknesses, Crème Brûlée! It’s a running tradition in my family to do it every Easter and we have a little competition going on so I’ll keep this recipe in mind for the next time. It looks absolutely delicious, thanks! May 13, 2017 at 3:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it! Thanks James! May 25, 2017 at 11:42am Reply

  • Adriana: Creme Brulee Cupcakes? Sign me up!!! June 16, 2017 at 2:52am Reply

  • Mrschessiepup: Not many restaurants around here have creme brûlée on their menu. We found one on Mackinaw Island and we would go there just for desert. I found your recipe and now I make it better than the restaurant! Best recipe ever!! July 14, 2017 at 8:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you like it! July 26, 2017 at 2:52pm Reply

  • Lynda Davidson: The first time making cream brûlée. The instruction perfect! Was nervous oh, is it cooked? The giggle in the middle was so correct. My husbands comment, we need to get larger ramikins. I ended up with 8 ramekins, company for dinner tomorrow, so we were lucky for the testers tonight! The vanilla flavour was awesome with the bean.
    Thank you this is a keeper! November 7, 2017 at 8:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Lynda! November 8, 2017 at 11:12am Reply

  • Emi: The best recipe ever, will never try other recipes!!..thanks November 13, 2017 at 8:57am Reply

  • Kristin: If I don’t have vanilla beans on-hand, but I have vanilla bean paste instead, how would you recommend that I use this substitution? Would I heat the cream to a light boil without adding the vanilla bean paste until afterward or should they be heated up together? Thanks for any help! January 20, 2018 at 9:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: The paste can be added the same time the vanilla beans were listed. Hope you enjoy! January 28, 2018 at 12:10pm Reply

  • Creme Brulee – An Easy Recipe With Step By Step Pictures: […] Recipe adapted from here […] February 12, 2018 at 12:41pm Reply

  • Tina: This turned out PERFECT!!! Everyone loved it and ask me to make it again and again. Love having this recipe. February 21, 2018 at 1:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you enjoyed it Tina! February 22, 2018 at 6:17pm Reply

  • Isabelle: Very good and easy to do. Thank you for sharing! April 25, 2018 at 7:08pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Isabelle! April 27, 2018 at 11:01am Reply

  • Jane: Love this recipe, its worth sharing on our blog.
    My favorite part is cracking the caramelized sugar.
    Jane @ Newport Zero May 2, 2018 at 8:19am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you enjoyed it – thanks for your feedback! May 2, 2018 at 2:56pm Reply

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