Creme brulee

Creme brulee

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  • 8
  • Easy
  • 10 minutes
  • 40 minutes


  • 3 cups cream
  • 1/3 cup castor sugar
  • 6 extra-large free-range egg yolks
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 T castor sugar, for dusting

Cooking Instructions

Heat 3 cups cream in a medium saucepan just until bubbles form around the edge.

Stir in 1/3 cup castor sugar.

Beat 6 extra-large free-range egg yolks until pale. Very gradually, lightly whisk in the hot cream. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Skim off any surface bubbles.

Strain into 8 small heatproof dishes, wider than deep. Place in a roasting pan or baking dish with enough hot water to come halfway up sides of dishes.

Bake at 160°C for 30 minutes or until a tester inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool, then chill well.

Before serving, sift about a tablespoon of castor sugar over each custard. Place in a roasting pan filled with ice, then slide under a hot grill until the sugar melts and caramelises.

Alternatively, use a blowtorch to melt and brown the sugar.

Cook's notes: Serve this wonderfully rich custard with its crisp, burnt crust in small portions.

Phillippa Cheifitz Recipe by: Phillippa Cheifitz
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Regular TASTE contributor Phillippa is a well-known South African author and food writer, and has won many awards, both for her magazine features and her cookbooks.

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