Monday, February 1, 2021

Creme Brûlée

When I first started my blog, with the  help and encouragement of my darling daughter, back in 2011, I posted this favorite recipe, and I'd like to share again.  It really is so good, and perfect for Valentine's Day.  

Several years ago, some dear friends of mine gifted me this beautiful tea set that came with six teacups, the creamer and sugar and  tea bag caddies.  Isn't it perfect for Valentine's Day?

The teacup is shaped so beautifully.

My ever faithful lady head vase is being used to root some grape ivy right now, and I stuck a faux rose in to brighten her up.

My friend, Marla, hand stitched two of these too- pretty-to-use coasters for me last year.

Yield: The recipe states 6, but I get 11-12, and even when making half a recipe, I get 5
Author: Made by Kitty but recipe is from Tyler Florence
Creme Brulee

Creme Brûlée 

This recipe is simply the best, and people that try it are so impressed by it.


  • 9 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup superfine white sugar (I just use regular sugar)
  • 1 quart heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla bean (I use 1 tablespoon of vanilla bean paste when I don't have a vanilla bean, or vanilla extract)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl cream together the egg yolks and sugar with a whisk until  the mixture is pale yellow and thick. ( I use my mixer to do this.)
  3. Pour cream into a medium saucepan over low heat.  Using a paring knife, split the vanilla bean down the middle, scrap out the seeds and add them to saucepan (or add the vanilla bean paste at this time).
  4. Bring cream to a brief simmer, do not boil or it will overflow.  Remove from heat and temper the yolks by gradually whisking the hot vanilla cream into yolk and sugar mixture.  Do not add cream too quickly or the eggs will cook.
  5. Divide custard into ramekins, about 3/4 full. Place ramekins into a roasting pan or large cake pan, and fill pan with enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  6. Bake until the creme brûlée is set, but still a little wiggly in the center, about 40 minutes.  You may want to cover loosely with foil to prevent browning.  Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.  Transfer the ramekins to the refrigerator and chill for 2 hours. 
  7. Right before serving, sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon sugar.  Hold a kitchen torch 2 inches above the surface to brown the sugar to form a crust.  Garnish with fresh fruit, if desired.  Serve at once.


You can also put the sugared creme brûlées under the broiler and watch very carefully.

I keep these creme brûlées, covered, in my fridge for several days, and they are still wonderful. Just remember to torch them just before serving.

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  1. Adorable Tea set at your charming table!The creme brulee looks perfect! Ten years of your adorable blog,congratulations!Love that pretty doily and gorgeous tea spoon too.Your vase is unique.Have a lovely week,Kitty.

  2. I never tire of eating Creme Brulee or as we call it in Australia Creme Caramel. Love the romantic rose pattern and colour on your pretty teapot and teacup. Oh, I remember your sweet lady pot.....'tis lovely to see her again, Kitty.

  3. Happy February Kitty! Your Crème Brulee looks delicious, especially served alongside a warm cup of tea from your pretty floral tea cup and tea pot. Hope you’re staying warm and cozy. ♥

  4. Love your beautiful tea set Kitty. So very pretty. Oh my goodness I love Creme Brûlée . Have never tried to make any. It always intimidated me I guess. I might give a shot. The best I have ever had was two years ago my family carried me to Ruth Chris and oh my! It was like heaven. Especially since I didn't have to pay for it. LOL! Have a good week dear Kitty. Hugs and blessings Cindy

  5. What a perfect dessert to serve for Valentine's Day. Thanks for the recipe and I hope you have a great week Kitty.

  6. Hi Kitty! Such a lovely St. Valentine tea post. Your china - especially gifted from dear ones - is especially beautiful and perfect for this special holiday. And Creme Brulee? That has to be the most delicious decadent dessert in the world to me. I have never made it, either. My daughter has but I have not. One of these days I shall. (But will have to wait until I can entertain again or I'd be tempted to eat it ALL!)

    Have a fabulous day, week - and now new month as well. Sure is flying fast!! Hugs!!

  7. Kitty, Your tea set is lovely and the roses are gorgeous! I have never made creme brulee but have thought about it from time to time. If I ever do make it, I will let you know how it turned out. Yours looks delicious and would be a perfect Valentines dessert. Hope you have a wonderful week. Hugs...Sandi

  8. I'm swooning over your pretty tea times. Gotta love friends who support our tea hobby and have excellent taste in teawares!

  9. I always love seeing your beautiful tea cups!

  10. oh so lovely! hard to believe it's Valentine's Day in less than 2 weeks! If ever we needed a serendipitous break in mid-winter, it's this year!

    celebrating with you, friend ...

  11. I want this SO BAD right now!!!!!!! Ramon bought me one of those torches, and I’m dying to use it! I’ll torch my Froot Loops if I have to just to play with it!!!😄 But creme brûlée would be my preference!😉 Maybe Super Bowl Sunday when our KANSAS CITY CHIEFS play!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Such a lovely tea set and yes, perfect for Valentine's Day. The lady head vase is just so cute and good idea to start rooting ivy for spring. I always enjoy using my ivy to start spring topiaries. I think the sweet coasters are much to pretty to use Kitty. My husband loves creme brûlée so I need to try this recipe, sounds delicious! Happy February Kitty........

  13. Oh, that teapot is divine! So elegant along with your beautiful set all ready for Valentine's Day! Guess it's time for me to buy a torch so I can make creme brulee. Yours looks delicious in the polka dot ramekin.

  14. I have heard of this often, but I never knew how to make it, and it sounded so fancy! You make it sound like something even I, who am accustomed only to cooking very country, downhome food, can do! I love visiting your blog - it is so comforting. God bless you, sweet friend!

  15. That does sound delicious! I have never tried making crème brulee. Pinned.

  16. Creme brulee is as pretty in presentation as it is in tasting delight! I love it. My brother-in-law who loves to cook makes it, and it's a real treat to have it torched and served at the table! Your tea service and accompaniments (what a thoughtful spoon!) make for loving surroundings. Beautiful, Kitty!

  17. I love all your Valentine pretties Kitty, and the teacup is gorgeous! I love your stamped Nana teaspoon too and the Creme Brulee sounds divine~ I've only made creme brulee twice, and I must make it again, it is soooo good!

  18. Creme brulee is such a delicious treat! You have me craving some. Your Valentine decor is so pretty.

  19. A very fancy dessert Kitty! I love your tea spoon too:@)

  20. It is a beautiful tea set for Valentine's Day. This dessert is one of my very favorites. I like the addition of berries.

  21. Your tea set is perfect for Valentine's Day, Kitty! So beautiful. Creme Brulee is one of my all-time favorite desserts. I bought a small kitchen torch just to make creme brulee but I haven't tried it yet at home. I need to make this for a special occasion soon.

  22. I am a huge fan of creme brulee - yours looks divine. Your dishes are just stunning too. Thanks for all the smiles you bring by sharing your beautiful posts. XO

  23. Hello, Dear Kitty, your creme brulee has me craving some right now - it's been so long since I've had any (my go-to restaurant dessert). I love your polka-dot ramekin and sweet lady vase and coasters, and of course, your beautiful tea set. Thank you for the recipe! Hugs xo K

  24. Congratulations your Creme Brulee, is featured on Full Plate Thursday, 523 this week! Thanks so much for sharing this delicious recipe with us, this is one of my favorite desserts. I sure hope that you are staying warm and cozy in this awful ice storm. We are staying warm and cozy in our little cottage!
    Miz Helen


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