Monday, February 19, 2024

Crème Brûlée

Crème Brûlée is a favorite dessert! 

I fixed this for a Valentine treat, but cut the recipe in half.

Look at this amazingly gorgeous floral design that my granddaughter Cissy made in her elective Floral Design class in high school!!  I was the lucky recipient of this beautiful gift.  Cissy has earned a Master Floral Design Certificate.

I thought the floral arrangement looked especially beautiful with this matching teapot and teacup set that good friends gave me years ago.

If you've never made Crème Brûlée you should give it a try, as it's really easy, but so impressive!

Yield: supposed to make 6, but I get 10-11
Author: Kitty, adapted from Tyler Florence
Creme Brûlée

Creme Brûlée

I usually only make this once a year because it is TOO GOOD!


  • 9 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup superfine white sugar (I use regular sugar)
  • 1 quart heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla bean (I have also substituted a tablespoon of vanilla )


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream together egg yolks and sugar with a whisk until the mixture is pale yellow and thick.
  2. Pour cream into a medium saucepan over low heat. Using a paring knife, split the vanilla bean down the middle, scrape out the seeds and add them to saucepan. 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 hot cream too quickly or the eggs will cook.
  3. Divide custard into ramekins, about 3/4 full. (Somehow, Tyler Florence uses 6 ramekins, but ( I get 10-11 servings from this recipe & some of my ramekins are bigger than 6 ounces!). Place ramekins in a roasting pan and fill pan with enough (hot) water to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake until the creme brulee 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 (I even make them a day ahead & chill in the fridge.) Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar on top of each chilled custard (brown sugar is yummy, too!) Hold a kitchen torch 2 inches above surface to brown the sugar and form a crust. Garnish with fresh fruit & a sprig of mint , if desired. Serve at once.


You can also put these under the broiler and watch them very carefully.

I also cut this recipe in half and still get around 5 servings. Just use 4-5 egg yolks.

Molly and Connor came over to visit me on Valentine's Day bringing Crumbl Cookies and the pretty arrangement that Cissy had made.  They made my day!  Have you had Crumbl Cookies??  They are so good!!

Thank you for your visit!  xo


  1. Gorgeous arrangement and tea service with it, Kitty! I love creme brulee, and so does Will. It looks so pretty in the heart dishes!

  2. I love creme brulee! Yours looks wonderful!

  3. What a lovely Valentine tea setting. Cissy did a fabulous job on the floral arrangement. I also love your cute heart sweater!

    1. P.S. can you reuse the envelope as a planter?

  4. The creme brulee looks so good and thanks for the recipe. I love that pretty floral arrangement and I hope you have a nice week Kitty.

  5. Oh I just love the beautiful Valentine floral arrangement Cissy made for you! She has your gifts and talents, Kitty! Your floral teacup matches perfectly too... and I love the smile on your face with your kids visiting! I've never made creme brulee but it does sound wonderful! Thank you for the recipe, it does sound easy and quite delicious!

  6. That floral arrangement is lovely! What a fun class to have in high school; I would have loved that. I bet that dessert tastes wonderful. I bought my son a kitchen torch years ago but we have yet to actually use it.

  7. Cissy did such a beautiful job with her floral arrangement Kitty! I love the pink metal envelope container she used too! I haven’t had Crème Brûlée in so long, love it in your pretty pink heart dish. So a cute photo of you in your sweater with Molly and Connor. I have never had a Crumbl Cookie, I just googled and saw there is one about 45 minutes away. My hubby is a cookie monster, I’ll have to check them out when I’m out that direction.
    P.S. I put something in the mail to you, USPS shows it should arrive tomorrow, fingers crossed it arrives safely! Enjoy your week ♥

  8. Kitty, Cissy’s flower arrangement is beautiful. I love crème brûlée, but have never made it at home. Thanks for sharing your recipe. The teapot and cup/saucer are lovely!

  9. Cissy's floral arrangement is absolutely stunning! What a sweet thing. She is really good!
    Creme brulee - oh it is truly the best! I have never made it but will choose that if offered at any restaurant when I have room for a dessert. YUM! Crumbl cookies is huge around here too - and their offerings are always changing. We are going out to dinner tonight and the place is near a Crumbl. May have to pop in and see what looks great. (Everything, right?) Your tablescape is lovely, as always!

  10. Creme Brulee is one of my all-time favorite desserts! I love the crunchy top and creamy center. What a beautiful floral arrangement! The pink striped box is so perfect with the red, white an pink flowers. She is talented!

  11. What a beautiful floral arrangement, Kitty! Cissy is very talented. Creme brulee is one of my favourite desserts, but I haven't made it in a long while. Time to remedy that.

  12. Your flowers are beautiful Kitty! Looks like you had a very nice Val-Day:@)

  13. What a lovely floral Cissy made. I have those same heart shaped creme brulee dishes. Your's turned out wonderful!

  14. Great recipe. Beautiful flowers arrangement! That Teapot and teacup are wonderful. Adorable family photo . Hugs.

  15. Cissy is so talented. Love the floral arrangement. A fabulous photo of you and your daughter and Connor. crème brûlée is a favorite of mine. I like making it for dinner parties. Crumble cookies are pretty yummy. We have a store near us. Fat Dad Foodies has shared copycat recipes of Crumbl at my link parties.

  16. Cissy did such a great job on your arrangement! I can see why she earned her certificate! I have always been fascinated with creme brulee, but I have never tried to make it. I hope you are doing well, sweet friend. God bless you.


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