Thursday, October 18, 2012

Creme Brulee

I'm hard to please when it comes to eating out. I expect food to be really, really tasty at restaurants and anything otherwise is simply unforgivable. We went out to this restaurant called Turquoise in Koramangala. We went to the Italian kitchen floor. I never get too excited before I start my meal as it mostly leads to disappointment.  But, this time, I really loved the food and the ambiance. We had some good veg crostini misti, which is toasted Italian bread with a savory assortment of mushrooms, tomatoes and ricotta cheese.  For main, I had a chicken cappellacci which was a stuffed chicken pasta . The dim-lit environment did not give me an opportunity for good snaps with my point and shoot :( 

When it came to dessert, I had to have tiramisu and he had creme brulee.   I loved it and so, as you can guess, I had to try creme brulee at home and here is my home-made dessert. Did some research on this dessert and came to know that creme brulee means burnt cream. Origin of creme brulee? Some say it's, English, some say French and some say Spanish. You'll never know.

The biggest challenge in this recipe was to create that caramel crust on the dessert without a blow torch. But, my oven was good enough for the job and everything turned out great.

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4  cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
For topping:
  • Fine sugar - 1 tbspn 



  • Preheat oven to 150°C (325° F).  
  • Heat a kettle of water and keep ready.
  • Beat egg yolks, sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl until thick and creamy.
  • In a saucepan, pour cream and milk  and stir over low heat until it almost comes to boil. Remove from heat immediately. Let rest for 10 mins.
  • Stir cream-milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture. Beat until combined and it turns a light color. 
  • Pour the liquid into 2 ramekins. Place the ramekins into a large cake pan or roasting pan. Pour enough hot water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. 
  •  Bake just until the creme brulee is set, but still trembling in the center, approximately 40-45 minutes. Remove the ramekins from the roasting pan and let cool for a while. Then refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Method for creating a caramel crust:
  • Preheat oven to broil. (250°C or 480°F)
  • Sift some fine sugar evenly over the custard and spread till the edges.  
  • Place ramekins on the highest rack position, right under broiler until sugar melts. (about 2 minutes) Watch carefully in order not to burn.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool. Refrigerate until custard is set again. 
  • It is best to caramelize the crust about an hour before serving the pudding . That way the crust remains crisp and does not get soggy when left for too long in the refrigerator.



  1. love this recipe and you have done it perfect :) yum can i have some?

  2. Looks picture perfect. Yummy dessert

  3. Hey Smitha, long time. I love creme brulee and the caramel crust is so perfect, even though you did it in the oven.

  4. Lovely dessert.. looks yummm :)

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  5. I love this....I was searching for perfect creme brulee recipe for the past few days..Wow, this is amazing n clear explanation...Bookmarked...Will try soon:) Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Hey Smitha, long long time! The Creme Brûlée looks very good. Yours is the best under the broiler method that I have seen so far! Also, congratulations on your beautiful baby girl ! 😊

  8. Hey Smitha, long long time! The Creme Brûlée looks very good. Yours is the best under the broiler method that I have seen so far! Also, congratulations on your beautiful baby girl ! 😊


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