Step-by-step authentic Crème Brûlée - make it at home the French way

Published Wednesday, Apr 9 2014, 19:20 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Fancy making an authentic French crème brûlée? We've got an easy step-by-step-guide here.

Courtesy of French restaurant chain Bistrot Pierre, this is the real deal, with a crunchy top and creamy, custard filling. It's a great dessert to serve when you're looking to impress or want something that little bit special. And despite its sophisticated look, it is relatively easy to make.

Crème brûlée

© Bistrot Pierre


  • 6 egg yolks
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 625ml whipped cream
  • 1ml vanilla essence
  • Mint leaves to garnish (optional)


1 Pour the cream and vanilla into a saucepan and heat until simmering.

2 Mix the egg yolks and sugar with a spatula in a steel bowl. Add the hot cream into the egg mix one ladle at a time while continuously stirring.

3 Pour the mixture into clean ramekins and wipe around the edge of each.

4 Place the ramekins on a baking tray and fill the tray with warm water until the level reaches half way up the ramekin.

5 Place the tray in a preheated oven at 140C for approximately 40 minutes or until the custard has set to a form wobble.

6 Take the brûlées out of the water and refrigerate them for two hours.

7 Finish each brûlée by sprinkling caster sugar on the top and then place under the grill on a high heat for 1 minute or until golden.

Prep Time

10 minutes (plus 2 hours setting time)

Cook Time

40 minutes (plus 1 minute for caramelising)

Nutrition Information

Serves 5

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