How to Make Creme Brûlée

by Chef J. Looney

Creme brûlée is a rich and decadent dessert that is surprisingly easy to make. There's a little planning necessary, but anyone can easily master this delicious treat.


  • 1 Quart Heavy cream
  • 1 Vanilla bean
  • 6 Egg yolks
  • 1 Cup Sugar, divided
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Get your ingredients together

    Step 2

    Preheat oven to 325.

    Step 3

    Split the vanilla bean lengthwise

    Step 4

    Using the back of the knife, not the blade, scrape all of the seeds out

    Step 5

    Put the cream in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the vanilla bean and seeds to the cream. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat, cover, and let steep for 15 minutes.

    Step 6

    In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until pale yellow.

    Step 7

    Removing the bean from the cream. Whisk a little of the cream into the yolk mixture. Slowly add the rest of the cream, whisking constantly.

    Step 8

    Pour the mix into ramekins or other small oven-safe dishes. Place the ramekins into a large roasting or cake pan.

    Step 9

    Fill the roasting pan about half way with water.

    Step 10

    Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until mostly firm. Remove from the roasting pan and refrigerate overnight.

    Step 11

    Add about 1 tablespoon of sugar to each ramekin.

    Step 12

    Shake gently to distribute the sugar evenly.

    Step 13

    Using a kitchen torch, caramelize the sugar. Place back in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes so the sugar will set.

    Step 14

    Garnish with berries and mint leaves.