Begin with chilled crème brûlée already prepared in heat-safe dishes. This is a perfect dessert to make ahead of time. Simply torch at the last minute to serve.
Place your chilled finished crème brûlée on a flat surface.
Sprinkle granulated sugar evenly over the top of the crème brûlée, shaking the dish lightly if needed. The use of a sugar shaker is recommended.
Turn on the hand-held torch and hold it over the top so the flames are about 2 inches from the surface. Move the torch across the sugar beginning with the edges and working to the center.
Serve the dessert immediately to ensure the sugar still has a crackle, contrasting nicely with the chilled, velvety smooth texture of the custard.