How to Torch a Crème Brûlée for a Caramelized Crust

by Renee Shelton


  • Finished Crème Brûlée in heat proof dishes
  • Handheld torch
  • Granulated sugar
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    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.

    Step 2

    Place your chilled finished crème brûlée on a flat surface.

    Step 3

    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.

    Step 4

    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.

    Step 5

    Serve the dessert immediately to ensure the sugar still has a crackle, contrasting nicely with the chilled, velvety smooth texture of the custard.