10 Steps Delicious Crème Brûlée Recipe

Begin by gathering your ingredients: heavy cream, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.

Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C) and place ramekins in a baking dish, creating a water bath that ensures gentle cooking.

Heat the cream in a saucepan over medium heat until it just starts to simmer, then remove from heat and add vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until pale and creamy, then gradually pour in the warm cream mixture while continuously whisking.

Strain the custard mixture through a fine mesh sieve to ensure a smooth texture, then pour it into the prepared ramekins.

Carefully transfer the baking dish to the oven and bake for about 30-35 minutes, or until the custard is set but still slightly jiggly in the center.

Once baked, remove the ramekins from the water bath and allow them to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours to chill completely.

Prior to serving, evenly sprinkle a thin layer of granulated sugar over the surface of each custard.

Caramelize the sugar using a kitchen torch until it forms a golden-brown crust, or alternatively, place the ramekins under a broiler for a few minutes.

Allow the caramelized sugar to harden for a minute before serving, and enjoy the satisfying crack of your homemade Crème Brûlée!