Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

I LOVE creme brulee. I have tried tons of recipes and had it at every restaurant that serves it, and I think this is the best creme brulee of all!


  1. Combine heavy cream, milk, and vanilla bean.
  2. Heat to boil.
  3. Remove from heat and steep 10 minutes with vanilla bean.
  4. Scrape bean seeds into the milk mixture.
  5. With an electric mixer, combine eggs and sugar.
  6. Add the milk mixture in a steady stream.
  7. Skim foam.
  8. Divide into 8 small ramekins (about 5 oz. each) set in baking dish and pour enough hot water around ramekins to come 1/2 way up the sides.
  9. Place in 325 degree oven for approximately 25-30 minutes, until just set (trembles slightly).
  10. Cover top with brown sugar.
  11. Carmelize under broiler.
Most Helpful

Perfect texture!! I used half and half instead of milk. I do prefer it a bit sweeter so I'll increase the sugar a bit. But it is super easy to make and everyone loved it. I did not find it too eggy and broiler was fine but I think I'll invest in a torch.

Tomlynharris2 August 04, 2013

Very, very good recipe for Creme Brulee.........I've made it twice now, and have decreased the cream and milk down to one cup to make a more solid version.... But it definitely deserves 5 stars.....I too have ordered many creme brulee's at various restaurants and this is the closest to the best I've had....

Ron Merlin July 07, 2003

Six eggs would have been sufficient. Other than that it is a basic recipe. Tastes good, just basic.

Harry A. December 12, 2013