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See how easy it is to make creme brulee with just 4 ingredients. There is no need to heat the cream or temper the eggs in this recipe. #cremebrulee #easycremebrulee #vanillacremebrulee

Easy Crème Brûlée

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  • Author: Little Sweet Baker
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: French


This incredibly easy crème brûlée rich and creamy with a wonderfully crunchy burnt-sugar shell. This recipe has only 4 ingredients and is straightforward as can be.



  • 5 large egg yolks (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups (313ml) whipping cream (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar


  1. Preheat oven 300°F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the egg yolks with the sugar until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is a pale yellow.
  3. Add the whipping cream and vanilla, and beat on low until well blended.
  4. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve if desired to get rid of any foam or chalazae from the eggs. Divide the mixture into 4 ramekins. Place the ramekins into a square baking dish and carefully fill halfway with hot water.
  5. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until the custard is set.
  6. Carefully remove the ramekins from the water bath and let cool on a wire rack. Chill for at least 2 hours in the fridge.
  7. Prior to serving, sprinkle about 1 1/2 tsp of sugar over each custard top. Using a small, hand-held torch melt the sugar until its caramelized. If you don’t have a torch, place under the broiler until sugar melts (about 4-5 minutes and keep a close eye).


The baked custard can be stored covered up in the fridge for up to 2 days.

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