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A closeup of a spoonful of Crème Brulee.

Crème Brûlée for Two

With only 4 ingredients, this makes for a delicious dessert for two that can be made ahead and is so easy to get perfect.
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:35 mins
Cooling Time:2 hrs
Total Time:2 hrs 50 mins
Servings:2 ramekins


  • ¾ cup whipping cream 35%
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar for caramelizing


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Prepare two custard cups or ramekins.
  • Mix cream and vanilla extract in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • In a separate bowl whisk egg yolks with sugar. Add egg mixture to the cream right when it starts to boil. Whisk well as you go.
  • Transfer the mixture to the cups or ramekins, and put them into a baking dish. Pour hot water into the baking dish, half the height of the cups. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the cups or ramekins from the baking dish and let cool for 2 hours or more.
  • Sprinkle with sugar before serving. Place the cups right under the broiler and heat until sugar caramelizes. You can also use mini torch. Enjoy!


  • To ensure the custard remains cold at the bottom when served, place them on a chilled tray.
  • The classic recipe dates back a few hundred years, but you might like to try modern variations, adding ingredients like lemon, liqueur, orange, coffee, or chocolate.
  • Stick with a thin and even sugar layer on top for a uniformly crispy topping. You can repeat this layer if you want a thicker topping.
  • Decorate the finished dessert with a fresh berry or sprig of herbs if you wish. This classic dessert is also perfectly served just as it is.


Calories: 569kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 513mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 110mg | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 1831IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 1mg