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creme brulee

Earl Grey Creme Brulée

  • Author: Sylvie Taylor
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2
  • Category: Desserts
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Classy Creme Brulée lends itself to the tea infusion of earthy Earl Grey for a dessert for two which can easily be made ahead to make that famous caramelized sugar topping for serving time.


177 milliliters / 3/4 cup pouring cream
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons loose earl gray or 2 tea bags
3 egg yolks, room temperature
50 grams / 1/4 cup superfine/caster sugar, plus 8 grams / 1/2 tablespoon for topping


  1. Preheat your oven to 150C/325F.
  2. Place the cream, salt and earl gray in a saucepan and heat on low heat until hot.
  3. Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks and sugar until light.
  4. Remove the cream from the heat and set aside for five minutes to steep, and cool. Remove the earl gray tea.
  5. Pour a quarter of the infused cream into the egg mixture, stirring to combine, repeat adding the remaining cream into the eggs until fully incorporated.
  6. Place your ramekins into a larger baking dish, pouring half the earl gray cream mixture into each.
  7. Pour boiling water into the larger baking dish until it reaches half way up the sides of the ramekins.
  8. Place in the oven until only the centers are jiggly, approximately 40 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and refrigerate for minimum 1 hour.
  10. Just prior to serving, spoon enough sugar for a thin layer over the top of each custard and place under a broiler or blowtorch until the sugar has dissolved, is golden and slightly burnt on the edges.
  11. Serve and tap to dig in!


Adapted from the NY Times


  • Calories: 484 calories per serve