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Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee

Spice Islands®

Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours

5 servings


2 cups heavy cream

1 Spice Islands® Bourbon Vanilla Bean

4 egg yolks

2 tablespoons sugar

10 teaspoons sugar


Preheat oven to 325°F.

Pour cream into a double boiler, if available (Or use a heavy saucepan).  Split vanilla bean, scrap out seeds and add to cream.  Add whole bean to cream.  Heat cream until hot; remove whole vanilla bean and discard.

Whisk eggs and 2 tablespoons sugar in a separate bowl. Temper the eggs by mixing 2 tablespoons of hot cream into the yolk mixture. Stir the tempered yolks into the cream.

Remove from heat and evenly divide the mixture between 5 broil-safe ramekins. Place ramekins in a 1-inch waterbath.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until set. Remove ramekins from water bath and cool on wire rack 10 minutes. Refrigerate a minimum of 1 hour.

Just before serving, sprinkle 2 teaspoons sugar evenly over each ramekin. Broil 3 to 4 inches from heat for 2 to 5 minutes until sugar is melted. Serve immediately.

Note: For a crunchy topping, use a kitchen torch to brown the topping.

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