Earl Grey & Vanilla Crème Brûlée

This is a really delicious dessert, which is bound to impress and is incredibly easy to make. 
Feeds 4 perfectly (but I made 3 super sized brûlées as I only had 3 guests- which means I just had to cook them a little longer).
It takes about 10-15 minutes to prepare, and I would suggest making it the night before, and then allowing it to sit and set in the fridge over night so you only have to whip it out of the fridge and torch/grill the tops for your guests.

What you will need:
1 cup of thickened cream
3 egg yolks
1.5 heaped tsp of loose earl grey tea leaves, or 1 teabag
1/4tsp of vanilla essence
2tbs of granulated sugar, plus more for the toffee crackle

How it's done:
1. Pop your oven on 160 degrees Celsius or 325 Fahrenheit with the rack in the middle.

2. Pour the cream into a small pot over a moderate/high heat, and continue stirring until it almost starts to bubble, and then remove from the heat immediately and allow the tea to brew for 3-5 minutes (depending on how strong you want it) and add 2 drops of vanilla essence. 
Tip: Gently push the tea with the back of your spoon against the edge of the pot to extract a little more tea in your crème.

3. Whisk the egg yolks and then gradually add the sugar while whisking to create a thick custard.

4. Fold up a tea towel in a baking dish and place your ramekins on top.  Pour an even amount of the custard in each ramekin through a fine-mesh sieve, and then just lightly  skim the tops of the custard with a spoon to remove any little air bubbles.

5. Pour hot water into the baking dish until it reaches about halfway up the ramekin. Tent the baking dish with foil and place in the oven. Bake for anytime between about 25-40 minutes (it depends on the depth of your ramekins) or until the center jiggles firmly like jelly when you shake the cup. 
Mine were quite full and took 40 minutes in the oven.

6. Allow the custard time to cool and then wrap each tea cup tightly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight (if you can wait that long).

NOW! If for some reason you do not like the delicious toffee on top just serve as is after their time in the fridge as you have just made Earl Grey & Vanilla Crème!

7. When your creme brulees are ready for torching, lightly pat the tops of the brulees with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Evenly sprinkle a small spoonful of sugar across the custard, and torch.

OR If you do not have a torch (mine is on loan) just pop them under the griller on a high temperature for about 3-5 minutes.

Crack the top with a spoon and enjoy 


  1. Worked perfectly! Great recipe! Thanks