Vanilla crème brûlée

Vanilla crème brûlée

Preparation Time: 40 Mins
Cook Time:
70 Mins


  • 250ml double cream
  • 75ml full-fat milk
  • vanilla pod, seeds scraped
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar, plus 3-4 tbsp for the topping
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ Sheet ready to roll puff pastry (if using)
  • Finely chopped almonds


  • Heat oven to 140C/120C fan/gas 1. Put the cream, milk and vanilla pod into a pan and heat to boiling point.
  • Cover and leave to infuse for 10 mins.
  • Whisk the egg yolks and 3 tbsp of sugar together until pale and thick.
  • Add the vanilla extract and pour the boiling cream onto the mixture. Stir well, then pour into two ramekins. Place the ramekins in a bain-marie and cook in the oven for about 20 mins or until just set. Leave to cool.
  • Heat the grill. Sprinkle the cold brûlée with a thin, even layer of sugar and caramelise under the very hot grill (or use a blowtorch). Repeat several times until you have a golden crackling topping. Leave to cool and serve within 2 hrs with warm Almond puff pastry sticks.

Almond puff pastry sticks

  • Heat oven to 190c/170C fan/ gas 5. Roll out half a sheet of puff pastry to 3mm thickness, brush with half a beaten egg and sprinkle with finely chopped almonds.
  • Using a long sharp knife, cut strips of pastry 12mm wide and 10cm long. Twist 5 times and place on a baking sheet. Bake until golden and crisp, then dust with icing sugar and serve warm with the crème brûlée.

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