Crème Brûlée Vanilla Edition

This Thanksgiving and holiday season, work smarter (not harder!) when you prepare dishes a couple days in advance to save yourself from a last minute sprint on every dish! Our crème brûlée is a crowdpleaser that can rest in your fridge for up to three days and be pulled out to wow all your guests at the Thanksgiving table.


2 Cup Heavy Cream

1/2 Vanilla Bean (scraped) plus 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract or 1 Tsp Vanilla Paste

1/4 Salt

5 Large Egg Yolks

1/2 C Sugar

Vanilla Sugar for the tops


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
  2. In medium heavy bottomed sauce pan, add cream, vanilla (pod and scraped seeds or paste), salt; cook over low heat until just hot. Steep for 5-7 min, remove vanilla bean. Stir in extract if you didn't use vanilla paste.
  3. In mixing bowl, beat yolks and sugar until light. Stir in 1/4 of cream mixture, tempering yolks, then pour egg mixture into cream and stir gently. Pour into four, 6oz ramekins, place in oven proof casserole or baking dish.
  4. Create water bath: fill casserole with boiling water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  5. Bake 30-40 min until centers are just set. Remove from oven and cool completely. Remove from water bath and refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to 3 days.
  6. Before serving, top each custard with a tsp of Vanilla sugar in a thin layer. Place ramekins below a broiler (2-3" from heat). Watch carefully, cook until sugar melts and turns brown.
  7. Enjoy berries, sprig of mint, or a square of dark chocolate!

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