White Chocolate Crème Brulée

October 26, 2008

There’s something so seductive about a créme brulee. Maybe it’s the anticipation of cracking through the toffee layer before plunging your spoon into the soft, smooth custard. Or maybe it’s the satisfaction you get as you wield a blowtorch while you watch the sugar melt, bubble and burn under its flame. Either way it’s pure poetry.

This is a version of the classic dessert I made for a friend who’s mad for white chocolate. Personally I prefer the classic vanilla version but this makes for a gratifying change. As with most desserts that involves white chocolate, the sugar level gets taken up a few notches so a word of warning – this is one seriously sweet dessert!

White Chocolate Créme Brulee


375ml milk
250ml pouring cream
6 egg yolks at room temperature
1/4 C caster sugar
200g good quality white chocolate, broken into small pieces
20ml vanilla extract
extra caster sugar for brulée top


Heat the milk and cream in a medium saucepan over low heat until scalding point (when you see steam rising from the surface) but *do not boil*. Remove from heat.

While that’s off the heat whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a large bowl with a balloon whisk.

Add the warm milk mixture in a thin stream, whisking constantly, until combined. Return the mixture to the saucepan over medium heat and stir with a wooden spoon for about 9 minutes or until custard thickens and coats the back of the spoon.

Remove from heat and add the white chocolate and vanilla extract and stir until it’s all melted and mixed. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.

Ladle the custard into the ramekins. Place them in a baking tray and refrigerate for 6-8 hours or overnight. The custard will thicken and form a skin on the surface.

To serve, place about a teaspoon of caster sugar over the entire surface of each ramekin and blowtorch the sugar and enjoy the show as it bubbles, melts and darkens in colour before finally hardening into a hard toffee.

Alternatively if you don’t have a blowtorch you can use the grill / broiler. Place the créme brulees (straight out of the fridge) in a baking tray (with the sugar layer of course).

Fill with cold water to the halfway mark of the ramekins. Add ice to the water bath and place in a very hot grill on the top shelf so the sugar sits directly underneath the heat. This will caramelise the sugar while the custard (hopefully) stays cool from the ice water bath. It won’t take long so keep an eye on it and don’t leave the room!

Now equip yourself with a spoon and enjoy!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Karen | Citrus and Candy August 17, 2010 at 15:58

Hi Obesebaby!

Sorry for the late reply! Yep this version of brulee is completely oven-free and only needs to chill in the fridge. And oops didn't see the mistake there. It is suppose to be 1.5 cups of milk. Sorry, will fix that right up.

Because it's simply chilled in the fridge, the texture will be a little denser than a brulee that's baked in the oven. But it is still creamy and smooth.

For a brulee, the most important thing is to make sure the mixture is thick enough when cooked over the stove. This ensures that it won't be overly runny whether you bake it or chill it. Hope this helps you out! Any more problems, don't hesitate to get in touch!


Obesebaby August 15, 2010 at 08:34

so this recipe doesn't require baking in oven? Also is it 1 1/2 cup of milk? and lastly, wondering the texture of the creme brulee is it runny, creamy or? Because i have failed this dessert twice just need more advice from the experts =)


Kristen October 28, 2008 at 03:01

I love anything white chocolate and I adore Creme Brulee. This looks fantastic!


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