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Spoonful of crème brûlée with caramelized sugar shards

Earl Grey Crème Brûlée

Author: Gail Ng
Creamy and fragrant earl grey custard under a crackly layer of caramelized sugar
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Chilling Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 50 mins
Yield 4 servings
Category Desserts
Cuisine Italian


  • 480 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 4 earl grey tea bags
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 large whole egg
  • 100 g granulated sugar + 50g for topping, divided


  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • In a small pot, bring the heavy whipping cream to a simmer. Once small bubbles start forming at the surface, stir in the tea bags, cover, and steep for 5 minutes. After steeping, press the tea bags against the side of the pot or against a spoon to squeeze out all the tea-infused cream inside before discarding. Stir in the vanilla extract and salt.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until creamy. 
  • With one hand constantly whisking vigorously, slowly stream in the earl grey cream into the eggs with your other hand to temper the eggs.
  • Fill your ceramic ramekins with this mixture. Dab a paper towel on any air bubbles on the surface to remove them. Place ramekins on a baking tray and place tray in the oven. Fill the tray with about ½" of hot water. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the edges are set but middle is still jiggly or until the internal temperature of the crème brûlée reaches 170°F.
  • Let cool completely before covering and chilling in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight to allow the custard to set.
  • Right before serving, sprinkle a generous, even layer of sugar on the surface of each crème brûlée. Use a kitchen torch to caramelize the sugar. Keep the flame moving across the surface, without staying in the same spot for too long. Let cool for a few minutes until the sugar has hardened. Enjoy right away or within 1 hour.


Calories: 573kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 352mg | Sodium: 213mg | Potassium: 122mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 2018IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords earl grey creme brulee
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