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Creme Brulee

  • Makes 4 servings.


  • 1 cup milk (whole or 2%)
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons packed light brown sugar


Preheat oven to 350°.

In a saucepan heat milk and half-and-half to boiling. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a small bowl, beat egg yolks, cornstarch, sugar, and vanilla to make a smooth paste. Spoon 1/2 of hot milk mixture into the egg mixture and mix until well-blended. Stir the egg mixture into the saucepan and blend custard well. Cook custard over medium-low heat until thick enough to coat a spoon, stirring constantly.

Pour custard into 4 baking cups and place cups in a large baking pan. Fill baking pan with 2 inches of boiling water. Bake 20 minutes until custard is set, then remove cups from pan. Chill 3 hours.

When chilled well and almost ready to serve, turn on broiler. Divide brown sugar evenly and sprinkle on top of each custard cup. Place cups again in large baking pan. Place pan under broiler and heat 3 to 5 minutes until sugar has caramelized. Watch closely so as not to burn. Serve immediately.

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