Cranberry Creme Brulee

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 35 min. + chilling


8 servings

Updated: Mar. 29, 2023
Dress up classic creme brulee with an easy-to-make cranberry sauce. The sweet-tart sauce compliments the rich, creamy custard. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 10 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 teaspoons superfine sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. In a large saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar, water and salt. Cook over medium heat 12-15 minutes or until berries pop, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Spoon 2 tablespoons sauce into each of eight 6-oz. broiler-safe ramekins or custard cups; refrigerate 10 minutes. Cover and refrigerate remaining sauce until serving.
  2. For custard, in a small saucepan, heat 1 cup cream over medium heat until bubbles form around sides of pan; remove from heat. In a large bowl, whisk egg yolks and sugar until smooth. Slowly stir in hot cream. Stir in vanilla and remaining cream.
  3. Place prepared ramekins in a baking pan large enough to hold them without touching. Spoon custard mixture over cranberry sauce. Place pan on oven rack; add 1 in. very hot water to pan. Bake 35-40 minutes or until set (centers will still be soft). Immediately remove ramekins from water bath to a wire rack; cool 10 minutes. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or until cold.
  4. For caramelized topping, gently blot surface of custard with a paper towel to remove any moisture. Sprinkle tops with superfine sugar. Using a kitchen torch, hold flame 2 in. above custard surface and move it slowly until superfine sugar is evenly caramelized.
  5. To caramelize topping in a broiler, place ramekins on a baking sheet; let stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Preheat broiler. Gently blot surface of custard with a paper towel to remove any moisture. Sprinkle tops with superfine sugar. Broil 3-4 in. from heat 1-2 minutes or until sugar is caramelized.
  6. Serve custards with remaining cranberry sauce.
Sugared Cranberries
Heat 3 tablespoons light corn syrup in microwave until warm; gently toss with 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, allowing excess syrup to drip off. Toss in 1/3 cup sugar to coat. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set, about 1 hour. 

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 530 calories, 34g fat (19g saturated fat), 368mg cholesterol, 75mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (50g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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