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Creme Brulee

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.


5 servings

This lightened-up classic from out Test Kitchen is smooth and creamy with a pleasant vanilla flavor. Instead of broiling the sugary sauce on top, we used a foolproof stovetop method so the custard is evenly coated.


  • 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons water


  1. In a bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup sugar, eggs, egg whites, milk, vanilla and salt; pour into five 6-oz. custard cups. Place cups in a baking pan. Fill pan with boiling water to a depth of 1 in. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 25-30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from water bath. Cool for 10 minutes and refrigerate.
  2. Before serving, in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, heat water and remaining sugar until sugar is melted. Do not stir. When sugar is melted, continue to cook until syrup is golden, about 5 minutes, swirling pan occasionally. With a spoon, quickly pour over custards, tilting cups to coat custard with syrup. Serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 183 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate, 0 fiber), 7g protein.

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