A creamy and delicious creme brûlée recipe has fresh raspberries mixed in for a tasty change on a classic.
- 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1 vanilla bean*
- 6 large egg yolks
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 6 oz fresh raspberries, plus more for serving
- 3–4 tablespoons sugar**
- Preheat the oven to 300ºF.
- Place the cream in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Split the vanilla bean in half, and scrape out the seeds. Add the seeds and the bean to the cream. Heat the cream just until bubbles start to form around the outside of the pan.
- Meanwhile, combine the egg yolks and the sugar in a large bowl and whisk until they are lighter in color.
- Place individual serving sized ramekins in a baking dish. Divide the raspberries between the ramekins.
- Once the cream has just started to bubble, remove the vanilla bean. Slowly pour a few tablespoons of the cream into the egg mixture, whisking vigorously the whole time. Continue to add the warm cream until it has all been incorporated, making sure to whisk the entire time. If Pour the mixture into the ramekins, over the raspberries.
- Fill a large liquid measuring cup with very hot water. Transfer the baking dish with the ramekins to the oven, then carefully pour the water into the baking dish, about halfway up the sides of the ramekins, being careful to not get any water into the custards.
- Bake until the creme brûlée is set, but it still has a little bit of a jiggle in the center, 50-60 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven, and carefully remove the ramekins from the hot water. Let them cool completely, then refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 2 hours but preferably overnight.
- When ready to serve, sprinkle the tops of the creme brûlée with the sugar. Using a kitchen torch, torch the sugar until it is melted and crispy. Let sit for a few minutes before topping with a few additional raspberries and then serve.
*If you don’t have a vanilla bean, add in 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the cream just before adding the cream to the egg yolk mixture.
**I like to use superfine sugar – I think it melts easier, but regular granulated sugar will work.