Earl Grey Crème Brulee

Crème brulee is one of the most popular and classic desserts out there. Popular from France, it is surprisingly simple to make and really easy to add layers of flavor. One of the key characteristics of this dessert is the thin layer of hardened sugar on top of the custard. For this recipe, I used earl grey tea bags to add earl grey flavor, but feel free to use any other type of tea.

Earl Grey Crème Brulee

This earl grey crème brulee is the perfect variation to a classic French dessert.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Rest Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, French
Servings 3


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 earl grey teabags
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup sugar + 1 tbsp
  • sugar for topping


  • In a pot add heavy cream, vanilla, and salt. Heat it up over medium heat while mixing until reaches 170F or when you start to see steam.
    2 cups heavy cream, ½ tsp vanilla, ¼ tsp salt
  • Once the cream has been heated, turn off the heat, add your teabags, cover with a lid, and let it steep for 20 minutes.
    4 earl grey teabags
  • Mix together the egg yolks and sugar.
    4 egg yolks, ¼ cup sugar + 1 tbsp
  • Squeeze out all the earl grey flavor from the tea bags and slowly drizzle the cream mixture into our egg yolk mixture while mixing.
  • Pour into ramekins about 1 cup in volume.
  • Place ramekins in a separate larger dish.
  • Pour hot boiling water into the larger dish. You want the water to cover half of the ramekin.
  • Place into the oven at 300F for 35-40 minutes or until there is a slight jiggle when shaken.
  • Place in fridge to set for 2 hours.
  • Sprinkle a layer of sugar on top of the custard and torch until caramelized.
    sugar for topping
Keyword brulee, creme, dessert, sugar, tasty

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