Boozy Crème Brûlée

No breakfast or brunch today – I’m in the mood to share my crème brûlée recipe instead! Well… I suppose you could present crème brûlée for a brunch option…. 🙂

Crème brûlée is one of those desserts that is considered fancy, high end, and pretentious enough, that there is this assumption that it’s difficult or finicky to make… but that couldn’t be further from the truth!

Crème brûlée is a very quick, simple custard that is baked at a moderate temperature to set it. It comes together in just minutes, in terms of actual labour… and it’s sure to impress!

This is my basic Boozy Crème Brûlée from The Spirited Baker. Like many desserts, this one adapts very well to use liqueur as a flavouring agent – in particular, cream liqueurs. This works well with *any* cream based liqueur, so go with what you love. My personal favourites are Amarula and Baja Rosa, and Bailey’s is always a popular option.

Whatever liqueur you choose, you’ll find this to be a very easy, go-to recipe when you want something a little more elegant for dessert. Be sure to order your copy of The Spirited Baker for more easy, interesting, and delicious desserts flavoured with various spirits and liqueurs!


Basic Boozy Crème Brûlée Recipe

8 Egg yolks
1/4 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Cream liqueur of choice
1 1/2 cups Heavy cream
1/4 cup Sugar

Preheat oven to 325ºF (160°C)

Combine egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl, whisking until the mixture becomes thick and pale yellow. Add approximately half of the liqueur, whisking until incorporated and smooth.

In a small saucepan, combine remaining liqueur with heavy cream, heating to a simmer. Remove from heat. Slowly drizzle hot cream mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Pour into 6 ramekins or custard cups, and arrange in a large pan. Carefully add water to the large pan, till about halfway up the sides of the ramekins.

Bake until custard is set, but wiggles in the middle – about 45-50 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to cool to room temperature, and then chill for at least 2 hours.

When ready to serve, sprinkle 2-3 tsp sugar evenly over each custard. Use a small, hand held kitchen torch to melt sugar.

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