Classic Italian Creme Brulee Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Published: March 14, 2020 Modified: May 26, 2021
Classic Italian Creme Brulee Recipe

This creme brûlée is a classic Italian dessert that incorporates a nice custard filling with a crusty brown sugar top. Bring Italy to your kitchen with this delizioso treat!

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How To Make Classic Italian Creme Brûlée

A soft custard-like dessert like the classic Italian favorite.

  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon peel (grated )
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven 325° F. Mix cream and lemon peel in heavy medium saucepan and bring to a simmer.
  2. In large bowl, beat sugar and yolks until thick.
  3. Slowly whisk in hot cream mixture, then vanilla and salt.
  4. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  5. Strain mixture, then pour in ramekins. Place custard pan atop a medium deep baking pan.
  6. Pour enough hot water into bottom baking pan to come halfway up.
  7. Bake for about 50 to 55 minutes.
  8. Remove custards from water bath using firm and strong tongs.
  9. Chill until firm. Do not remove them from the ramekins.
  10. Once firm, place custard on baking sheet.
  11. Strain brown sugar through small sieve onto custard.
  12. Arrange a rack in the oven. Place the custards on the rack and turn on the broiler. Broil for 5 to 10 minutes, rotating them frequently so that they broil evenly.
  13. Take them out and let them chill until topping is hard and crisp.

How To Make Classic Italian Creme Brûlée

5 from 1 vote

A soft custard-like dessert like the classic Italian favorite.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 55 mins
Total: 1 hr 5 mins
Serves:
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon peel, grated
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 325° F. Mix cream and lemon peel in heavy medium saucepan and bring to a simmer.

  2. In large bowl, beat sugar and yolks until thick.
  3. Slowly whisk in hot cream mixture, then vanilla and salt.
  4. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  5. Strain mixture, then pour in ramekins. Place custard pan atop a medium deep baking pan.

  6. Pour enough hot water into bottom baking pan to come halfway up.

  7. Bake for about 50 to 55 minutes.

  8. Remove custards from water bath using firm and strong tongs.

  9. Chill until firm. Do not remove them from the ramekins.

  10. Once firm, place custard on baking sheet.

  11. Strain brown sugar through small sieve onto custard.
  12. Arrange a rack in the oven. Place the custards on the rack and turn on the broiler. Broil for 5 to 10 minutes, rotating them frequently so that they broil evenly.

  13. Take them out and let them chill until topping is hard and crisp.

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