Chef John's Creme Caramel

8 Reviews 3 Pics
  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    50 m
  • Ready In

    1 h 35 m
Chef John
Recipe by  Chef John

“Creme caramel belongs on the short list for 'World's Greatest Dessert.' The way the almost-burnt caramel layer gets fused on, and becomes one with, the creamy custard is nothing short of magic.”

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 4 (6.5 oz.) creme caramels

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly spray 4 heatproof 6.5-oz. ramekins with vegetable spray. Place ramekins in a casserole dish.
  2. Place 1/2 cup sugar in a small, heavy, dry skillet over medium heat. When sugar begins to melt around the edges, gently shake the pan continually, swirling sugar around, until all the sugar melts; don't use utensils to stir. When sugar is completely melted and dark brown, remove the pan from heat.
  3. Quickly pour equal amounts of caramel syrup into the 4 prepared ramekins.
  4. Place 1 egg and 3 egg yolks in a bowl with a pinch of salt and 1/4 cup sugar. Whisk until sugar is dissolved and mixture becomes frothy, about 1 minute.
  5. Spoon the creme fraiche into the egg mixture; add the milk, vanilla, and Grand Marnier. Whisk together until ingredients are completely mixed.
  6. Ladle mixture into the prepared ramekins, filling them about 2/3 to 3/4 full.
  7. Fill casserole with hot tap water to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Place casserole on middle rack of preheated oven.
  8. Bake until just barely set, 45 to 50 minutes. You can start checking for doneness at about 40 minutes.
  9. Using tongs, remove the ramekins from the casserole to a cooling rack. When just slightly warm, run a sharp paring knife around the edge of each custard.
  10. To unmold, cover ramekin with a small plate, then invert. Chill before serving.

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Reviews (8)

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Puck
6

Puck

This is one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth. Ever. I am amazed by and in love with this recipe. Your eyes will roll back in your head, and you will say "Oh. My. God."

hardyirwan
3

hardyirwan

Tried this and it taste amazing! and simple to make too for a first timer like me. Thx Chef John!

Patricia
3

Patricia

Wonderful!! I was really intimidated by the thought of caramelizing sugar but I survived and did it correctly!! The taste and texture of this dessert is amazing. I will definitely make this again! Thank you for your recipe and the video that showed me exactly how to do it.

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (4 total)

  • Calories
  • 328 cal
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 16.8 g
  • 26%
  • Carbs
  • 40.8 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 5.5 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 250 mg
  • 83%
  • Sodium
  • 191 mg
  • 8%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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