Party crème brulee

Party crème brulee


Serve 12-16

Special equipment 2.4 litre (4 pint) shallow wide-based ovenproof dish,greased

85g (3oz) caster sugar

12 egg yolks

3 tsp vanilla extract

1.2 litres (2 pints) double cream

300 ml (10 fl oz) single cream

225g (8oz) demerara sugar

100g (3 1/2 oz) raspberries , to decorate

Mint leaves ,to decorate

  • Preheat the oven to 160 C (140 C/325 F/Gas 3) . meanwhile , put the sugar, egg yolks,and vanilla extract into a large mixing bowl and whisk together by hand.

  • Put the double cream and single cream into a saucepan and heat until just below boiling point (just hot enough to put your finger in )

  • Pour hot cream into the egg yolk mixture ,whisking quickly until combined.

  • Pour the custard through a sieve into the prepared oven proof dish.

  • Put the dish into a large roasting tin and pour enough boiling water into the tin so that it comes halfway up the sides of the dish .

  • Carefully slide into the oven and cook for 35-45 minutes or until set but with a slight wobble in the middle.check after 30 minutes to see how it’s doing.

  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the roasting tin,then place in the fridge and chill until stone cold.

  • Sprinkle over the demerara sugar,then pop under a hot grill ,watching it very carefully ,for 20-25 minutes or until melted and golden brown , you could also use a blowtorch to do this ,to give the topping time to soften slightly,chill in the fridge for at least 5 hours and up to 10 hours,but no more or it will turn to liquid.

  • To serve,cut into portions with fish slice and decorate with raspberries and mint leaves.

Great for a crowd …make in batches and store in the fridge for 5-10 hours.

Prepare ahead

The custard can be made up to the end of step 7 up to 2 days ahead.not suitable for freezing.


Slide the tin on to the lowest set of runners in the roasting oven,with the cold sheet on the second set of runners,and bake for 15 minutes or until just set around edges,then transfer to the simmering oven for 45 step 8 ,add the demerara sugar and brown with a blowtorch


You could also serve the crème brulee in individual portions-there will be enough for 12 size 1 (150ml/5 fl oz) ramekins.the baking time will be shorter,through –around 20 minutes-but keep an eye on them when they are in the oven