Classic French Lavender Crème Brûlée

Creme brûlée
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 55 mins
Cool: 45 mins
Total: 105 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Yield: 6 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
365 Calories
31g Fat
12g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 365
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 39%
Saturated Fat 17g 87%
Cholesterol 353mg 118%
Sodium 125mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 103mg 8%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 180mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Crème brûlée is a darling of the French kitchen, as the delicate cream and burnt sugar topping (if done correctly should be like a clear sheet of glass) now boast world renown. Here, the cream meets that most delicious of aromas, classic French lavender. 

Clean flavored lavender and a hint of vanilla give this lavender crème brûlée recipe its signature flavor. The perfume of the flowers is what really gives this special dessert the feel of Provence. Try it with a bunch of lavender from your garden, or your local farmer's market. Make sure to buy only lavender intended for culinary uses.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream

  • 1/2 cup half-and-half, or light cream

  • 1 tablespoon dried culinary lavender

  • 8 large egg yolks

  • 1/4 cup sugar, divided

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 F. Arrange 6 custard cups in a large pan with sides at least 1 1/2 inches deep.

  2. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, bring the heavy cream, half and half, and dried lavender just to a boil, and then remove it from the heat. Allow it to cool to room temperature on the countertop for 45 minutes. Pour the lavender-infused cream through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean bowl and set it aside for a moment. Rinse the sieve for later use and discard the used lavender.

  3. Whisk the egg yolks in a large bowl until they turn frothy and bright yellow. Slowly whisk 1/3 cup sugar, the lavender cream, and vanilla extract into the beaten eggs. Beat the mixture for 90 seconds.

  4. Pour the eggs and cream through a medium-mesh sieve into a large (4 cup) liquid measuring cup. Divide the mixture between 6 custard cups and fill the large pan with hot water half-way up the sides of the ramekins.

  5. Bake the custard in the hot-water bath for 55 minutes to 1 hour, until the custard is set, but still moves a bit in the center when jiggled. Cool the custard in the water bath for 20 minutes, and then refrigerate them until they are chilled. Cool the custard in the water bath for 20 minutes, and then refrigerate them until they are chilled.

  6. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar over tops of the custards and caramelize the sugar with a small, handheld kitchen torch. Serve immediately.