No-bake crème brûlée

No-bake crème brulee: Photo by Kristen Massad

Fancy dessert recipes tend to scare us out of the kitchen, but with only a few ingredients, no oven and no water bath, stovetop crème brûlée makes it easy to recreate a favorite restaurant dessert at home. With its rich and silky texture and crunchy caramelized sugar topping, this will be your go-to dessert.

Grocery List

1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
1 vanilla bean, split
4 large egg yolks
½ cup granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons corn starch
Turbinado sugar or granulated sugar (to brulee)


  • In a medium saucepan, combine cream and vanilla bean (scrape seeds out of pod) and bring to a simmer.
  • While cream is heating, whisk egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch in a bowl.
  • Slowly add hot cream to the egg mixture and continue whisking until fully combined.
  • Pour mixture back into the saucepan and cook until it starts to thicken (do not bring it to a boil).
  • Once the custard is thick, remove the pan from the heat and transfer to a bowl.
  • Continue whisking for 2-3 minutes to make the custard extra silky.
  • Spoon custard into individual glass ramekins and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • When ready to serve, sprinkle the top of the custard with sugar and torch until sugar is caramelized. Serve immediately.

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