Lavender crème brûlée
Cooking time:plus cooling
Skill level: Bit of effort
Costs: Cheap as chips
Crème brûlée recipes can often seem intimidating, but our simple recipe has just 7 steps to follow. You don't need a blowtorch or any fancy equipment - just good quality ingredients and a bit of enthusiasm! The addition of lavender gives a fresh, floral note to this recipe, but you could try infusing other flavours like vanilla or coffee too.
IngredientsFor the cream:
- 600ml carton double cream
- 1tbsp dried lavender flowers
- Pinch of salt
- 6 large egg yolks
- 50g caster sugar
- 2-3tbsp caster sugar
If you don't grow your own lavender, you can get it online or in specialist food stores.
- Set the oven to 150°C/330°F/Gas Mark 2.
- To make the cream: Pour the cream into a pan and add the lavender and salt. Bring the mixture almost to the boil slowly over a low heat, then remove the pan from the heat. Leave the lavender to infuse for 3-5 mins.
- Meanwhile, tip the egg yolks and sugar into a bowl and lightly whisk. Slowly pour the hot cream over the egg yolk mixture, stirring well as you pour over the cream. Strain the mixture into a jug.
- Pour the cream into ramekin dishes, or small dishes, and place them in a roasting tin. Pour in boiling water to come about halfway up the sides of the dishes.
- Place the tin with the dishes in the oven and cook for 25-30 mins, or until the mixture in the ramekins has a skin, but is still slightly wobbly.
- Remove the roasting tin from the oven, carefully lift out the ramekins and leave them to cool. Transfer them to the fridge to cool completely for a few hours, or overnight.
- For the topping: Spread a thin layer of sugar over the top of each brûlée, and caramelise it by placing them under a hot grill or using a blow-torch. Leave them to cool for the sugar to harden before serving.
Nutritional information per portion
- Calories 610(kcal)
- Fat 59.0g
- Saturates 35.0g
This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.