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Easy Orange Crème Brûlée

Easy Orange Crème Brûlée

This Easy Orange Crème Brûlée  recipe is simple and yet gives you the most decadent results. My little orange twist adds a subtle bit of intrigue to the flavour. It doesn’t taste outright orangey, but it works with the vanilla to create a plush, fragrant eating experience. The great thing is if you are not a fan of citrus, or if you don’t have the orange ingredients, you can skip them completely and still be left with perfect crème brûlée every time.



3 cups whipping cream
5 egg yolks
1/2 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla paste
1/2 cup sugar
A bit more sugar for caramelising before serving
1 tsp orange essence + 1 tsp orange juice


  1. Scrape the contents of the vanilla bean into the whipping cream, and gently heat in a pot (do not boil). Take off the heat once piping hot.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks and 1/2 cup sugar until pale.
  3. Beat 1 cup of creamy vanilla liquid into sugar and yolks.
  4. Now take the remaining creamy vanilla liquid and pour it all into the sugar and yolks. Stir well until everything is evenly combined.
  5. Pour the mix evenly into 6 ramekins. Place some water into a large enough oven tray to create a water bath. Place the ramekins carefully into the waterbath (making sure the water doesn’t enter the crème brûlée mixture.
  6. Bake in the oven at 175*C for 45 minutes or until there is only a slight wobble when you shake the ramekins.
  7. Remove from the oven and refrigerate immediately. You can make these up to 3 days in advance.
  8. Before serving, sprinkle about 2 tsp sugar onto each crème brûlée and blast with a blow torch until the sugar caramelises.

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