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half eaten creme brulee with berries and a spoon on a pink surface and a blue linen

White Chocolate Creme Brulee

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White Chocolate Crème brûlée is a gorgeous, simple, and elegant dessert that will wow you and your guests. Make this dessert recipe the day before for an even easier dinner party! Step-by-step photos teach you how to bake this delicious French custard. 

  • Total Time: 6 Hours
  • Yield: 6 (8oz) Ramekins 1x


Units Scale
  • 20oz (2.5 Cups) Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 vanilla beans pod cut in half and scraped
  • 2.2oz (63 Grams) White Chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 100 grams (1/2 Cup) Granulated/ Caster Sugar
  • 6 Large Egg Yolks, at room temperature
  • 6 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar (1Tablespoon per creme brulee)


  1. Cut your vanilla bean open in half lengthwise then use the non-sharp side of a knife to scrape out the vanilla beans. In a thick-bottomed saucepan over medium-low heat cook the heavy cream, white chocolate, salt, vanilla bean, and actual vanilla bean pod.  Stirring constantly, cook until mixture comes to a very slight simmer, just before a boil. Then take the pot off of the heat and place lid on and let steep for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large roasting pan place 6 (8oz) ramekins inside and put the kettle on to boil and preheat oven to 325F/163C.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment or large bowl with a handheld electric whisk beat the sugar and egg yolks until fully combined and much lighter in color, a pale yellow. This will take a couple of minutes.
  4. Remove vanilla bean pod from the cream mixture and slowly pour the cream into the egg mixture with the whisk attachment on at the lowest speed. Take your time doing this so the eggs do not curdle.
  5. Once completely mixed I like to pour the cream mixture over a sieve into a pitcher with a pour spout for easy pouring into the ramekins. Straining the cream also helps ensure a super smooth creme brûlée. 
  6.  Pour the mixture evenly into ramekins. Place the pan on the oven rack and pour boiling water from the kettle in the roasting pan, pour enough to come up halfway of the ramekins.
  7. Bake for 32-40 minutes, you want the center of the creme brulee's to be set but have a little bit jiggle, if you want to use an instant-read thermometer the internal temperature should be 170F/77C. Take out of the oven and place the roasting pan on a wire rack. After five minutes remove the ramekins from the roasting pan and let cool for 1 hour on wire rack. Place in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight before serving.
  8. When ready to serve sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar on top of each creme brulee swirling the ramekin so the sugar is spread evenly and using a kitchen torch, torch the top of the creme brulee until the sugar has caramelized and hardened. Serve immediately with fresh berries if desired.


You can easily use more shallow ramekins, making more servings.

  • Author: Elizabeth Waterson I Confessions of a Baking Queen
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: French
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