Raspberry and basil créme brûlée


  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
  • Makes6 servings
Raspberry and basil créme brûlée

Raspberry and basil creme brulee Photo, Robert Caruso

Chatelaine Triple Tested


  • 1/2 pint raspberries, about 1 cup

  • 6 egg yolks, at room temperature

  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided

  • 2 1/2 cups 35% cream

  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • mini blowtorch


  • PREHEAT oven to 300F. Arrange 6 ramekins in a baking dish large enough to hold all of them. Divide raspberries between ramekins. Boil a kettle of water.

  • WHISK egg yolks with 1/2 cup sugar in a large bowl until sugar dissolves and mixture is pale and smooth. Reserve, putting a damp kitchen towel under the bowl to keep it steady. Heat cream with basil, stirring often, in a medium sauce- pan over medium, until it starts to boil, about 5 min. Remove and discard basil. Gradually pour hot cream into egg mixture, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens, about 2 min. Whisk in vanilla. Divide mixture among the ramekins. Pour enough water from the kettle down the side of the baking dish until it comes halfway up the ramekins.

  • BAKE in centre of oven until custard is just set and centres are jiggly, 50 min to 1 hour. Transfer ramekins to a rack and let cool slightly, 10 min. Refrigerate, uncovered, until chilled, at least 2 hours.

  • SPRINKLE the top of each ramekin with about 1 tbsp of remaining sugar. Smooth tops. Caramelize the sugar with the blowtorch by keeping the flame close to the sugar, using a sweeping motion. Melt sugar to a dark amber colour, then let stand until sugar firms up.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 528, Protein 5g, Carbohydrates 39g, Fat 40g, Fibre 2g, Sodium 43mg.
Excellent source of Vitamin A.