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Pistachio Rum Creme Brulee

Pistachio Rum Crème Brûlèe: a unique, indulgent take on a classic French custard dessert.

Pistachio Creme Brulee would be a great dessert to wow your guests. Creamy and perfect.

Hello! I’m Keith from Superman Cooks and I’m guest posting here on My Baking Addiction today to share a fun twist on Crème Brûlée.

Crème Brûlée is a traditional French dessert that my daughter has developed quite a liking for. She is not alone. There is something about this rich, creamy custard, topped off with a hard, sugary layer of caramel goodness that appeals to all of us in this house.

Pistachio Creme Brulee gives you a twist to the classic French dessert. The addition of rum is just what you need!

My daughter often asks me to make her favorite desert for her. Since she will be leaving for college soon, I decided to indulge, as my opportunities to do so will decrease exponentially in the coming years. Of course, Jackie and I had to figure out the right way to put a “Superman Cooks spin” on this recipe, as no one could ever accuse us as being “vanilla”.

We kind of have a thing for pistachios. They add an instant punch to salads and snacks, and we always have them in our pantry. They were calling our name for this recipe; our Pistachio Rum Crème Brûlée was taking shape. I originally wanted to add pistachio extract, but it proved to be hard to find.

Pistachio Creme Brulee is the indulgence you deserve. Flavored with just a bit of rum!

We did have some rum extract left over from a holiday eggnog recipe, and I thought: why not? Jackie agreed. It took a few tries to get the proportions right (which meant several batches of crème brûlée; I heard no complaints), but I think we finally arrived at splendid version of our favorite decadent dessert.

The crunch of the pistachio and the hint of rum flavor make this Pistachio Rum Crème Brûlée quite heavenly. I think I may have found a treat that I can have ready and waiting for my daughter when she comes home for breaks.

Pistachio Creme Brulee has a beautiful nutty flavored custard. Each spoonful is gorgeous!

It is nice that they are made in individual serving dishes, as she may even have some to take back. As much as I dread those days, I know it is necessary a part of life. I can only hope that my cooking will always be something she looks forward to coming home to.

For more delicious crème brûlèe recipes, be sure to check out this White Chocolate Crème Brûlèe and Pumpkin Crème Brûlèe here on My Baking Addiction.

Pistachio Creme Brulee has a beautiful nutty flavored custard. Each spoonful is gorgeous!

Pistachio Creme Brulee

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Pistachio Rum Crème Brûlèe: a unique, indulgent take on a classic French custard dessert.


  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ⅓ cup plus ¼ cup granulated sugar, divided use
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • ¼ teaspoon rum extract
  • ¼ cup chopped pistachios


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, heat whipping cream and vanilla pulp scraped from the bean until almost boiling over medium heat.
  3. While cream is heating, take a medium mixing bowl and beat egg yolks and ⅓ cup sugar until light in color (about 5 minutes).
  4. As soon as cream is ready to boil, remove from heat and add about ½ cup of cream to eggs and mix quickly (you do not want the eggs to cook).
  5. Pour egg mixture into cream and mix until well combined.
  6. Add rum extract and pistachios and mix.
  7. Pour mixture into 6 ramekins (we use 6 oz ramekins) and place in 9x13 baking pan and place in oven.
  8. Pour warm water into pan to surround ramekins and bake for 30-40 minutes until slightly set.
  9. Remove from oven and refrigerate ramekins for at least 2 hours or up to 3 days.
  10. Remove from fridge and divide remaining sugar on top of each dish.
  11. Brown sugar using a torch.

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Pistachio Creme Brulee knocks ordinary creme brulee out of the park. A must try!

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Thursday 10th of December 2020

What would be cooking time for flat 4 oz ramekins?


Wednesday 13th of February 2019

I made this last year for my husband and I for valentine's day. SO GOOD! I'll be making this again tomorrow ❤️ thank you


Wednesday 13th of February 2019

So happy to hear you enjoyed the creme brulee, Rachele! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie


Wednesday 11th of April 2018

I noticed that you use Watkins imitation rum for your picture. I just bought pistachio extract from Watkins a week ago. I will try it along with the crushed pistachios and see how it turns out!


Thursday 26th of April 2018

Oooh, I love pistachios! Let me know how you like it! -Jamie


Monday 5th of March 2018

delicious dessert would love to try some too


Wednesday 7th of March 2018

Thanks so much!


Monday 5th of March 2018

Is it okay to use dark rum instead of the extract? If so, same amount?


Wednesday 7th of March 2018

Carolyn- I haven't tried this substitution, but I think it would be just fine. Have a great day and happy baking! -Jamie

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