White Chocolate Crème Brulee

Back in the day, I would only eat white chocolate. I remember being a kid and blissfully gnawing off the heads of my pastel colored, white chocolate, bunnies on Easter Sunday. As I grew up, the appeal of chocolate in any form diminished. In fact, to this day I can take it or leave it. Many people get chocolate cravings and indulge their senses in delectable gourmet truffles, bars and bites.

Toss this girl a bag of Skittles or Starbursts and I will be happier than well… a kid in the candy store. Although chocolate is not my favorite flavor, many people in my circle love the stuff so I definitely highlight it in my baking on a regular basis. When I was at the market last month, I picked up a bar of white chocolate with no clear culinary creation in mind and simply chucked it into my cart. I got home and tossed it into my all too full baking cupboard and forgot about it.

Then on Friday, inspiration struck me as I was thinking about making crème brûlée to accompany a steak house inspired dinner. After slaving away in the kitchen over homemade ranch dressing, impeccably seasoned New York Strip Steaks, sauteed mushrooms and a lovely balsamic reduction, I was glad that I whipped up dessert at 10 am. All I had to do was take it out of the fridge caramelize the sugar, toss on a berry garnish and dessert was served.

Crème Brûlée has always been a dessert that I swoon over. In my opinion there is nothing more simplistic that will wow a crowd and tantalize taste buds like Crème Brûlée. This one is no different, it will please your family and friends and make you look like a culinary rock star!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!

White Chocolate Crème Brûlée

Yield: 4-7 servings


5 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar, divided
2 cups whipping cream
3 ounces white chocolate, imported finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons sugar


1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 300 degrees F.

2. Whisk egg yolks and 1/4 cup sugar in a medium bowl.

3. Bring cream and the remaining 1/4 cup sugar to simmer in heavy medium saucepan; reduce heat to low.

4. Gradually add chopped white chocolate to the cream mixture and whisk until smooth.

5. Gradually whisk the hot white chocolate mixture into yolk mixture, then whisk in vanilla.

6. Pour the mixture through a fine sieve, then ladle custard into four 10-oz custard cups (if you use 4 oz ramekins, it will fill about 7 of them).

7. Place the filled cups in large baking pan and add enough hot water to pan to come halfway up sides of cups.

8. Bake at 300 degrees F until the custards are set in the center, about 1 hour.

9. Carefully remove the custards from water and let cool.

10. Cover (plastic wrap works fine) and refrigerate.

11. Just before serving, preheat the broiler.

12. Sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon sugar over each custard.

13. Broil until the sugar caramelizes, watching carefully, which will take about 2 minutes. Serve hot, or refrigerate up to 1 hour and serve cold.


24 Responses to “White Chocolate Crème Brulee”

  1. Amy I. — September 28, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    This looks great! I had a white chocolate flop recently (mousse), so I really want to try again with something that's been tried and tested :) Also, I've always (wrongly, apparently) assumed that I needed one of those torches to make creme brulee. So glad to know that it can be done with the broiler.


  2. eatingjourney — September 28, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    you CAN'T go wrong with cream and chocolate. It looks divine.


  3. Nina — September 28, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    The broiler method is so hard esp when you have a small attention span or when you try to do more than 1 thing at a time…like I do.


  4. Barbara Bakes — September 28, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I may have to add a torch to my Christmas list! This looks divine!


  5. Teanna DiMicco — September 28, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    "Did you ever know that you're my hero? You're everything I wish I could be…"

    Seriously. Barbra said it, but I mean it. I LOVE white chocolate. LOVE LOVE LOVE and I'm not ashamed to admit it! This creme brulee is amazing. Amazing. Amazing.


  6. Bethie — September 29, 2009 at 4:41 am

    Looks amazing, as always.


  7. Karin — September 29, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Oh I love creme brulee! And white chocolate sounds wonderful! I actually just had my first bad experience with it though. The menu I was ordering from said "seasonal creme brulee" and it eneded up being coffee flavored. I hate coffee so I ended up with no dessert :(


  8. Ingrid — September 29, 2009 at 9:16 am

    My one son LOVES white chocolate. He'd eat my baking bars if he thought I wouldn't kick his butt! :) Thanks for sharing! I've yet to make creme brulee and have actually just recently received some vanilla beans. Guess this is another sign they're in my future! :)


  9. hannah | honey & jam — September 29, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    This looks amazing!


  10. Abby — September 29, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    I've never made – or even eaten – creme brulee. But I do own a kitchen torch! Gotta try this!


  11. Jhonny walker — September 29, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    you know..any time I here creme brulee– i remember my best friends wedding :) now I know how to make it.
    Thanks a lot


  12. Deeba @Passionate About Baking — September 29, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Oh this sounds over-the-top delicious Michelle…very very nice! can imagine the luxury the white chocolate adds to the brulee. Time for a torch…sigh!


  13. Maria — September 29, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    What an elegant dessert!


  14. sherri — September 30, 2009 at 6:18 am

    This creation is absolutely beautiful. If it tastes half as good as it looks…then I think I'm gonna' need a larger pant size!


  15. Smitten Sugar — September 30, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Oh my yumm!! I will definitly have to try this one! I bought a torch and just havent had a chance to use it. I think I found a recipe to try out!!


  16. Eliana — September 30, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Creme Brulee is indeed an impresive dessert and it's sooooo easy to make. Yours looks like it achieved the perfect top as well. Bravo.


  17. lisamichele — October 1, 2009 at 1:44 am

    I ADORE white chocolate (used to gnaw on the white bunnies too!) and I LOVE creme brulee. To sum it up, I'm in deep love with your gorgeous creme brulle tarts. Bookmarked :)


  18. Elenaki — October 2, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Great! I was going to make a creme brulee tomorrow for my guests. But a creme brulee with white chocolate sounds even better – I love both!
    Can I ask you something?
    If I take 25% cream will it be ok, or it has to be heeeeavy? I always do it with 40% cream, but I am trying to think about my waist now.


  19. Jelli Bean — October 2, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Creme brulee is one of my absolute favorite desserts. Glad you posted this and reminded me to get with it and pop one of these into the oven, stat! I like the white chocolate idea, I've never tried that before, but I will be now!


  20. Kevin — October 6, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    White chocolate creme brulee sounds so good!


  21. Hot Polka Dot — February 24, 2010 at 11:50 am

    These are beautiful! It makes me want a kitchen torch, but I’ll see how the broiler works first. Thanks!


  22. alison milner — August 6, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    had an amazing White chocolate and butterscotch crème brûlée OMG it was to die for!!!!!


  23. Nettie — May 5, 2012 at 11:46 am

    This was so deliciousness. It was creamy and chocolaty. Just perfect! I used a broiler and it worked great. Thanks for this great recipe.


    • Jamie — May 6, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for coming back and letting us know how it worked out for you!

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