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Sous Vide Crème Brûlée

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time
Serving Yield 4 servings

From America's Test Kitchen: Conventional custard recipes require care and attention with temperature-sensitive steps like tempering eggs with the hot dairy to avoid curdling and arranging a water bath in the oven. The precise temperature control of sous vide cooking makes custardy desserts like crème brûlée easier to execute. We whisked the base together, portioned it into Mason jars, and circulated for one hour. It was that easy. Once the custards finished cooking, we chilled them before the finale of a torched sugar topping.

By: America's Test Kitchen


  • 1/2 vanilla bean (1g)
  • 2 cups (500g) heavy cream
  • 5 large Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs, yolks only (75g)
  • 1/3 cup (65g) granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 teaspoons (20g) Demerara or turbinado sugar

Nutritional Information plus

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving: Calories 575,  Total Fat 51g, Sat. Fat 31g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholest. 375mg, Sodium 94mg, Total Carb. 25g, Fiber 0g, Sugars 25g, Protein 6g.

Nutritional information provided by America's Test Kitchen.


Step 1

Using sous vide circulator, bring water to 180F in 7-quart container.

Step 2

Cut vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Using tip of paring knife, scrape out seeds. Whisk vanilla bean and seeds, cream, egg yolks, granulated sugar, and salt in bowl until sugar has dissolved. Strain custard through fine-mesh strainer into 4-cup liquid measuring cup, then divide evenly among four 8-ounce widemouthed Mason jars. Gently tap jars on counter to remove any air bubbles, then seal; do not overtighten lids.

Step 3

Gently lower jars into water bath until fully submerged. Cover and cook for at least 60 minutes or up to 75 minutes.

Step 4

Transfer jars to wire rack and let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours.

Step 5

Gently blot away condensation on top of custards using paper towels. Sprinkle each custard with 1 teaspoon (5 grams) turbinado sugar. Tilt and tap each jar to distribute sugar evenly, then wipe rims of jars clean. Ignite torch and caramelize sugar by sweeping flame of torch from perimeter of custard toward middle, keeping flame about 2 inches above jar, until sugar is bubbling and deep golden brown. Let sit for 5 minutes to allow sugar crust to harden, then serve.

Farm Team Tips:

A vanilla bean gives the crème brûlée the deepest flavor, but 1 teaspoon (5g) vanilla extract can be substituted.

Be careful not to overtighten the jars before placing them in the water bath; it can cause the glass to crack.

For the caramelized sugar crust, we recommend turbinado or Demerara sugar; regular granulated sugar will work, but use only 1 scant teaspoon (4 grams) for each Mason jar portion.

Crème brûlée can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

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