Day 11: 12 Days of Recipes 2020 - Tea Crème Brûlée

December 23, 2020

Day 11: 12 Days of Recipes 2020 - Tea Crème Brûlée

Our annual 12 days of recipes continues! These recipes and features make great gifts and stocking stuffers, and are must-haves for the serious cook during the holiday season!

Day 11: Special Treats & Techniques

On the eleventh day of recipes, we're giving you the reason you needed to get the culinary torch you've always wanted! From caramelizing desserts to roasting peppers, every aspiring chef should have a culinary torch in their kitchen! And you've still got time to pick one up in store before Christmas - we're open in our Langley store until December 24th at 4PM.

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Tea Crème Brûlées



  • 2 cups of Whipping Cream
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tbsp Loose Tea
  • 5 whole Egg Yolks
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • Extra Sugar for Topping


  • Heat your oven to 325 degrees. Combine the vanilla, cream & tea in a heavy saucepan and simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes. When it starts to simmer turn off the heat & let it steep.
  • Set a kettle to boil water.
  • In a bow, whisk together egg yolks & sugar until they become thick & pale yellow in colour. Once the tea has stepped in the cream for ten minutes, strain the cream into a clean bowl, discarding the tea. Very slowly drizzle the warm cream into the egg yolks whisking to combine. Place four crème brûlée ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet. Divide the mixture evenly among the ramekins.
  • Place the baking sheet in the pre-heated oven & pour the boiling water from the kettle into the bottom of the sheet pan until it reaches half way up the sides of the dishes. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until set. The custard will be quite wobbly and will jiggle from side to side but should not be liquid in the centre.
  • Remove the ramekins from the pan & Cool on a cooling rack until cool enough to touch. Cover with plastic wrap & refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours.
  • While you are ready to serve the crème brûlée, take the ramekins out of the fridge, uncover them & sprinkle an even layer of sugar over the whole surface & tap out any excess sugar. Ignite a culinary torch & hold it near the ramekin so the flame is parallel to the surface of the custard. You want the heat from the fame to be very close to the sugar so it caramelizes, but not directly in contact with it or it will burn. Move the torch around the surface fo the custard in a slow, even motion so as not to burn the sugar. Caramelize the surface of all four crème brûlées. Serve immediately.

Prep Time: 20 minutes + 3 hours to set

Cook time: 60 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

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