This chocolate-centric creme brulee retains the creaminess and caramelized-sugar topping of the classic version. Though caramel and chocolate are considered sweets, the real secret to their allure is an undercurrent of bitterness, a natural component of cacao and burned sugar.


Recipe Summary

Makes 4 (or enough for 15 sandwiches)




Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Makethe creme brulee: Heat creamand 1/4 cup sugar in a smallsaucepan over medium heat,stirring, until sugar dissolvesand the cream just begins tosimmer. Add chocolate, andwhisk until melted and smooth.

  • Whisk remaining 3 tablespoonssugar with the egg yolksin a medium bowl. Slowly pourcream mixture into yolk mixture,whisking constantly. Straincustard through a fine sieve.

  • Pour custard into four 4-ounceramekins. Transfer ramekins toa roasting pan, and fill pan withenough boiling water to reachhalfway up the sides of ramekins.Bake until custards are justset, 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes.Carefully remove from water,and let custards cool.

  • Assemble the cremes brulees: Refrigerate for 1 hour. Top each with 1 tablespoon sugar. Hold asmall handheld kitchen torch at a 90-degree angle 3 to 4 inches from surface of custard. Moveflame back and forth until surface is caramelized. Alternatively, broil custards on top rack untilcaramelized, 1 to 2 minutes.

Cook's Notes

Baked cremes brulees can be refrigerated overnight.Caramelize tops before serving.

Reviews (5)

136 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 43
  • 4 star values: 46
  • 3 star values: 30
  • 2 star values: 15
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
Easy, creamy and delicious. Who wouldn't love it? Broiled to caramelize the sugar and it worked perfectly.
Rating: 5 stars
I just made this a couple of nights ago and it was great! Fortunately, we ordered an oven thermometer and found our oven was cooking cooler than what it was set on, so that made this a bit easier. Will be making this a gain very soon, although I may make them smaller, so we have a few more to go further.
Rating: 5 stars
This is the best chocolate creme brûlée recipe! I added 2 tbsp of coffee while stirring in the chocolate (I love recipes that combine chocolate and coffee). A true crowd pleaser.
Rating: Unrated
I made this for Valentine's Day. The preparation was easy and so very delicious. This is a keeper recipe for sure! JScots
Rating: Unrated
I made this and it was delicious. Even with a torch (I used the broiler) it was good. You can see my results here: