Creme brulee is not as complicated as it seems. In fact, it only takes some 20 minutes to prepare everything (and some 40 minutes in the oven). No need to worry about complicated bain marie/ water bath, here’s the quick version. You’ll need 1 l milk, 8 eggs, one and a half cup of sugar, some vanilla essence and lemon zest.
- In a pan, melt half of the sugar until it becomes liquid. You’ll need to use an oven-proof pan. If you are using a ceramic or glass oven-proof dish, quickly pour the liquid sugar into the dish and make sure you coat all the base surface while the sugar is still liquid.
- In a separate bowl, mix the 8 eggs. Gradually integrate the rest of the sugar and the milk.
- Add vanilla essence or vanilla sugar and a bit of lemon zest.
- Pour everything into the oven-proof dish or pan, and put it in the oven (300 – 350F would do it) for some 40 -50 minutes.
I found this nice video depicting the process step by step. Although the instructions are not in English, it’s quite good in terms of finding out what you’re supposed to expect when making this delicious dessert.