Gingered Crème Brûlée

Gingered Crème Brûlée

Translated literally, this means “burnt cream”. Sugar is caramelized on top of this creamy dessert to make a brittle topping that contrasts with the smooth, rich custard.

30 min. prep time
8 servings
151 Rating



1 (1-ounce) piece fresh gingerroot, peeled, cut into 8 pieces
1/2 cup sugar


4 teaspoons sugar


Heat oven to 250°F. 

Pour half & half, whipping cream and ginger into heavy 2-quart saucepan. Cook over low heat 30 minutes. Remove ginger.

Beat 1/2 cup sugar and eggs in bowl until sugar dissolves and mixture is slightly thickened. Slowly add whipping cream mixture, mixing well after each addition. 

Place 8 (4-ounce) ungreased ramekins or custard cups into baking pan. Divide mixture evenly among ramekins. Place baking pan on oven rack; pour boiling water into baking pan to 1/2-inch depth. Bake 1-1 1/2 hours or until custards are just set around edges. Remove from water; cool to room temperature. Cover; refrigerate 8 hours or overnight until thoroughly chilled. 

Heat broiler. Just before serving, sprinkle top of each custard evenly with 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Place ramekins on baking pan. Broil 3 to 4 inches from heat just 1-2 minutes or until sugar caramelizes. Serve immediately. 

Recipe Tip

- Baking time varies with the type of custard cups used and with the heat of the water bath. With metal, thin porcelain and glass dishes, cooking time is less. Heavy pottery dishes take more time to conduct heat. Custard cups that are deep with less surface area take more time than cups that are shallow with more surface.

- Read more about this recipe on Recipe Buzz® Blog.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 350

Fat: 28g

Cholesterol: 200mg

Sodium: 65mg

Carbohydrates: 20g

Dietary Fiber: <1g

Protein: 6g

Recipe #12386©2002Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

It is a good recipe but you can't copy it and paste it to your recipes so I probably won't make it again since I can't save it.
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From the menu on the left hand side of the recipe you are able to print the recipe, save the recipe to your recipe box on the site and email it to yourself or a friend. if you want to copy it just highlight the recipe and paste it into a World document. When copying the recipe like this sometimes it does not format quite right but it should be OK to use.
Posted February 08, 2013

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