How to make Black Tea Crème Brûlée

Black Tea Crème Brûlée can easily be described as the perfect creation of black tea-infused velvety cream topped with caramelized sugar. Crème Brûlée has the reputation to be difficult to make and often puts home bakers off. But you need to try it out. It requires a few ingredients that most pantries have: sugar, heavy cream, and egg yolks. You add the tea or fruit of your choice and you are pretty much done. If you decide to brown the sugar on top with a torch you need to be careful. For this recipe, we actually resort to a more traditional method. We used the broil.

Why we love 💕the Black Tea Crème Brûlée

  • It is a sophisticated recipe and so French!
  • The perfect blend of creamy custard and aromatic black tea
  • Although the recipe needs some time, it is easy to make

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👩‍🍳What kitchenware you need to make the Black Tea Crème Brûlée

  • Mixing bowls
  • Stainless steel whisker
  • Ramekins
  • Microwave safe measuring bowl

👩‍🍳What ingredients you need to make the Black Tea Crème Brûlée

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 black tea teabags – we used Yorkshire black tea for this recipe
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons turbinado sugar

🕐How to make the Black Tea Crème Brûlée

Steep black tea bags in whipping cream for 30 minutes
Steep black tea bags in whipping cream for 30 minutes
A mixing bowl with egg yolks and sugar
Mix egg yolks with sugar in a bowl
Adding all ingredients together in a mixing bowl
Pour tea-infused cream in a bowl with the egg and sugar mixture
Pour mixture in ramekins
Pour mixture in ramekins and place in the oven
the Black Tea Crème Brûlée ramekin is baked and ready for the fridge
The Black Tea Crème Brûlée ramekin is baked and ready for the fridge

Tip: if you really want to impress, pour the custard in oven safe tea cups instead of ramekins

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FAQs about the Black Tea Crème Brûlée

Do I have to use heavy whipping cream for the Black Tea Crème Brûlée?

At wedesserts.com, we use only heavy whipping cream for this recipe. If you want, you can use a combination of both heavy whipping cream and whole milk to make the custard lighter. ·If you decide to substitute milk for some of the heavy whipping cream, stick with a 1:1 ratio. Use one cup of heavy whipping cream and one cup of milk. Crème Brûlée is meant to be rich so heavy cream is fine by itself.

What is the best sugar to use for the Black Tea Crème Brûlée?

The best sugar to use is regular granulated white sugar. Its small granules easily melt into the custard so it perfectly balances the bitterness of the burnt sugar crust. For the topping, we use turbinado sugar for the extra color. You can use granulated white sugar if you prefer.

How can I easily temper the egg yolks with the cream?

When adding the cream to the egg mixture, you need to do so slowly to prevent the eggs from curdling. Keep whisking slowly while pouring. If the mixture starts to look like scrambled eggs, it means that the recipe is failing and you need to do it again. Alternatively, you can stir the mixture gently with a spoon.

How much water I should put for the water bath?

The reason of the water bath in baking is to surround the Crème Brûlée with water so as to allow them to cook gently and will help keep them from cracking. The water should come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. 

🫖Can I make this Black Tea Crème Brûlée the with loose leaf tea?

You can follow the recipe but insteaf of the teabgas, add 2 tablespoons black loose leaf tea in the whipping cream. Let it steep in the counter for 30 minutes. Then strain into a liquid measuring cup because you will loose some liquid. Add more cream to bring it back to one cup as this recipe requires.

🍮How can I brown the sugar on top to make the Crème Brûlée?

When you are ready to serve the Black Tea Crème Brûlée chilled, remove from the refrigerator and sprinkle with an even layer of sugar. You will want to use about 1 teaspoon of turbinado sugar per custard. Then using your torch, heat the sugar until it browns and forms a crust.

If you don’t want to use a torch, set oven control to broil. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon turbinado sugar over each chilled custard. Place ramekins in baking pan with sides. Broil with tops 4 to 6 inches from heat for 5  minutes or until brown sugar is melted and forms a glaze. 

How long do I need to bake the Black Tea Crème Brûlée?

Bake for up to 45 minutes until custard is set. The baking time will vary widely depending on the size and shape of your ramekins as well as on your oven.

For how long do I keep the Crème Brûlée in the refrigerator?

Allow the custards to cool on the counter until they reach room temperature. Then you can cover each ramekin with plastic wrap and chill them in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours and up to four days.

Black Tea Crème Brûlée ready to serve

How to make Black Tea Crème Brûlée

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lack Tea Crème Brûlée can easily be described as the perfect creation of black tea infused velvety cream topped with caramelized sugar. Crème Brûlée has the reputation to be difficult to make and often puts home bakers off. But you need to try it out. It requires a few ingredients that most pantries have: sugar, heavy cream, and egg yolks.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
cooling 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, French
Servings 2
Calories 577 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 black tea teabags
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons turbinado sugar

Instructions
 

  • Pour 1 cup of heavy whipping cream in a microwave safe bowl or in a measuring bowl to make it easy to remove
  • Heat in the microwave for three minutes. Ideally heat for one minute minute, remove, and stir. Repeat for another minute, remove, and stir. Finally, heat again for one final minute and stir again. Following this process, the whipping cream will not boil
  • Add 2 black tea teabags to heated cream. Make sure to dunk them a few times so as the bags absorb enough cream and begin to infuse it with flavor
    Steep black tea bags in whipping cream for 30 minutes
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let it steep on the counter for 30 minutes
  • Heat oven to 325℉
  • Place egg yolks to a small mixing bowl. Pour 3 tablespoons of sugar over the egg yolks
    A mixing bowl with egg yolks and sugar
  • Gently whisk, folding the sugar into the yolks
  • When tea-infused cream is ready, slowly pour into the egg and sugar mixture while whisking gently
    Adding all ingredients together in a mixing bowl
  • Once the cream and egg mixture are blended together, pour mixture into ramekins
    Pour mixture in ramekins
  • Place the ramekins in a deep baking pan and put them on the middle rack in the oven
  • Pour hot water into the baking pan to create a water bath until the water comes halfway up the sides of the ramekins
  • Bake for 45 minutes at 325℉ degrees
  • Remove from the oven. Allow to cool  at room temperature for 15 minutes until you can safely pick up the ramekins and remove them from the water
    the Black Tea Crème Brûlée ramekin is baked and ready for the fridge
  • Refrigerate ramekins up to 4 hours or overnight
  • Remove the Crème Brûlée from the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes prior to browning the sugar on top
  • When ready to serve, sprinkle each ramekin with a teaspoon of turbinado sugar
  • Use a blow torch to burn turbinado sugar
  • Serve and enjoy!
    Black Tea Crème Brûlée ready to serve

Notes

    • This is a recipe for 2 portions. You can double the recipe for 4
    • Instead of whisking the eggs and the sugar mixture, you can gently stir with a fork folding the sugar into the yolks
    • To broil: set oven control to broil. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon turbinado sugar over each chilled custard. Place ramekins in baking pan with sides. Broil with tops 4 to 6 inches from heat 5 minutes or until brown sugar is melted and forms a glaze. 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 577kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 8gFat: 50gSaturated Fat: 30gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 426mgSodium: 45mgPotassium: 144mgSugar: 26gVitamin A: 2139IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 114mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Black Tea Crème Brûlée, Crème Brûlée, Mango Crème Brûlée, Tea Crème Brûlée
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