Lemon Crème Brûlée

Lemon Crème Brûlée

A chilled, lemon-flavoured custard with a caramelized sugar topping.

6 servings
Preparation 15 min
Cooking 35 min

Standing 3 h

410 calories per serving 


  butter, unsalted, to grease the ramekins    
3 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed   1 lemon
2 cups whipping cream 35%   500 mL
8 tbsp sugar   100 g
5 egg yolks    
1 tsp vanilla extract   5 mL
2 tbsp brown sugar   24 g
  aluminum foil    

Before you start

Due to the use of non-fractional egg amounts in this recipe, only limited choices in the number of servings are possible.


  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F.
  2. Line a shallow baking pan with a kitchen towel. Have a pot of boiling water ready to add to the pan later
  3. Pour the lemon juice into a small saucepan. Bring it to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until the juice is reduced to about 1/3 of the original amount, 3-5 min. Set aside.
  4. In another saucepan, combine the cream and sugar, then cook over medium heat, with occasional stirring, until steam rises from the surface, about 3-5 min. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool down for about 15 min.
  5. Separate the egg whites and yolks. Set the whites aside in a glass jar with a lid and put them in the refrigerator or freezer for a future use in another recipe. Put the yolks in a bowl, add the vanilla and mix until smooth and well combined. Slowly add the cream mixture, whisking constantly, then stir in the reduced lemon juice. Divide the custard among the ramekins. Place the ramekins in the prepared baking pan and add the boiling water to fill the pan halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  6. Cover the pan loosely with aluminum foil and bake in the centre of the oven for 35-40 min, until the custards are just set. Check with a toothpick or knife to see if they are cooked through. When done, remove the ramekins from the pan and let them cool down to room temperature, about 1 h, then chill them in the refrigerator for at least 2 h or overnight.
  7. Just before serving, preheat the broiler.
  8. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over each custard, put the ramekins in the oven close to the upper element (about 3 cm) and broil a couple minutes until the tops have caramelized to a golden brown colour. Serve right away.


The custards can be kept up to 4 days in the refrigerator before the final caramelising step covered with a sheet of plastic wrap. Before serving, very gently blot the top surfaces with paper towels before sprinkling with the sugar and caramelizing.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (130g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




34 g

52 %

Saturated 20 g
+ Trans 0 g

99 %


285 mg


40 mg

2 %


24 g

8 %


0 g

0 %


21 g


4 g

Vitamin A

35 %

Vitamin C

6 %


8 %


4 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: 0 serving
Grain Products: 0 serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: ¼ serving

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Low :
Source of :
Calcium, Omega-3, Phosphorus, Selenium, Vitamin B2, Zinc
Good source of :
Folacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin E
Excellent source of :
Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D

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This recipe is in the following categories: Eggs | Desserts | Halal | High Vitamin D | Kosher | Low Sodium | Source of Omega-3 | Vegetarian | Bake

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