How to brûler

Learn how to make crème brûlée, custard tarts and sugar-topped desserts.

Points to remember

  • Place item to be brûléed on a flame-proof surface, such as a baking tray.
  • Sprinkle a thin, even layer of caster sugar over the surface. Mist with a fine spray of water, to help the sugar to dissolve (optional).
  • Use a blowtorch to dissolve and caramelise the sugar, constantly moving the flame over the surface.
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TIPS
HOW TO BRûLER

If a thicker layer of caramel is required, it’s better to do two separate layers rather than one thick one.

HOW TO BRûLER

Be very careful when using a blowtorch – don’t hold the ramekin or tart whilst you’re brûléeing. 

HOW TO BRûLER

Don’t hold the blowtorch too close to the surface – it will take longer for the sugar to caramelise.