The easiest 5-ingredient Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee For Two – it’s the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert!
I’ve never been one for going out on Valentine’s Day. A fun, perhaps fancy, dinner at home is what I much prefer to celebrate with my honey. Also, please remind me to never call Marc “my honey” on here again. Kthanks.
And actually, the past few years we’ve been getting together with some friends for, what we call, PALentine’s Day.
We gather at one of our homes, kids and all, and cook a yummy dinner for all of us to celebrate the love we have for each other. It’s always a super fun night.
Whenever I think of a Valentine’s Day dessert, anything deeply chocolate and creme brulee comes to mind. I’ll also make an exception for my Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse Cups on Valentine’s Day because those are 100% yummy and pretty pink!
The problem with a lot of dessert recipes is that they make a pretty big quantity. While an entire flourless chocolate torte will be perfect for our PALentine’s Day dinner this year, it’s probably not ideal for a date night in. Either is 6 servings of creme brulee.
Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee for Two will fix that! This recipe is a pared down version from the one I made for Christmas this year and it turned out perfectly. While creme brulee might seem like a difficult recipe to make, I promise you it is not!
Making vanilla bean creme brulee involves three simple steps. First, you heat up the cream and sugar, and then add the egg yolk and vanilla bean paste. Next, you bake it and chill it in the refrigerator for four hours. Lastly, sprinkle some sugar on top and caramelize it. Easy peasy!
If you are making this for Valentine’s Day, I would definitely prep it the day in advance. While the minimum chilling is 4 hours, I think chilling them overnight is the way to go. Do everything except for caramelizing the sugar on top, and then chill in the refrigerator to ensure the ramekins are completely chilled and set up.
Another key for success? Using vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract. Vanilla bean paste has the vanilla bean pods, which gives the creme brulee the little specks throughout the custard. It’s basically a much easier method than using actual vanilla beans – I love using it for all of my vanilla flavored baked goods!
One thing is for sure – you don’t have to go to a fancy restaurant anymore to get delicious creme brulee!
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- 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
- 4 tablespoons granulated sugar divided use
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Additional granulated sugar for caramelizing
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- In a small saucepan, add heavy cream and 3 tablespoons of sugar over medium-low heat.
- Bring the cream mixture to a light simmer (it will begin to steam) and then remove it from heat. Set aside and let cool.
- In a separate small bowl, whisk together egg yolks, remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar, vanilla bean paste, and salt.
- Add 2 tablespoons of the cream mixture to the egg yolk mixture, whisking to combine. Add another 2 tablespoons, whisking to combine. This will keep the eggs from scrambling from the warm cream.
- Add this tempered egg yolk mixture to the saucepan of cream, whisking continuously as you add it, and whisk until combined.
- Place two ramekins in a baking dish.
- Divide creme brulee mixture between two 6-8 ounce ramekins. Fill the baking dish with water, about half-way up the creme brulee dishes.
- Place baking dish in preheated oven and bake for 50-55 minutes, or until just set. They will still be jiggly in the middle.
- Cool at room temperature for an hour and then place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or (preferably) overnight.
- Once ready to serve, top each ramekin with about 1 teaspoon of sugar.
- Melt the sugar with a creme brulee torch, until golden brown. You can also do this under a broiler.
- Serve and enjoy!