Espresso Crème Brûlée

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Crème brûlée is amazing, but you know what’s even better? Espresso crème brûlée. This version retains much of its traditional flavor, with the delicious addition of freshly brewed espresso made from the Café Bellissimo Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine. All that’s left to do is crack open the sugary top with a spoon.


2 ounces (50g/2 shots) espresso

1½ cups (350g) heavy cream

½ cup (125g) whole milk

⅓ cup (72g) granulated sugar, plus more for sprinkling

1 vanilla bean, split and scraped

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

6 large (98g) egg yolks


1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Arrange six 6-ounce ramekins in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Bring a kettle or medium pot of water to a boil for the water bath.

2. Using a Café Bellisimo Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine, brew the espresso.

3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the cream, milk and espresso to a simmer. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, rub together the sugar and vanilla bean seeds with your fingers. Add the salt and egg yolks to the sugar and whisk until pale and slightly thickened, about 1 minute.

4. Once the cream mixture has come to a simmer, slowly whisk ⅓ of the hot cream into the egg mixture until combined. Add the rest of the hot cream, whisking to combine, then strain into a large container with a spout (like a 4-cup liquid measuring cup).

5. Pour the cream mixture into each of the 6 ramekins and transfer the baking dish to the oven. Pour the boiling water into the baking dish about halfway up the ramekins. Bake until the crème brûlée appears just set, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool the ramekins at room temperature, then chill until ready to serve.

6. To serve, sprinkle the tops of each crème brûlée with granulated sugar and, using a kitchen torch or broiler, heat until the sugar is melted and golden brown.

Nutrition Facts
  • 307 calories

  • 26g fat

  • 15g carbs

  • 4g protein

  • 15g sugars

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