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Pierre Hermé’s Vanilla Crème Brûlée

2017-11-17
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  • Chef : François
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  • Posted on: Friday November 17, 2017
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Don't look further : The best Crème Brûlée recipe is here ! Master Pierre Hermé reveals here the best method to master a delicious and classical dessert 



Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

About this recipe

After the Pierre Hermé’s pistachio crème brûlée, I wanted to try the traditional Vanilla version

Just delicious and incredible ! I could reproduce a Vanilla crème brûlée that is the best version I have ever tasted !

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille


I love its texture, its taste : This seems like the perfect crème brûlée recipe to me !

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille
Not so surprising when you know the author is the French master Pierre Hermé!

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Source of the recipe

This is a recipe that I found in his book "Plaisirs Sucrés".

Be aware that lots of blogs mention this recipe, but with mistakes. I am giving you the authentic one here!
Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille
The recipe is on page 162

Modifications to the original recipe


Ingredients

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

For 8 ramequins (4-inch diameter)

 
5 Vanilla Beans

2 ¼ Cups Milk (500 grams)

2 ¼ Cups Cream (500 grams)

9 Egg Yolks. ¾ Cup or 180 grams

¾ Cup Sugar (180 grams)

 Caramel

½ Cup Light Brown Sugar (100 grams)

For 16 ramequins (4-inch diameter)

 
10 Vanilla Beans

4 ½ Cups Milk (1 kilogram)

4 ½ Cups Cream (1 kilogram)

18 Egg Yolks. 1 ½ Cup or 360 grams

1 ½ Cup Sugar (360 grams)

 Caramel

1 Cup Light Brown Sugar (200 grams)

For 4 ramequins (4-inch diameter)

 
2.5 Vanilla Beans

1 Cup Milk (250 grams)

1 Cup Cream (250 grams)

4.5 Egg Yolks. ⅓ Cup or 90 grams

½ Cup Sugar (90 grams)

 Caramel

4 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar (50 grams)

For 6 ramequins (4-inch diameter)

 
3.7 Vanilla Beans

1 ⅔ Cup Milk (375 grams)

1 ⅔ Cup Cream (375 grams)

6.7 Egg Yolks. ½ Cup or 134 grams

½ Cup Sugar (135 grams)

 Caramel

⅓ Cup Light Brown Sugar (75 grams)

For 8 ramequins (3.2-inch diameter)

 
3.2 Vanilla Beans

1 ½ Cup Milk (320 grams)

1 ½ Cup Cream (320 grams)

5.7 Egg Yolks. ½ Cup or 114 grams

½ Cup Sugar (115.2 grams)

 Caramel

⅓ Cup Light Brown Sugar (64 grams)

Steps


Scrape the seeds loose from the

Vanilla Beans

(5), using the point or edge of a knife

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

In a small, heavy saucepan, pour the

Milk

(2 ¼ Cups or 500 g), the

Cream

(2 ¼ Cups or 500 g) and

Vanilla Beans

(5) seeds

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

I know you may be tempted to use Vanilla Extract but I do NOT recommend it : The taste will not be as close to heaven as if you used Vanilla Beans. You will stay on earth… far from heaven

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille
Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille
Now, if you can’t use Vanilla Beans for any reason, the only alternative that I would recommend is Vanilla Paste, which contains the seeds.

(as Vanilla extract does not contain those seeds).

See them online HERE

Heat the saucepan

on medium heat



Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Keep on stirring with a rubber spatula to prevent the cream to cook

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Bring to a boil

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Hermé says to remove from heat and to wait

30 minutes

to let the vanilla infuse.

I like to cover with plastic wrap

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Your

Egg Yolks

must be very fresh

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Whisk together the

Egg Yolks

(9) and the

Sugar

(¾ Cup or 180 g) until smooth

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

After

30 minutes

, it’s time to remove the Vanilla Pods

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille
Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille
Pour the liquid onto the the

Egg Yolks

(9) and the

Sugar

(¾ Cup or 180 g) mixture

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Whisk constantly

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

For the next steps – It’s easier to use a measuring cup with spout

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

The best dishes for creme brulées are terra cotta ramekins

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Pour in the mixture

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Place the ramekins on an oven-proof tray

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Baking

Place in the oven and bake at 305 °F / 150 °C

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

While it’s baking, shake one ramekin and check the center : let them bake until they are barely softly set (almost liquid)

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Here, shaking the ramequin reveals that the cream is still too liquid

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Keep on baking…

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Another check…

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Here, shaking the ramequin reveals that the cream is set, not shaking anymore

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

It’s time to remove from the oven

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Cooling down

Let the ramequins cool down at room temperature.

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Placing the ramekins in the fridge to cool completely for at least

2 hours

. This can even be done overnight without affecting the texture.

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Ready to serve?

Remove from the fridge right when it’s ready to be served…

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille
Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Caramelizing

You will need a torch which is the best method.

Otherwise, you can use the broiler of your oven
Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille
Spread evenly some

Light Brown Sugar

, using a spoon or a strainer

As I didn’t have

Light Brown Sugar

, I used regular sugar

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille
Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille
Using the torch, melt the sugar and form a crispy top.

You can also use the broiler
Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille
This is a nice crispy top !

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

The contrast between the cold custard and the warm caramel is what makes this dessert so irresistible !

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille

Result

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille


A beautiful recipe!

Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille


Pierre Hermé’s Crème Brûlée Vanille


The other recipe of Crème Brulées

Pierre Hermé’s Pistachio Crème Brûlée


The result and the pix




Comments for This Recipe

6 Comments
  1. On Saturday March 31, 2018
    Zak wrote:
    Is it possible to use bain marie? What are the advantages and disadvantages of it? Thanks!
  2. On Saturday March 31, 2018
    François answered:
    Hey Zak. Yes it is possible, but then it's not technically a Creme Brulée, but a Crema Catalana (a kinda cousin of the creme brulee).

    Honestly, the creme brulee tastes better, although the crema catalana is faster to make.
    The recipe of the creme catalane is HERE (but is in French)
  3. On Sunday July 15, 2018
    Paul H wrote:
    Best Creme Brûlée I’ve ever had!
    Thanks for this recipe!
  4. On Tuesday July 17, 2018
    François answered:
    Great, Paul !
  5. On Saturday October 13, 2018
    Taco wrote:
    150 Celcius is way to high.The result looks grainy, like scrambled eggs.
    I always cook them 95 Celcius for 2 hours.
  6. On Saturday October 13, 2018
    François answered:
    depends on the oven...

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5 Vanilla Beans

2 ¼ Cups Milk (500 g)

2 ¼ Cups Cream (500 g)

9 Egg Yolks

¾ Cup Sugar (180 g)

½ Cup Light Brown Sugar (100 g)