How to make creme caramels

A creme caramel with a bite taken out

Question: How to make creme caramels?

Answer: With nerves of steal and a willingness to be burnt.

But it’s worth it. Because creme caramels can be (well, need to be) made the night before a dinner party. And that’s handy. They’re also yummy and impressive. Win-win!

A creme caramel on a plateThis recipe also doesn’t use too many eggs. Some creme caramel recipes ask for 12 egg yolks and taste like quiche. This one is nice and creamy. And this is how you do it:

Melt your sugar and water over a medium boil. Wipe down the sides of the pan with water on a pastry brush and hold your nerve until it browns nicely.

sugar and water boiling in a pot

This is NOT done.I once lost my nerve and pulled it at this stage. The end result tasted good, but looked like egg white over the custard part.

HOLD. YOUR. NERVE.

sugar and water browning

Still not done. At this point I’ve also realised my stove does not cook evenly. Hopefully yours does.

The whole thing needs to be a rich brown colour. Once it is, transfer it to a heated jug to pour into your ramekins. You can see the end colour your aiming for in the photo below.

Hot caramel being poured into ramakin

Try not burn yourself. If you succeed let me know how.

Be quick. This will set by the time you’ve finished pouring. This is a race against the clock here.

And for gods sake do NOT put your finger in the caramel. Oh man, don’t do that.

Make your custard and pour that on top.

Add custard to the ramakin

Pouring and photographing is hard. But you get the gist. Now make a water bath by lining a baking tray with tea towels and pour hot water in until it comes half way up the sides of the ramekins.

Making a water bath for the creme caramels to cook in

Just like this. Then cover it with foil. Be impressed with yourself, you can now say “oh, yes, creme caramels, it’s just important to make them in a water bath so they set well” during your dinner party.

Covering the waterbaths with foil

Put them in the oven for 45 minutes or until they no longer jiggle and a knife comes out clean.

Creme caramels after being cooked in the oven

You don’t eat them now. Leave them alone. Wait until completely cool – about two hours. Cover with cling film and put in the fridge for six hours or overnight.

Turning ramikins upside down on plates

When time to serve, run a flat knife along the outside of the ramekin and place upside down on a plate. Sometimes they come out first go, sometimes they need a little help, like below.

Me, cutting around the edge of a ramakin to help it get out

“get out get out get out get out!”

Dishes in the background of this photo and all.

And then eat them!

Creme caramels with strawberries on the side

You can see my reflection in the teaspoon with my camera.

Isn’t that nice.

Ingredients
270g (1 1/4 cups) caster sugar
80ml (1/3 cup) water
375ml (1 1/2 cups) milk
250ml (1 cup) thickened cream
4 eggs
2 egg yolks
55g (1/4 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
2 tbs golden syrup

Makes: Eight half cup ramekins

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Place the caster sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high and bring to the boil. Boil, without stirring, occasionally brushing down side of pan with a pastry brush dipped in water, for 3-4 minutes or until golden. Transfer mixture to a heated jug (unless your saucepan has a lip to pour from) and pour sugar mixture evenly among eight 125ml (1/2-cup) capacity ovenproof ramekins. Set aside for 5 minutes or until set.
  2. Combine the milk and cream in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer (do not boil). Remove from heat.
  3. Place the eggs, egg yolks, brown sugar and golden syrup in a large heatproof bowl. Use a fork to whisk until well combined. Gradually whisk the milk mixture into the egg mixture. Transfer the mixture to a large jug, then carefully pour over the caramel in the ramekins.
  4. Line the base of a large roasting pan with a tea towel and fold to fit. Place the ramekins on the tea towel in the roasting pan. Pour enough boiling water into the pan to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Cover the roasting pan with foil. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until custards are just set. Remove from oven.
  5. Transfer the ramekins to a baking tray and set aside for 2 hours to cool. Cover the ramekins with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 6 hours or overnight to chill.
  6. To serve, run a flat-bladed knife around the inside edge of the ramekins and carefully turn onto serving plates.

Healthy? 335 calories per serve.

Gluten free: Yes!

Storage: Eat within two days.

Source: Taste.com

15 Comments on How to make creme caramels

  1. frugalfeeding
    17 May 2012 at 7:26 pm (3 years ago)

    They are much nicer when creamy – these look great Aimee, very good tutorial indeed :D. Perhaps I shall have to attempt them :D

    Reply
    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      18 May 2012 at 10:59 am (3 years ago)

      I had to do something after feeling so intimated by your recent pasta making abilities :) hehe.

      Reply
  2. Sarah
    18 May 2012 at 12:20 am (3 years ago)

    these look amazing! i’d love to try them someday!

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  3. Just A Smidgen
    18 May 2012 at 12:55 am (3 years ago)

    So pretty, Aimee! Well done! I’ve bought a torch for creme brulee, but I might just have to try this one first:)

    Reply
    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      18 May 2012 at 11:01 am (3 years ago)

      Ooo… they are so impressive! I’ve never used one but watched a friend recently crisp up the top of a creme brulee with one. You’ll have to post about it, hard to photograph though I bet!

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  4. Courtney
    18 May 2012 at 5:48 am (3 years ago)

    Very, very impressive, Aimee! I do not think I’m up for trying those yet – because I will both lose my nerve and burn myself. For sure.

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    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      18 May 2012 at 11:02 am (3 years ago)

      Tell you what, these are a hell of a lot easier then a layar cake! And to be fair, I do burn myself a lot, not just with this dish ;)

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  5. Kristy
    18 May 2012 at 9:00 am (3 years ago)

    I love your writing Aimee. Makes me smile every time! These are darn impressive! Love the color of the final caramel, and the reminder not to put my finger in!

    Reply
    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      18 May 2012 at 11:03 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Kristy! It’s so temping to put your finger in, you’d want to warn your little ones too! It’s just too tempting…

      Reply
  6. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    19 May 2012 at 2:28 am (3 years ago)

    So very glad you pointed out the reflection in the spoon. It’s very cool. These creme caramels look so luscious. I am salivating. But we call them different things, I call them Flan and you call them Creme Caramels. Tomayto, tomahto. So gorgeous, you did a fantastic job on these Aimee! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  7. Mary
    23 May 2012 at 11:34 pm (3 years ago)

    I initially thought these would be creme brulees, but I understand the difference now. (I love that Google! ha ha) These sound great. Not sure I’d be ambitious enough to make them for a dinner party, but I bet they were impressive!

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  8. Amy @ Elephant Eats
    29 May 2012 at 10:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Ah, I love a good make-ahead, but impressive-looking recipe! These look amazing. Great job! (I’ve totally touched hot sugar…or maybe tried licking it, but who’s to say)

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