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Orange Crème Brûlée

Orange Crème Brûlée
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The following recipe and photography is courtesy of Graham R. and his dog, Carl. For more of their delicious food ventures, visit them on Instagram @cookingwithcarrrl.

Do you like fire? Do you like orange creamsicles? If you answered yes to both of those, which I know did, you are in the right place. Crème Brûlée is well…the crème de le crème of desserts. It is rich, creamy and surprisingly only involves five simple ingredients, which you probably already have on hand. Today I’m kicking it up a notch with a citrusy twist…and I get to play with a torch!

You’ll find crème brûlée on the dessert menu of most fine dining establishments, but don’t let that intimidate you. Once you realize how easy it is to make, you’ll be cranking out five star desserts weekly.

Orange Crème Brûlée

We all know Heinen’s meat department holds a dear place in my heart, but their produce selection never disappoints! With citrus season here to stay, I am always keeping my eyes out for new and delicious fruits to try. Today I went with a classic, Cara Cara oranges! They are one of my favorites and go great with the vanilla cream of this dessert. You can try this recipe with tangerines, clementine’s, lemon or even grapefruit!

Now crack some eggs and bust out that whisk!

Orange Crème Brûlée

Orange Crème Brûlée


  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Mint, raspberries & orange slices, for serving


  1. Preheat your oven to 325˚F.
  2. Whisk together ¾ cup of sugar and egg yolks. Set aside.
  3. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. This will be for the water bath.
  4. Combine cream, salt and orange zest in a pot. Bring to a simmer and remove from heat. Stir in the vanilla.
  5. Take 1 cup of the warm cream and slowly pour it into the sugar and yolk mixture. Pour it in a steady stream and keep the whisk moving! If you add too much too fast, you can scramble the eggs and ruin this delicious cream. Add in the remaining cream in a slow stream, whisking the entire time.
  6. Place 5 ramekins in a baking pan that is 1-2 inches high. Pour the hot water in the baking pan until it comes halfway up the side of the ramekins.
  7. Fill each ramekin with the cream, leaving a half inch to the top. Bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Check the crème brûlée after 30 minutes. The center should barely be set.
  9. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack for an hour. After an hour, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
  10. After 3 hours, remove form the refrigerator and top with the remaining sugar.
  11. Using a kitchen torch, caramelize the sugar on top. Keep the torch moving so you don’t burn the sugar. If you don’t have adult supervision, use the oven broiler.
  12. Top with fresh berries, orange slices and a mint leaf. Crack that sugar and enjoy!

Orange Crème Brûlée

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Graham Russell

By Graham Russell

Graham Russell is half of the outdoor cooking duo behind CookingWithCarrrl. A true pairing of Beauty (Carl) & the Beast (Graham) – CookingWithCarrrl combines humor with easy-to-follow charcoal grilled/smoked recipes that the family will be sure to devour. Cooking with charcoal can be intimidating, but we are here to show you any dog can learn a new trick. Graham currently resides in Northeast, Ohio with his wife, two daughters, and dog, Carl.

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