Orange Cardamom Creme Brulee

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Creme brulee is one of my favorite desserts. It's remarkably easy to prepare. This recipe is my favorite creme brulee - it's a classic combination of orange and cardamom flavors.


  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 cups / 500ml whipping cream
  • 4 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Grand Marnier (or Triple Sec)
  • 10-12 finely crushed cardamom seeds
  • Zest of 2 oranges, finely grated and small pieces of one orange
  • granulated white suger for caramelizing


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F / 160°C
  2. Whisk together sugar and egg yolks.
  3. Add cream, salt, vanilla and Grand Marnier. Stir well. Strain (important for a smooth creme!).
  4. Add orange zest and crushed cardamom
  5. Distribute orange pieces equally over 6 ramekins. Fill up each ramekin with the egg-and-cream mixture.
  6. Place ramekins in a water bath. Bake until the custard is set around the edges and still wiggly in the center, ca. 40-50 minutes.
  7. Remove from water bath, let cool, cover ramekins with aluminum foil and refrigerate for at least a 5-6 hours
  8. Sprinkle with sugar and caramelize under a broiler or with a kitchen torch

Yields 6 servings.

Based on a recipe in Debbie Puente – Elegantly Easy Creme Brulee: & Other Custard Desserts Elegantly Easy Creme Brulee: & Other Custard Desserts. My recipe adds the orange pieces and straining and uses more cardamom.


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