Chef John's Creme Caramel Recipe

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Chef John's Creme Caramel
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  • cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup (scant) white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp orange cognac (such as grand marnier)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly spray 4 heatproof 6.5-oz. ramekins with vegetable spray. Place ramekins in a casserole dish.
  2. Place 1/2 cup sugar in a small, heavy, dry skillet over medium heat. When sugar begins to melt around the edges, gently shake the pan continually, swirling sugar around, until all the sugar melts; don't use utensils to stir. When sugar is completely melted and dark brown, remove the pan from heat.
  3. Quickly pour equal amounts of caramel syrup into the 4 prepared ramekins.
  4. Place 1 egg and 3 egg yolks in a bowl with a pinch of salt and 1/4 cup sugar. Whisk until sugar is dissolved and mixture becomes frothy, about 1 minute.
  5. Spoon the creme fraiche into the egg mixture; add the milk, vanilla, and Grand Marnier. Whisk together until ingredients are completely mixed.
  6. Ladle mixture into the prepared ramekins, filling them about 2/3 to 3/4 full.
  7. Fill casserole with hot tap water to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Place casserole on middle rack of preheated oven.
  8. Bake until just barely set, 45 to 50 minutes. You can start checking for doneness at about 40 minutes.
  9. Using tongs, remove the ramekins from the casserole to a cooling rack. When just slightly warm, run a sharp paring knife around the edge of each custard.
  10. To unmold, cover ramekin with a small plate, then invert. Chill before serving.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 196.63 Kcal (823 kJ)
Calories from fat 116.87 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.99g 20%
Cholesterol 195.49mg 65%
Sodium 243.35mg 10%
Potassium 118.51mg 3%
Total Carbs 10.85g 4%
Sugars 9.61g 38%
Protein 8.6g 17%
Iron 1mg 6%
Calcium 86.6mg 9%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 165.06 Kcal (691 kJ)
Calories from fat 98.1 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.9g 20%
Cholesterol 164.1mg 65%
Sodium 204.28mg 10%
Potassium 99.48mg 3%
Total Carbs 9.11g 4%
Sugars 8.07g 38%
Protein 7.22g 17%
Iron 0.8mg 6%
Calcium 72.7mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 5
  • 5

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

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