James Martin shows you how to make the creamiest creme brulee with the crispiest toffee top in his series James Martin's French Adventure.


  • 350ml double cream

  • 125ml milk

  • 2 vanilla pods, split and seeds scraped

  • 4 eggs

  • 4 egg yolks

  • 130g caster sugar


  • 1.

    Preheat the oven to 150°C/325°F/gas mark 3.

  • 2.

    In a saucepan, gently warm the cream and milk with the vanilla pods and seeds, then remove from the heat and leave to infuse and cool for about 20 minutes.

  • 3.

    In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and egg yolks with 50g of the sugar until smooth. Remove the vanilla pods from the pan, then whisk the infused cream mixture into the egg mixture.

  • 4.

    Pour into 8 ramekin dishes until nearly full. Sit the ramekins in a high-sided ovenproof dish and pour in enough warm water to come two-thirds of the way up the ramekins.

  • 5.

    Carefully transfer to the oven and cook for 30 minutes until just set. Remove the ramekins from the water bath, leave to cool and then chill in the fridge for an hour.

  • 6.

    To serve, sprinkle over the remaining 80g of caster sugar and blowtorch to form a crisp caramel. Alternatively, heat the grill to high and grill until the sugar is crisp and golden.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (8 servings)

  • Energy 280kj
  • Fat Total 20g
  • Saturated Fat 11g
  • Protein 5g
  • Carbohydrate 18g
  • Sugar 18g
  • Sodium 57mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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