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Crème Brûlée Tart

Serves 8

4.58 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs 50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French



  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 4 egg yolks

Custard Filling

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vailla bean paste



  • Add the flour, vanilla extract and powdered sugar to the bowl of a food processor and blitz for 20 seconds to combine. Add the butter and pulse until you reach lentil sized pieces. Add the egg yolks and blitz until small clumps of dough form.
  • Turn the crumbly mixture out your workbench and bunch it together (without kneading). Form a rough disc shape and then wrap in plastic. Chill for 60 minutes in the fridge.
  • Preheat your oven to 180°C / 355°F.
  • Dust your workbench with flour and use a rolling pin to roll out to 14 inches wide. Carefully roll over the rolling pin and then transfer and unroll over a 9-inch tart tin with removable bottom. Carefully lift the dough over the tart to allow it to naturally fall into the corns of the tart. You don’t want to stretch it or it will shrink as it bakes and become uneven. Discard excess dough.
  • Place the pie tin on a baking tray. Scrunch up a large piece of baking paper and then un-scrunch it. Place on the inside of the tart tin. Fill with baking beads. I used dried chickpeas. Bake for 15 minutes. Then take it out of the oven, carefully lift out the beads using the baking paper and bake on 150°C / 300°F for a further 10 minutes. Once baked, allow to cool completely. Leave the oven on for the second baking with the filling.

Custard Filling

  • Add the milk and cream to a heatproof jug or bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • To a large mixing bowl, add the egg yolks, eggs, brown sugar and vanilla bean paste and whisk.
  • Slowly add the warm milk mixture and whisk until well combined.
  • Pour into the tart shell over a sieve and bake for30-35 minutes. It will still be slightly jiggly in the center. Allow to cool completely.
  • To finish, sprinkle the caster sugar on top. Use a kitchen torch to torch the sugar and turn it into toffee. Serve immediately.


Baked tart can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.
Making it ahead
You can make this dough three days ahead of time if wrapped tightly in plastic wrap.


Calories : 453kcal
Carbonhydrates: 41g
Protein: 8g
Fat: 29g
Saturated Fat: 16g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g
Monounsaturated Fat : 9g
Trans Fat : 1g
Cholesterol: 285mg
Sodium: 50mg
Potassium : 133mg
Fiber: 1g
Sugar : 22g
Vitamin A: 1115IU
Vitamin C: 1mg
Calcium: 90mg
Iron: 2mg
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