White Chocolate Creme Brulee with Strawberry

Is it a bad sign that the moment I see a work of utter perfection, my immediate instinct is to wreck it? Well, not wreck it—just mess it up a little. Case in point: White Chocolate Creme Brulee. Its beautiful top of crispy, caramelized brown sugar is a piece of mastery.

White Chocolate Strawberry Creme BruleeAnd what do I want to do with fine artistry?

White Chocolate Creme Brulee BOOM. That’s me, sinking my spoon right into our immaculate little ramekin of White Chocolate Creme Brulee. The surface crackles and the sugar shatters. I esteem this moment as one of life’s sublime pleasures. Could I have been French in another life?

White Chocolate Strawberry Creme Brulee. Recipe for romance.

My penchant for wine, small dogs, and fine chocolates would say yes. My habit of spewing my emotions with all the discretion of busted fire hydrant would say no. (Culturally, the French are judiciousness in sharing their private lives.)

Plus, the first thought of any self-respecting French woman upon viewing this masterful sandcastle surely wouldn’t be: “Let’s stomp all over it!” She also probably wouldn’t have to physically restrain herself from swiping her index finger across the mirror-smooth frosting of every wedding cake she approaches.

I am, however, quite confident that this same French woman would love cracking through the surface of White Chocolate Creme Brulee. I mean, wouldn’t you?
White Chocolate Strawberry Creme Brulee. No blow torch required!

White Chocolate Creme Brulee is a velvety, indulgent dessert that looks restaurant fancy but is surprisingly simple to make. We’re following Custard 101, with a white chocolate twist: heat cream and white chocolate together on the stove, then slowly whisk it into egg yolks and strain. Bada bing, bada boom. White chocolate custard complete.

Next comes the strawberry, one of my favorite flavor combinations with white chocolate. Just before pouring the custard into the ramekins, we spread a bit of strawberry jam onto the bottom each. It’s our sweet secret, waiting to discovered with the first creamy spoonful.

Last (and oh so fun!) comes brulee portion of the program. We sprinkle our White Chocolate Creme Brulee with a generous dusting of sugar (I used dark brown because I’m a sucker for its amped-up caramely flavor, but granulated sugar is more traditional), fire up our kitchen torches (or turn on the broiler), and weld White Chocolate Creme Brulee’s crispy crunchy sugar crown. Watching the loose sugar sputter and solidify into a sheet of caramel wonder is a total rush. I’m not sure if actual metal work is this satisfying, but if yes, I may consider a second career in blacksmithing.

White Chocolate Creme Brulee with StrawberryUnless there’s an opening for a professional creme brulee-torcher. If yes, I’m your girl, and my preferred method of payment is custard.

White Chocolate Creme Brulee is the ideal dessert for dinner parties and special occasions (ahem, Valentine’s Day), because the custard (baked or unbaked) can be made up to two days in advance. Also, your guests will forever speak of you with awe if you brulee the sugar at the table.

To help kindle the fire of creme brulee dreams, I’m giving away a complete creme brulee set! It includes four individually sized ramekins and a kitchen torch. I have this exact set and love it. The ramekins are nicely sized and the torch is easy to use. Plus, if you bake White Chocolate Creme Brulee for your Valentine, each person will have a two, and spare creme brulee is always a good move.

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White Chocolate Creme Brulee with Strawberry is velvety with just he right amount of sweet, and it’s brown sugar caramelized top is almost too perfect to touch. Thank goodness perfection begs to be demolished!

White Chocolate Creme Brulee with Strawberry

Velvety White Chocolate Crème Brûlée with a thin layer of strawberry jam at the bottom for a sweet surprise. This velvety dessert is perfect for dinner parties and special occasions. This White Chocolate Crème Brûlée recipe can be made up to two days in advance, with or without a kitchen torch.

Yield: 4, 4-ounce servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 24 hours, 10 minutes


  • 4 teaspoons strawberry jam
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons dark brown sugar


  1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 200 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat. Place four, 4-ounce ramekins on the baking sheet, and spoon 1 teaspoon of strawberry jam into each. Spread the jam across the bottom, but don’t worry about it being perfectly distributed.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and 2 tablespoons sugar. Set aside.
  3. In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, bring the cream and milk to a simmer. Do not let the mixture boil. Reduce heat to low. Gradually add the chopped white chocolate and whisk until smooth.
  4. With a ladle or small spoon, slowly add the hot cream mixture to yolk mixture a little at a time, whisking constantly until all of the cream is added (adding the cream slowly will prevent the eggs from scrambling.) Whisk in vanilla. Rap the bowl on the counter a few times to remove the bubbles, then skim off of the foam. (Any foam that is not skimmed will be visible in the final crème brûlée.) Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a large measuring cup for easy pouring. Gently pour the custard into the prepared ramekins until it comes nearly to the top. Carefully slide the baking pan into the oven. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until the custards are just set in the center. (They should jiggle just a little when the sides of the dish are tapped.) Remove from oven and transfer ramekins to a wire rack to cool for 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until the custards are well chilled, at least 4 hours or up to two days.
  5. When ready to bake: Sprinkle the top of each custard with 1 tablespoon brown sugar. If using a kitchen torch, heat sugar with the torch until caramelized. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 hour. If broiling the custards, set oven rack in the second-highest position and turn broiler to high. Broil for 2-5 minutes, or until sugar is caramelized. Watch carefully to ensure the sugar does not burn. Serve immediately or chill and serve within a few hours.
Unbaked custard can be covered and refrigerated up to two days; baked (but un-torched) custard can also be stored for up to two days (but only do one or the other.) Once bruleed, custards can be refrigerated for a few hours, but the sugar will not be as crackly.

PotsandPans.com graciously provided me with the same creme brulee kit offered for this giveaway. No other compensation was received and as always, all opinions are my own.

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About Erin Clarke

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  1. I literally just asked my husband the other day if I could get a kitchen torch, you know, just in case I ever needed one. He didn’t think that was very practical. Men.
    Then you post this, and I need a kitchen torch. AND I can win one? Thanks girl!
    These look fab….totally with you on wanting to destroy all thing perfection. Especially perfectly frosted Wedding cakes.

  2. Hi Hun, you rock!!! My favorite .valentines recipe has to be good old chocolate cupcakes with white frosting and sprinkles of all different red colors…to celebrate the occasion of course! Yummy, and so fun for the kiddos!

  3. I love a good chocolate cheesecake!

  4. Elizabeth Jenkins Reply

    Anything chocolate but especially a flourless chocolate cake for two!

  5. I LOVE bread pudding! So many different ways to make it!

  6. Actually, creme brûlée would be the perfect dessert. But it must be warm, not cold. My first ever creme brûlée was warm and it set the standard forever. I don’t have a torch and would love one!

  7. A local bakery has a chocolate cake that is covered with white chocolate shavings that us our special occasions treat

  8. My favorite dessert has to be fruit tarts…especially ones with blueberries.

  9. Chocolate covered strawberries are my favorite.

  10. Oh my goodness – first the recipe for this decadent creme brulee (which I simply cannot look at any longer without ending up licking my screen), and then this amazing giveaway! Thank you Erin!

  11. Favorite valentines day dessert would have to be chocolate and strawberry cake!

  12. cheesecake with strawberry topping

  13. I love crème brulee or tiramasu

  14. My favorite Valentine’s Day Dessert is cheesecake or tiramisu

  15. Perfect for Valentines Day!! Love this!

  16. i have the exact same torch and have used it couple times. this is just perfect giveaway too :)

  17. Chocolate anything!

  18. Favorite Valentine’s Day dessert is red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting!

  19. Omg… This looks amazing and it’s been ages since I had cream brûlée !! Usually one of my favorites is carrot cake, but to be honest it’s so hard to choose, there’s so many good desserts !!!

    • It IS hard to choose Linda! Whenever we go out to eat and order dessert, I need to spend a serious time with the dessert menu, and have the worst time picking just one! I love carrot cake as well, but it sounds like it’s time for crème brûlée to come back into your life :-)

  20. Chocolate mousse

  21. it’s definitely creme brulee.

  22. I don’t have enough creme brulee in my life. That needs to change!

  23. a gooey lava cake

  24. Crème brûlée really is my favorite dessert of all time — provided it is made well, with a crunchy, but not scorched, top and an ice-cold custard.

  25. I love creme brulee torches. So so fun! I think my favorite Vday dessert is something simple like chocolate covered strawberries or deep, rich, fudgey brownies. Mmmm! Tasty!

  26. flourless chocolate cake is our favorite Valentine’s dessert.

  27. I love a velvety chocolate cake with strawberry mousse filling & chocolate buttercream. Or lemon cheesecake with strawberries. Or…… :)

  28. Oh how I love creme brulee! It’s even funner to make yourself. A mini blow torch can make you feel like a superhero. My favorite Valentine dessert is anything red velvet. Thanks for the giveaway Erin!

  29. I have made my children many heart shaped chocolate chip cookies.

  30. I love a good creme brulee or a dark chocolate mousse, or both! =D

  31. Diane Siniscalchi Reply

    I love chocolate cake filled and frosted with chocolate mousse and enrobed in chocolate ganache. Did I tell you I love chocolate, Erin? Lol. Your Strawberry Creme Brulee would definitely be a winner with my son Steven. His eyes would light up!

  32. Ironically, my favorite Valentine’s Day dessert is Crème Brulee! It’s something I dont’ get very often either so it’s always extra special :)

    • Michelle, you sound like a woman after my own heart. This must be the perfect post for you :-) Crème brûlée is definitely special. As much as I want to make it every night, saving it for a celebratory treat makes it even more enjoyable.

  33. Crème brulee is just the epitome of decadence! You are so darn creative because white chocolate is the most perfect addition to crème brulee I can think of right now. Wow, these are gorgeous! Especially with the strawberries!

  34. Oh, I love the idea of spreading some strawberry jam on the bottom of the ramekins! What a good idea. This creme brulee looks perfect. :)

  35. Creme brulee is on my bucket list! I just love it. And I definitely need a kitchen torch. ;)

  36. Fave valentine’s day dessert? Ummm…it would unoriginal if I chose creme brulee ;). Chocolate lava cake.

  37. This creme brûlée is gorgeous and I LOVE THEM.

  38. Wow, this creme brulee looks and sounds amazing!! My favorite Valentine’s Day dessert is pretty much anything involving dark chocolate!!

  39. Creme brulee is a good one! But I also love a good bread pudding too.

  40. I love chocolate dipped strawberries! A classic =)

    • SO classic Chelsea! I can’t believe Valentine’s Day is this close, and I nearly forgot about them. Hmmmm… Sounds like the perfect Valentine’s Day present to myself ;-)

  41. I love creme brulee so so much! I almost always order it when it’s an option, but I’ve never attempted to make it.
    Too bad the giveaway is just in the US, could do with a creme brulee set!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

    • Bummer Teffy! Sorry this giveaway isn’t an option for you :-( Maybe you can treat yourself to a kitchen torch for Valentine’s Day? Broiling in the oven works well too! Creme brûlée used to be something that I only ordered out too, but now that I have the process down, I’m loving playing with different flavors at home.

  42. I have still yet to make creme brulee. My good friend got a torch last year for Christmas and made it for me. So cool. On my waitlist to buy. :)
    I’d have to go with a decadent frosted brownie.

  43. Creme Brulee is always a winner. My choice would be Raspberry Napoleans. xoxo

  44. cheesecake! Because it’s my husbands favorite and I really really really like it :) lol

  45. My favorite dessert is white cake with white frosting!

  46. I don’t have a favorite. . too many to name. . maybe a chocolate tart? anything that involves chocolate!!

  47. Blood Orange Panna Cotta

  48. There is a restaurant around us tht makes a cappuccino panna cotta with ganache that is to die for! That’s my favorite and I’m working on replicating it for us!

  49. I love any creme brulee but I have to say my favorite for Valentine’s Day is Coconut Creme Brulee! Even though I am single this year I still love Valentine’s Day!!!

  50. Did you know creme brulee is Alex’s favorite dessert ever? Shh, don’t tell him, but I’m making it for us for Vday. True story! And I’m gonna want to SMASH all the crunchy topping. But this? I can’t even handle the strawberry jam twist. Ohhhhhhh, lawdy.

  51. There’s no stopping me from cracking through that gorgeous, sugary crust. Creme brûlée is a favorite of mine, so I’m all over this one. Pinned.

  52. My favorite dessert is brownies, with icecream, chocolate sauce and whipped cream

  53. I think I just found my ” new fav”. Thanks Erin for sharing!!!! Love all your hard work and sense of humor!

  54. favorite is chocolate truffles–plain and simple

  55. My favorite Valentine’s Day dessert is American Beauty Cake…yum.

  56. My favorite has to be chocolate chocolate chip scones. Unless maybe it’s brownies.

  57. Favorite is NY cheesecake with raspberry sauce. But this creme brulee may make me change my mind!

  58. Creme Brulee is actually my all time favorite dessert. I also love bananas foster!

  59. Um whaaaat!? This is so fancy! I want it for V-day… but also right now :)

  60. ~great variation of one of my favorite desserts!…pinned it to my Valentine’s board

  61. This recipe yells romance. It’s perfect for valentines days!

  62. Spare creme brulee is always a good move! Especially if my husband is around! :)
    One of my favorite V-day desserts is something loaded with chocolate, because it’s one of the few times that I can get my husband to eat rich chocolate!

  63. Hi lovely Erin! Wow! This looks so good. I don’t blame you for wrecking it ;-) This is my sister’s favorite dessert so I’ll be making this soon!

  64. my favorite valentine’s day dessert would have to be brownies. fudgy, chewy, chocolaty brownies! :) though this creme brulee would not be turned down either!

  65. My favorite Valentine’s Day dessert would have to be red velvet cake. It is sexy, Valentines-y, and yummy! The cream cheese icing is the winner here too. I’m doing your creme brulee this year though (I did a GF red velvet last year). Creme brulee is naturally gluten free so should be much easier!

  66. Chocolate covered cherries are classic Valentine’s Dat treats

  67. Simple and delicious, strawberries dipped in chocolate.

  68. Ever since I saw you got the blow torch I’ve been waiting for a post like this! I love that you chose white chocolate and strawberries for creme brulee, two of my favorites! It’s so hard to pick one Valentine’s dessert I prefer to stuff myself with several. Cake, something with strawberries, and chocolate must all be involved!

  69. Tiramisu!

  70. Chocolate mousse

  71. A local bakery makes this cake called “The Bomb” It is so good! It’s chocolate flourless cake filled with chocolate mousse and covered with chocolate glaze…I get is every year.

  72. My favorite valentine dessert is cheesecake, but then again favorite dessert at anytime is cheesecake. ;-)

  73. I love creme brulee. But my favorite dessert is my mom’s apple cake. Thanks. Vicki.

  74. chocolate raspberry cheesecake oh wow yummy

  75. my fav is choc strawberries

  76. Tiramisu! There’s just something so special about it :)

  77. Chocolate mousse!

  78. My favorite Valentine’s Day dessert is bananas foster

  79. I almost always make homemade fudge for Valentines Day! But last year my hubs brought home a cookie pie from Mrs Fields. Delish!

    Cori Westphal
    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  80. Creme Brulee is my all time favorite dessert!!!!! But I usually make cheese cake because my husband likes it.

  81. huntfortheverybest Reply

    it looks delicious!

  82. cheesecake is my favorite valentines day or any day dessert.

  83. Banana cream pie is my favorite Valentine’s Day or any day dessert

  84. My favorite is the chocolate creme burlee.

  85. My favorites are carrot cake, cheesecake or strawberries with sour cream and brown sugar.

  86. I adore creme brulee, and have been meaning to make a white chocolate version for a while now — yours looks so good! I remember the first time I ever made creme brulee, I went out and bought a torch from the hardware store… I managed to get a decent brulee without burning the house down, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. Now I have one of those little kitchen torches and I use it all the time (I may be a little obsessed with toasting homemade marshmallows over my hot cocoa). Definitely one of my favorite kitchen tools! :)

    • Willow, you inspired me to torch the mallow in my hot chocolate tonight. I must confess, it wasn’t a homemade mallow, so I can’t even imagine how much more fabulous that would be. Mad props for using a real blow torch. You are a kitchen rebel warrior!

  87. My favorite valentines day dessert is chocolate covered strawbs.

  88. My favorite Valentines Day dessert is chocolate covered strawberries, though I adore Creme Brulee also!

  89. A big box of maple-walnut fudge

  90. Chocolates are my favorite!

  91. creme brulee is my hands down favorite dessert for any occasion!

  92. If creme brulee is on the menu, I’m ordering it. Definitely my favorite fancy dessert (apple crisp is my favorite not fancy dessert). The most unusual variety I’ve had…blue cheese creme brulee.

  93. I love to make a big cookie cake, especially chocolate chip. They’re so fun to decorate!

  94. Chocolate Cake with chocolate ganache frosting

  95. Favorite dessert has to be lava cake with ice cream!! Love the combo of warm liquidy chocolate with the cold of ice cream.

  96. I need a kitchen torch so bad! Thanks for the giveaway Erin!

  97. Wow..fave dessert is hard to come up with…LOL..I have many…but, in honor of Valentines..I am making a beautiful Marshmallow Fluff Cake with layers of Strawberries..the top is adorned (covered) with chocolate dipped whole strawberries and dark chocolate swirls to contrast with the white fluff icing..so pretty and delish!…I have needed new ramekins for a long time..love these with the torch too..thanks

  98. I like to make a Death by Chocolate Brownie for Valentine’s Day! It’s one of my husband’s favorites along with Creme Brûlée, but we have neither the dishes or torch, so we just wait to have to out or at my brother’s!

  99. Chocolate Souffles are our go-to dessert. There are few things my husband and I enjoy more than parking our chairs in front of the oven and watching the souffles rise as they cook. It is such a beautiful and peaceful 20 minutes. It sounds corny, but my husband is also a full-time student, so these little moments are so much fun :)

    Kate @ sunnylikemyrainboots.com

    • Kate, thank you so much for sharing that adorable story about you and your husband! I love it! I’ve never tried making a chocolate souffle, but now I’m feeling inspired :)

  100. Flatlander in VT Reply

    This year I’m trying the King Arthur Flour recipe for chocolate truffle torte. Other than that I usually go with chocolate coma cake :)

  101. Flatlander in VT Reply

    Its a chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and chocolate cream cheese frosting. My husband requested a chocolate birthday cake that was ‘so rich you can’t eat a normal sized piece’ One of these days I’ll get around to actually writing up the recipe I used for it heh.

  102. Aaron loves creme brulee. I actually don’t like it at all (argh, can we still be friends?! *wince*) but it works out well as he’ll happily eat my portion! But then again, this one looks ah-mazing Erin!! AS for chocolate desserts, Aaron’s favourite is a sunken chocolate cake that I made for a shared dinner with friends, just before we started dating… he sat wide-eyed and scraped all the extra molten chocolate off the plate into his bowl. Perhaps that’s why we got married.. ha! x

    • We can absolutely still be friends Laura! This just means we will have to order two desserts when we go out. No wonder Aaron married you—that cake sounds like it could steal anyone’s heart!

  103. Chocolate covered strawberries – MMMMM

  104. consuelohoneyandfigs Reply

    Did you say white chocolate creme brulee?? Oh My – This is absolutely dessert perfection!! I want to destroy that crispy caramelised top with my spoon as well. How did you get this to look so nice?? ;–)

    • Not devouring all four of these guys immediately after I torched them was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done as a blogger! Let’s just say the bite that is on the spoon in a few of the pictures didn’t last long ;-)

  105. Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting is my favorite dessert. Anything chocolate makes me happy!

  106. cheesecake! or chocolate dipped strawberries… total classics!

  107. Chocolate dipped strawberries! Hand fed to me, BITE BY BITE!

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  109. I love strawberry cake with a cream cheese icing. Yum!

  110. Creme Brulee has been my favorite dessert since I was a child and I’d love to have it on Valentine’s Day.

  111. i love cheesecake on valentine’s day!

  112. I love a traditional heart shaped cake for Valentine’s Day.

  113. Chocolate Souffle at my favorite restaurant.

  114. I love chocolate fudge on valentine’s!

  115. Mmm, chocolate-covered strawberries!

  116. It’s completely a tie between tiramisu and creme brulee.

    • Danielle, when my husband and I go out to eat, I love ordering tiramisu and usually try to convince him to get crème brûlée. That way I can taste both. They are two of my favorites too!

  117. I like Strawberries dipped in chocolate.

  118. Looks delicious

  119. I’m comfortable with custard, but I’ve always made creme brulee using the broiler. I’d love to learn to use a proper kitchen torch. In any case, I’m definitely trying this recipe!

  120. I make cookie bouquets!!!

  121. Chocolate covered strawberries!! Or chocolate fondue!! A once-a-year treat.

  122. My husbands birthday is the 12th, he will be working and the kids have after school activities that will keep us out till about 8 pm, so Vday and his birthday equal his favorite sweets into a dessert. Chocolate cupcakes with Peanut butter filling! Fingers crossed!!!

  123. I love anything chocolate! This year is chocolate fondue. :)

  124. Oh my favorite is homemade Strawberry shortcake topped with milk chocolate whipped cream and White Chocolate covered Strawberries.

  125. Your Creme Brulee looks great! :-) I love Crème Brulee but my wife likes it more than I do so I make it a lot for her!

    I am glad I found your site, you have a great site, lots of wonderful recipes and photographs too!

    Michael :-)
    Check out my site, recent post is my Valentine Cheesecake with strawberry topping. Also check out my Crème Brulee!

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  129. Peggy Jo Vilberg Reply

    Hi, This looks really delicious.  I’m making it with seedless raspberry jam instead of strawberry.  You don’t have to post this, but I’m confused a little with your recipe.  You have 2 tablespoons granulated sugar in the ingredients, but you have two different places to add sugar.  2. …whisk together the egg yolks and 2 tablespoons sugar; and 3. .. bring the cream milk, and granulated sugar to simmer …

    So, should it actually be 4 tablespoons granulated sugar, or am I misreading it?  It looks like you use all 4 tablespoons of the dark brown sugar for the tops, so I didn’t think it was that.


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