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Butter Pecan Creme Brûlée - A Simple Yet Decadent Dessert

Updated: Jul 23, 2019

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire...” - Unknown

Creme brûlée is so simple to make to be so decadent. I’m always going to be a fan of the original, but it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t add something #extra to make it more bourgeois. I’ve added a slight change or two to account for the serving size so that I could accommodate my date night at home, party of two, but by adding the candied pecans, I think I just did a thing!

This recipe was provided by Nancy Fuller @fullerfarmer on the Food Network’s website, I’ve included the full recipe linked below:


2 cups heavy cream

3 large egg yolks 

1/2 cup granulated sugar 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

2 tablespoons candied pecans

Directions from Nancy’s Recipe:

Special equipment:

Three 8-ounce custard dishes

Butane kitchen torch

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Bring the cream to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Remove from the heat.

Whisk together the egg yolks and granulated sugar in a medium bowl until they are pale yellow and thickened.

Whisk the warm cream into the egg mixture, a small amount at a time. Add the vanilla extract and whisk until mixed in. Pour the custard into six 8-ounce custard dishes.

Put the custard dishes in a deep baking dish. Pour in boiling water so that it comes halfway up the sides of the custard dishes. Bake until the custard is firm but still wiggles, about 40 minutes. Remove from the water bath and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour (I did overnight - APJ)

Here is where I differed from Nancy’s recipe:

Top each custard with a light, even layer of granulated sugar (you do not need a lot, just enough to evenly cover the custard) and use your butane kitchen torch to heat the top until the sugar melts and bubbles. Crush the candied pecans to your desired consistency. Top each custard with candied pecans and serve.

Butter pecan creme brûlée served with a tabletop fireplace? Definitely a win for date night in!

It warms my heart to have some quality time with loved ones, especially to make time during my busiest times with work and life. What’s your ideal date night in? Head to my insta @alexispjordan and let me know in the comments!

Photography by @debonairvisuals

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