Cranberry-Orange Creme Brulee

Cranberry-Orange Creme Brulee

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 133.6
  • Total Fat: 6.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 106.6 mg
  • Sodium: 61.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 14.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.1 g
  • Protein: 5.1 g

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This creme brulee recipe is full of flavor, not fat. The cranberry-orange combo is perfect balance of tart and sweet. This creme brulee recipe is full of flavor, not fat. The cranberry-orange combo is perfect balance of tart and sweet.
Number of Servings: 8


    Cranberry Compote:
    2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
    1 orange, zested and juiced(divided)
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1/2 cup water

    1 cup skim milk
    1 cup half and half
    4 whole eggs
    1/4 cup sugar

    Sugar crust:
    4 teaspoons sugar


Follow this recipe as written--custards are tricky, and eliminating ingredients or making swaps could yield a rubbery texture.


1. Prepare the cranberry compote.

2. Place the cranberries, 1 tablespoon of the orange zest, the sugar and water in saucepan set over moderate heat. Simmer for 15 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool.

3. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

4. Place the milk, half and half, and two teaspoons of orange zest in a small saucepan set over moderate heat, and bring to a simmer.

5. While the dairy mixture is heating up, whisk together the eggs, one tablespoon of orange juice, and sugar in a medium bowl.

6. When the dairy mixture reaches a simmer, remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh strainer into egg mixture, whisking to combine.

7. Place 2 tablespoons of compote into the bottom of 8 ramekins or small, ovenproof teacups.

8. Carefully pour 1/2 cup of custard over the compote in each dish. Fill a large baking pan (9x13") or two medium size pans 1/3 way up with hot water to create a water bath (often called a bain-marie). Set the filled cups into the baking pans. Bake 26-28 minutes, until the custard is slightly set around the sides of the dishes. Remove the pan(s) from the oven and transfer to a sheet tray. Once the dishes are slightly cooled, cover each one with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 4 hours and up to 2 days.

NOTE: Allow the ramekins to come to room temperature before placing under the broiler.

Sprinkle each cup with 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. Place under the broiler with the door ajar (timing will vary greatly by variety of oven, distance from the heat, etc.) or use a kitchen torch to brown sugar. Cool slightly before serving.

Makes 8 servings, 1/2 cup custard and 2 T compote each.

Member Ratings For This Recipe

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    Very Good
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    What a treat! Creme Brulee is my favorite dessert and in fact we try it at different restaurants. In New Orleans found 3 mega winners. Chef Meg has captured the flavor and texture while lowering the calories and carbs. GREAT JOB! - 12/7/11

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    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Made this today. I loved it, and will make again for company. I did not have half and half so just used 1% milk. Delicious. - 11/14/12

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    Very Good
    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Very good. I made it with frozen strawberries since cranberries were out of season. Took much longer to cook than listed, but other than that, great recipe. Very delicious! - 3/15/12

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    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Wow! this is the easiest ,most fool proof creme brulee I've ever made. Thank you Chef Meg. - 11/14/11

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    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    at first i thought to much work . I will not like this . but after completing the task i love it . - 10/26/12