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Easy Creme Brûlée

Easy Creme Brûlée is made with pudding mix and can be done with or without a torch. This easy recipe is no bake and no cook and done in just minutes!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pudding
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 317kcal
Author Dorothy Kern
Cost $5


  • Torch, optional


  • 1 box Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix 3.4 ounce size
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste see note
  • 4 tablespoons sugar


  • Whisk together pudding mix, milk and heavy whipping cream. Add vanilla bean paste and whisk until smooth. Pour into 4 creme brûlée dishes or small ramekins. Chill until set, about 30 minutes or up to overnight.
  • Torch method: sprinkle each dish with a tablespoon of sugar. Torch until browned being careful not to burn the sugar.
  • Oven method: preheat the broiler to high. Place ramekins on a cookie sheet and place them under the broiler (close to the flamfor just minute or two, watching the whole time, until sugar is browned.
  • Stove method: place 1/2 cup sugar in a small saucepan. Heat without stirring. Once it starts to turn to liquid, stir with a wooden spoon, being careful not to get it on the sides of the pan, until the sugar turns to crystals then to liquid again, and turns a light amber color. Drizzle some onto each creme brûlée. Note: this sugar hardens more than it does with the torch. Err on the light side of adding it to the top - you don’t need the entire amount but it’s hard to make less than 1/2 cup - and be cautious eating it.



If you don't have vanilla bean paste you can use vanilla extract (equal amounts). But if you can find vanilla bean paste it takes the recipe to the next level. You can find it on amazon or often at Ross or Marshall's or those sorts of stores in the food aisles.


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 781IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 104mg