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Maple Crème Brulée


This could be your stand out dessert recipe for the year. Your “hero” dessert. The one dinner guests and family members ask for over and over again. This dessert, like any great creme brulee is best paired with fruit. We added maple syrup for a bit of Coombs Family Farms character.  A wonderful, charming, always have me around or thinking about having me around character.

Maple Crème Brulée


  • 1 pint of heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup Coombs Family Farms pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 strawberries, sliced
  • 8 blackberries
  • 8 raspberries


Preheat oven to 250 F. In a non-reactive heavy bottom pot, bring cream and vanilla to a boil. Remove from heat. In a medium stainless steel bowl, whisk the egg yolks, maple syrup and salt. With a small ladle, slowly add 2/3 of the hot cream mixture and whisk until the bowl is the same temperature as the remaining cream. Pour this mixture back into the remaining heavy cream and beat.  Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Fill ramekins (an individual baking dish) full. Bake in a warm water bath* for 45 minutes.

Remove ramekins from the water bath and place onto a clean sheet pan.  Let rest for 45 minutes and then refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours.  To finish the custard, place 2 Tbsp of sugar on top of each custard and use a blowtorch over the top to caramelize the sugar until golden. You could also put it under the broiler briefly. Watch carefully so the custard doesn’t burn.  Decorate the top of each creme brulée with berries.

* To create a water bath, place ramekins in 2” baking pan. Place on oven rack and fill the pan with water until it reaches approximately 2/3 up the sides of the ramekin.

Photo of ramekin with fruit by Tracy Weston.