• 100 g caster sugar plus 12 tsp extra for the topping
  • 6 medium egg yolks
  • 600 ml double cream
  • 1 vanilla pod, split in half lengthways and seeds scraped out


  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 150°C, fan 130°C, gas 2. Place the sugar and egg yolks in a large bowl and whisk until pale and fluffy.

  2. 2

    Pour the cream into a saucepan, then add the vanilla seeds and pod. Bring to the boil, then remove from the heat and discard the pod. Add to the egg mixture, whisking continuously, then strain through a fine sieve into a jug.

  3. 3

    Pour the mixture into 6 x 150ml ramekins, filling almost to the top. Place them in a deep roasting tin and pour in enough hot water to come halfway up the sides. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until just set but still a bit wobbly in the middle. Remove from the water and leave to cool, then chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours.

  4. 4

    Before serving, preheat the grill to hot. Sprinkle the top of each custard with 1 teaspoon sugar, then place under the grill to caramelise. When a thin layer of caramel forms, sprinkle on the remaining 6 teaspoons sugar and grill again to form a thick, crunchy layer. Serve when the tops have cooled and hardened.

Nutritional Details

Each serving provides
  • Energy 2361kj 564kcal 28%
  • Fat 52.7g 75%
  • Saturates 31.1g 156%
  • Sugars 17.8g 20%
  • Salt 0.5g 8%

% of the Reference Intakes

Typical values per 100g: Energy 1750kj/418kcal

Each serving provides

17.8g carbohydrate 0.5g fibre 4.5g protein

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