Monday, July 18, 2011

Secret Recipe Club: Chai Tea Creme Brulee

This is the first time I am taking part in Amanda's Cookin' Secret Recipe Club. This is a blog task in which we are challenged to choose a recipe from an assigned blog we are given. 

I was given the delightful opportunity to be given the blog of  Carolyn's,  All Day I Dream About Food. After being diagnosed with pre-diabetes, she took on the role of sharing with the world many fabulous recipes that are low carb and/or gluten free.

After much browsing through Carolyn's blog and drooling all over my computer (yes, her blog is truly drool worthy!) I chose to recreate her Chai Tea Creme Brulee.  I've tried making creme brulee once before and it was a massive failure.  Still, it is one of the recipes I chose to make before I die ( see that post here) and her recipe would give me the opportunity to have a success this time... plus it gave me the chance to use some of my cherished black tea that I brought home from Africa.  While Carolyn's original recipe includes erythritol and stevia, I adjusted the recipe to use regular sugar as I was unable to find erythritol.

Chai Tea Creme Brulee
adapted from here at All Day I Dream About Food
1 3/4 cups heavy cream
1 tbsp loose black tea
1 cinnamon stick (or 1 tsp ground cinnamon)
1 tsp coarsely ground cardamom seeds
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground cloves
4 egg yolks
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tablespoon raw sugar


Preheat oven to 300F.
Heat cream, tea, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and cloves in a small saucepan over medium low heat, until steam rises. Remove from heat, cover the pan and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer to remove all solids and set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat egg yolks and 1/4 cup of granulated sugar together until thickened and pale yellow. Add cream very slowly, stirring continuously. Add in vanilla.

Divide custard between 4 small ramekins (or a single one-quart ceramic or glass baking dish). Set into a larger baking pan and pour hot water to within 1-inch from top of ramekins or baking dish.


Bake until the custard is just set but still slightly wobbly in the middle, 40-45 minutes. Remove baking pan from the oven and let cool. Then wrap each ramekin tightly in plastic and chill for at least 2 hours.

Just before serving, divide raw sugar over tops of creme brulee, sprinkling across the top evenly. Heat with a kitchen torch until it bubbles and browns. Let sit for a few minutes to allow topping to harden. You can also brown the topping under your broiler, watching very carefully and turning the cups to ensure even browning.



  1. Oh yay! Glad you liked them, and glad you subbed in sugar if you don't have my issues. They look great.

  2. These look really good! I'm always up for new flavors of creme brulee. Found you from the SRC!

  3. Great job! The brulees look fabulous. I have been on a chai kick lately and these would be great to add to my recipe collection!

  4. I absolutely adore creme brulee and chai tea, I am going to add these to my list of must makes!

  5. Now who could resist these creme brulees. I love chai spice.
    So fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. This looks amazing :)

  6. My son loves creme brûlée. Love the chai flavor here and sure he would too!

  7. Creme brulee is truly one of my favorite desserts! Love the infusion of chai tea in this - well done!

  8. The brulee intrigues me. I love chai and will have to give this a try.

  9. These look heavenly.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Holy Guacamole.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  10. I love chai. These look delicious. I am having a great time checking out everyone's SRC posts this month.

  11. Creme Brulee is one of my favorite desserts. This looks delicious. I love chai!

  12. That is why I LOVE Carolyn's blog and am a FOLLOWER. Her creations are truly crave worthy. If Chai is in a recipe title I am sold. This is no exception. Sounds and looks really delicious. Yummy! Great Secret Recipe Club selection.

  13. This looks fabulous. Nice work on the Secret Recipe Club. Isn't it fun. I love finding new blogs and reading through them.

  14. Love Chai, love creme brulee, I'm sold!! Great job in the club and glad to be following..

  15. Chai tea sounds like a great flavor for creme brulee - yum!

  16. What a great recipe, so glad you enjoyed playing along in the SRC!