Fancy names intimidate me – amuse bouche, crème anglaise, sesquipedalian, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious…

The older ladies in Church also intimidate me – “Oh my, her child needs an extra sweater!”, “Isn’t she married? Her husband is never with her!” ;) 

On the other hand, Louboutin’s price used to intimidate me until I put them on…

Crème brulee intimidated me until a few years ago when I first I made it…

And, the older ladies at Church…well…they will continue to intimidate me probably up until I reach their age and start to gossip just like them. Can’t wait! ;)


But about this delicious Caramel & Coffee-Infused Creme Brulee

This is the crème de la crème. (pun intended) There’s coffee and caramel in there! It’s marvelous!

This gem came about after my Mom asked me to make her my coffee-infused crème brulee.  Good timing on her part because I had just made a couple of batches of macarons so I was left with a number of egg yolks and some caramel filling.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to fit in the caramel, and if it was going to work, but it doesn’t hurt to try.

Thank goodness I went with the idea. It was SO.GOOD.

Caramel & Coffee-Infused Crème Brulee

(serves 4 large servings)

Psssst… don’t worry about a torch… you don’t need one. Unless you already have one, then go for it!

You will need:

For the Coffee:

  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons dark-roast coffee grounds (I use Folgers Dark Roast)

For the Custard:

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup caramel sauce
  • Boiled water
  • 4 teaspoons raw sugar


For the Coffee:

  • In a small saucepan pour in the whipping cream and the coffee; bring to a simmer and remove from heat. Cover and let steep for about 30 minutes.

For the Custard:

  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • In a large bowl whisk the yolks, sugar, and salt until well blended; set aside.


  • Pour the caramel sauce in a separate bowl and add in  1 1/2 cups of whipping cream.
  • Strain the coffee-infused cream into the caramel cream; throw away the coffee grounds.

  • Slowly whisk the cream mixture into the egg mixture. Whisk until well combined.
  • Arrange 4 (6 oz.) ramekins in a roasting pan.
  • Divide the cream mixture among all the ramekins.
  • Pour enough boiled water (about 5 to 6 cups) to the roasting pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins.

  • Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  • When done, put the ramekins into the refrigerator for 40 minutes.
  • Preheat the broiler.
  • Take out the ramekins and sprinkle the top of each custard with a teaspoon of raw sugar.
  • Put the ramekins on a baking sheet and broil for 2 minutes, or until the sugar is melted and browned.
  • Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.
  • Serve cold.


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  1. A_Boleyn January 23, 2013 at 2:11 PM - Reply

    I came over from Kristy’s blog, “Eat, Play Love” due to your mentioning you’re Macedonian. As I’m a Romanian from Yugoslavia, I thought we might share some dishes so I was curious to check out your blog.

    I’m especially looking for recipe/instructions for the dough to make strudel, bourek or maznik. My one and only attempt was just … sad. :)

    • Kate@Diethood January 23, 2013 at 2:26 PM - Reply

      HI!! :-)
      I do have a maznik recipe on here…here’s the link
      I have found that the most challenging thing about making maznik, burek, zelnik, etc., is finding the right type of flour outside of Macedonia, or even Romania, Turkey, Serbia, and so forth. It really makes a huge difference. So far Gold Medal Flour has proven to be a good match for these pastries, not the best, but it works. Others (my Macedonian friends) swear by Five Roses Flour.

      • A_Boleyn January 24, 2013 at 11:42 AM - Reply

        RE: Flour

        I’m in Ontario, Canada and, over the the 40 plus years we’ve lived here, my mom just used the (Robin Hood brand) all purpose flour she bought in 20 kg bags at the local Italian grocery store to make her strudel dough. I don’t think the flour is as important as the ability of the maker. :)

  2. Audra@The-Baker-Chick September 10, 2011 at 11:07 AM - Reply

    This looks A-mazing. Your photos are stunning and that crispy top on the creme brulee couldn’t be more perfect.
    Great post! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Katie @ Epicurean Mom September 1, 2011 at 3:33 PM - Reply

    Yum!! I’m making a creme brulee right now for my next post! Your’s looks amazing!! Caramel infused, yes please!!

  4. Lolly's Sweet Treats August 29, 2011 at 6:40 AM - Reply

    This looks wonderful. Creme brulee is delicious on its own, but adding in coffee and caramel takes it over the top! Yum!!

  5. Terra August 27, 2011 at 5:03 PM - Reply

    I totally thought I already commented on this post, but I think I did on Facebook only. I really love the coffee and caramel combo! This sounds sooooo good:-) Hugs, Terra

  6. marla August 25, 2011 at 7:13 AM - Reply

    Now that is a treat! So pretty too :)

  7. Val August 25, 2011 at 3:59 AM - Reply

    Beautiful creme brulee. I love the addition of coffee and caramel to it

  8. Irena August 25, 2011 at 12:42 AM - Reply
  9. Julien August 25, 2011 at 12:36 AM - Reply

    Coffee is one of the few variations I haven’t tried, but it sounds delicious.

  10. alex August 24, 2011 at 11:35 PM - Reply

    fantastic! coffee and caramel!?!? love your story also! :)

  11. Kelly August 24, 2011 at 9:30 PM - Reply

    Creme brulee is such a delight and just look at those crusted tops – gorgeous success! (impressive for oven baking). The coffee is intriguing too… yum.

  12. Elyse@ The Cultural Dish August 24, 2011 at 9:26 PM - Reply

    I love love love creme brulee so much! And I definitely love the idea of adding in the coffee and caramel flavor… mmmm!

  13. Kate @ Kate from Scratch August 24, 2011 at 8:13 PM - Reply

    I adore this recipe. Absolutely beautiful!

  14. kitchenarian August 24, 2011 at 5:58 PM - Reply

    I love coffee…I love creme brulee….I love caramel. Oh my goodness. I LOVE this! Great story and great recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Feast on the Cheap August 24, 2011 at 5:56 PM - Reply

    Fan-cy! I’ve been totally into coffee-infused desserts this week. Just made a mocha cake. These look awesome, and so impressive….

  16. Dee at Deelicious Sweets August 24, 2011 at 4:15 PM - Reply

    Wow, heavenly!! I am bookmarking this one for sure. I love me some of dat dere Creme Brulee!

  17. Lisa @ Tarte du Jour August 24, 2011 at 3:58 PM - Reply

    Wow – this beautiful dessert is right up my alley! I love the comment about the gossiping church ladies. We have a few of those too!

  18. Mike @ How To Make A Smoothie At Home August 24, 2011 at 2:22 PM - Reply

    Thanks for the excellent easy to follow recipe. Can’t wait to try it.

  19. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen August 24, 2011 at 1:37 PM - Reply

    My husband is going to love this! He is a huge creme brulee fan and coffee fanatic! Yummy…can’t wait to give it a try! :)

  20. Sandra's Easy Cooking August 24, 2011 at 1:19 PM - Reply

    Oh wow wow..what a wonderful recipe, and pictures are mouthwatering Kate..awesome job!!!

  21. blackbookkitchendiaries August 24, 2011 at 12:45 PM - Reply

    i am in love with your gorgeous photos! and your creme brulee looks to die for!

  22. Cheryl and Adam @ August 24, 2011 at 11:35 AM - Reply

    Creme Brulée is probably Adam’s favorite dessert. While he love so many different ones if he were stranded on an island etc. he would probably demand creme brulée as the one dessert he could have. He’s only had one in his life he rejected out of hand because someone had the bright idea of making a rosemary and basil creme brulée. It didn’t work. This is delicious with the addition of the coffee!

  23. Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen August 24, 2011 at 11:31 AM - Reply

    Super-calorie-fragile-crispy-makes-it-all-delicious – which translates as fabulous creme brulee!

  24. Sandi August 24, 2011 at 10:32 AM - Reply

    You just made something intimidating, look very easy. Thanks!

  25. Stacey Rider August 24, 2011 at 8:06 AM - Reply

    This looks incredible – my favorite flavors infused with one of my all time fav desserts. WOW!

  26. claudia lamascolo August 24, 2011 at 5:12 AM - Reply

    This looks better than any kind I have ever had out! we love this one !!!

  27. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos August 23, 2011 at 11:20 PM - Reply

    wowzers. you never cease to make me drool with your desserts. caramel and coffee in creme brulee sounds like a dream!

  28. Hester aka The Chef Doc August 23, 2011 at 9:12 PM - Reply

    Oh Kate, this is marvelous! It looks wonderful and reminds me of my ever-so-often SBUX indulgence–caramel macchiato :-)

  29. Amy August 23, 2011 at 8:58 PM - Reply

    This sounds wonderful! I love the addition of the coffee and caramel to this, just puts it over the top! Beautiful photos as well :)!

  30. Tiffany August 23, 2011 at 8:58 PM - Reply

    SO glad your mom requested this! Looks YUMMY! And I was laughing out loud when you mentioned the older ladies in church :D

  31. Happy When Not Hungry August 23, 2011 at 8:42 PM - Reply

    Wow this looks fabulous Kate!! I love the coffee in there too. Sounds delicious!

  32. Peggy August 23, 2011 at 8:40 PM - Reply

    Oh we make a mocha creme brulee that is to-die-for! I love your idea of the caramel in there as well – definitely going to have to try that for next time =)

  33. purabi naha August 23, 2011 at 8:16 PM - Reply

    kate this creme brulee recipe is perfect with the coffee flavour in it. Loved the way you made this beautiful dessert!

  34. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen August 23, 2011 at 8:08 PM - Reply

    pun intended! lol ;)

  35. Claudia August 23, 2011 at 7:51 PM - Reply

    Oh my Kate – give the church ladies this desert and you’ll intimidate them! (“I wonder how she eats this and stays so skinny.”) Love the infusion of coffee in this – it’s perfect and the colors are rich and luscious and now you have me yearning.

  36. Cassie @ Bake Your Day August 23, 2011 at 7:23 PM - Reply

    I didn’t think creme brulee could get any better but you proved me wrong. What great additions, I would love to have some for dessert right now!

  37. kankana August 23, 2011 at 7:19 PM - Reply

    u know how much I love custard and with coffee would taste so amazing. I am going to try this.

  38. Mike@The Culinary Lens August 23, 2011 at 6:51 PM - Reply

    Nice ish beautifully photographed. Brulees have to be one of the most versatile desserts, Very few flavors that will not work.

  39. Liz August 23, 2011 at 6:06 PM - Reply

    LOL, you’re so entertaining, Kate…you’ll have to pop down to Indy some time so we can hang out :) I promise to take to you Saks for some shoe shopping! And I must say I’m very, very sad that up next in my blog queue is creme brulee. Plain, old creme brulee. Bad timing as yours is stunning and over the top delicious!!! xo

  40. Kristy August 23, 2011 at 5:19 PM - Reply

    Kate – your photography has always been amazing – but these pics are above and beyond! Beautiful! I just love that little jar too. So cute. I’m not a big caramel fan – but coffee…that I could get behind. Maybe the combo would work for me. :)

  41. Ann August 23, 2011 at 5:10 PM - Reply

    Kate – this is FABULOUS! I have made creme brulee with several different flavors…but not like this – this is awesome! Your pictures are – as always – incredible…and you got an amazing sugar crust! Seriously – bravo!

  42. carly {carlyklock} August 23, 2011 at 4:41 PM - Reply

    Such gorgeous shots!

  43. Sasha @ The Procrastobaker August 23, 2011 at 4:00 PM - Reply

    You dont know how much i love you right now! This is my all time favourite dessert but ive probably only had it 2/3 times in my life at restaurants. Ive wanted to try making it for a while but yours is the first recipe that looks truly achievable and not as scary as others! Gorgeous :)

  44. tanja@tanjascookingcorner August 23, 2011 at 3:41 PM - Reply

    Oh, my this creme brulee looks mouthwatering, yummie yum! Love the addidtion of coffee and caramel :)))
    Btw, you mentioning those gossiping grannies put a smile on my face- it seems to be the same everywhere ;)

    • Kate@Diethood August 23, 2011 at 3:46 PM - Reply

      You know how it is! :) Especially the grannies from the Balkan area, right?! :)

  45. Evelyne@cheapethniceatz August 23, 2011 at 3:27 PM - Reply

    One of my top fave desserts. it easy to make…I just have a heart attack when I see the ingredients (why I let other make it so I can be in a state of denial). The coffee cream looks amazing.

  46. Sandra August 23, 2011 at 3:13 PM - Reply

    Looks amazing Kate, wish I had the nerve to try this.

  47. Sprinkled With Flour August 23, 2011 at 2:58 PM - Reply

    Oooh, I love creme brulee, and this one sounds fantastic!

  48. Nish August 23, 2011 at 2:26 PM - Reply

    Omg how delish! Love the coffee addition!

  49. Jennifer Eloff August 23, 2011 at 2:07 PM - Reply

    Oh good grief – that looks incredible! What an amazing twist on a classic.

  50. Dave at eRecipeCards August 23, 2011 at 12:59 PM - Reply

    WONDERFUL RECIPE… i just love the whole thing…

    And amazing photos.

    And living in Kansas, i just sound silly saying those French and Italian words. Try to avoid them as much as possible

  51. Carolyn August 23, 2011 at 12:54 PM - Reply

    Creme brulee is one of my faves and I remember how psyched I was to discover that it’s not all that hard to make. Yours is gorgeous!

  52. janet@fromcupcakestocaviar August 23, 2011 at 12:49 PM - Reply

    Sounds great Kate! Creme Brulee is one of my favorite desserts and I love finding good flavor variations.
    As for the old ladies at church, I think old ladies get paid under the table to intimidate the rest of us :-D

  53. Charlie August 23, 2011 at 12:16 PM - Reply

    I LOVE crème brûlée (my favorite dessert after crème caramel!).
    Caramel and coffee infused… now, that must be amazing!!

  54. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. August 23, 2011 at 11:55 AM - Reply

    Creme Brulee is truly one of my favorite desserts EVER and this just looks to die for!!! I tried to make it myself once and it was just okay, came out a little lumpy! I am determined to get it right eventually!

  55. Priscilla - She's Cookin' August 23, 2011 at 11:09 AM - Reply

    Fortunately, the only Louboutins I’ve tried on belonged to a friend and weren’t for sale! And for years all the moms at school thought I must be divorced :) Thank your mom for requesting crème brulee – you just made my day!

  56. Lindsey@Lindselicious August 23, 2011 at 10:39 AM - Reply

    I loooooove loooove creme brulee! A coffee caramel one sounds so good, I didnt know that you could just broil the top. All my friends who make it use the torch. (probably cause its just plain cool). Great post Kate!

  57. Kim Bee August 23, 2011 at 10:37 AM - Reply

    I love this post. Your shoe comment had me laughing. We have ladies like that here too. I prefer to egg them on, stir the pot. I cannot help myself. This recipe is lovely. Perfectly done.

  58. Tanvi@SinfullySpicy August 23, 2011 at 10:28 AM - Reply

    This looks fantastic!Flavors remind me of caramel macchiato which is my daily dose at Starbucks :)

  59. Becka (The Elegant Eggplant) August 23, 2011 at 10:26 AM - Reply

    Oh my goodness… you made my favorite dessert. My bf always wants chocolate for dessert and I always want the creme brulee!!! Such a problem. This one looks wonderful. xx

  60. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 23, 2011 at 10:11 AM - Reply

    This looks amazing! I am thinking of making creme brulee next week. It is my hubby’s favorite, and it is our anniversary. He isn’t a fan of coffee though, so I will have to figure that part out! But can’t wait to try!

  61. Oh wow, that looks delicious. You know me and caramel. I’m hooked already. I guess I’m lucky as far as the old ladies at church go. There is just one that would constitute being anywhere near old and she’s adopted Sophie has her grandchild since she doesn’t have any. Nary a negative word about anyone passes her lips. In fact, she’s probably applaud the dash of bourbon idea.

  62. Chris and Amy August 23, 2011 at 9:10 AM - Reply

    Beautiful brulee with delicious flavors. Imagine the gossip if you threw in a dash of bourbon, as we might do??? :-)

    • Kate@Diethood August 23, 2011 at 9:14 AM - Reply

      Oh yeah! Booze it up! That’s a great idea!! :)

  63. Tina@flourtrader August 23, 2011 at 8:59 AM - Reply

    I go to a tiny church, so I am aware of those ladies. Lovely creme brulee-those flavors were made for each other-yum!

  64. Giulietta | Alterkitchen August 23, 2011 at 8:46 AM - Reply

    Oh, my! This crème brulee looks amazing, and the combination between coffee and caramel is genious! :)

  65. Claudie August 23, 2011 at 8:32 AM - Reply

    Beautiful color on your crème brûlée! I can definitely see it was a success :) The hubby loves that dessert because of the caramel, so I’m sure he’d love it even more with extra caramel sauce — and I can’t resist anything with coffee in it, so that’s really the perfect recipe!

  66. Megan @ Pip and Ebby August 23, 2011 at 8:27 AM - Reply

    Oh dear goodness gracious! Do the old ladies at church say that?? They intimidate me, too, by the way. :) This looks absolutely INCREDIBLE.

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