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This Breakfast Crème Brûlée is a lighter take on the classic dessert, and is a creamy, custardy solution to all your breakfast needs and wants.
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Coconut Crème Brûlée

This creamy coconut crème brûlée is a dairy-free version of the classic dessert, made with coconut milk, egg yolks, and a burnt sugar topping.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Chilling Time:3 hrs
Total Time4 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 293kcal


  • 4 - 6 ramekins
  • kitchen torch (optional)


Coconut Custard:

  • 1 quart water (for water bath)
  • 13 oz can coconut milk (not light)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • cup sugar
  • ¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon or orange


  • 6 TB sugar, divided (or less, use ~1 TB per ramekin)
  • berries, if desired


  • Preheat oven to 300ºF. Begin boiling water in a tea kettle (or in a small pot).
    Use a microplane grater to zest the lemon or orange. Take care to only remove the zest, and not the white pith.
    Add coconut milk to a pot and heat over medium heat. Bring to a boil and remove from heat.
    Heat Cream + Milk
  • In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, shredded coconut (if using), vanilla extract, and citrus zest. Whisk until combined but not airy.
    Whisk Egg Yolks, Sugar + Vanilla
  • Slowly begin whisking the warm milk into the egg mixture. As you pour, continue whisking constantly. (This will help keep the eggs from cooking.)
    Whisk Until All Cream Is Incorporated
  • Place 4-6 ramekins into a large baking dish. Divide the batter between the ramekins. Skim off any large bubbles.
    Carefully pour the hot water into the casserole dish, taking care not to splash water into the ramekins. Add water until the water level reaches halfway up the ramekins.
    Add Crème Brûlée Batter to Ramekins
  • Bake about 50-60 minutes, until the centers are set. If using very shallow ramekins, begin checking on the custards earlier (after about 35-40 minutes).
    Remove the custards from the baking dish and set aside to cool. Once they've reached room temperature, move the ramekins to the fridge.
    Chill for at least 3 hours or up to 2 days. (The sugar won't caramelize as well if the custard isn't cold.)
    Bake Until Center of Custard Is Set
  • Just before serving, sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of sugar evenly across the top of each custard.
    Torch method:
    Use a kitchen torch to burn the sugar by moving the torch slowly across each custard dish. The sugar will darken and bubble up. Allow the bubbles to subside and the sugar to harden before serving. The sugar will harden within just a minute or two.
    Broiler method:
    Optionally, set the custards in a shallow pan filled with ice. (This will keep the custard cold while broiling.)
    Move an oven rack to about 4" below the broiler, and preheat the broiler to high. Move the custards under the broiler, and watch carefully until the sugar browns and bubbles. Remove from the broiler immediately.
    The timing will depend on your oven. Gas broilers may work in seconds, electric broilers may take several minutes.
    Add Sugar + Torch or Broil
  • Optionally, top with fresh berries or sliced stone fruit. Serve the crème brûlée immediately.
    This Breakfast Crème Brûlée is a lighter take on the classic dessert, and is a creamy, custardy solution to all your breakfast needs and wants.


To prepare ahead of time: Bake custards in the water bath + chill for up to two days.  Wait until just before serving to caramelize the sugar.
Leftover crème brûlée: Store leftover custards in the fridge for up to a day.  The sugar will not stay crunchy.


Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 173IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg