Irish Cream Crème Brûlée

I do love a Crème Brûlée. Definitely one of my favorite desserts. The rich, creamy custard topped with that sweet crack of torched sugar on top. However, I do often find crème brûlées to be a little too sweet for me (I know!). But not this Irish Cream Crème Brûlée. This version isn’t too sweet but is still creamy and delicious.

It’s a fairly straightforward recipe. Although, saying that, you do need to be careful not to scramble your eggs. So don’t let the cream get too hot. And definitely make sure that you strain it into the ramekins through a fine sieve, because there may be some bits of egg that you don’t want in your final dessert. I used heavy cream for mine, so I think if you’re not in the US, then double cream would be the best option. However, I have not tested the recipe with double cream.

This gets baked in your oven in a water bath. Which just means that you put the filled ramekins into a roasting tin and fill it with water until it’s about two thirds of the way up the sides of the dishes. This helps to keep a more consistent temperature and provides a moist heat while your Irish Cream Crème Brûlée is baking.

I used vanilla bean paste from Nielsen-Massey for making these. If you don’t have the paste, then vanilla extract will also work, but I do like the little flecks of vanilla you can see in the custard from using the paste.

Ideally, you want to use a culinary blowtorch to brûlée the tops of your dessert. It does allow more control over the melting sugar. But, not everyone has one of those in their kitchen cabinet, so use your grill/broiler instead. Just make sure your sugar layer is even and don’t take your eyes off it while it’s melting!

Irish Cream Crème Brûlée

A simple coffee, vanilla and whiskey flavored crème brûlée.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish
Servings 4 servings


  • 16 fl oz or 475ml heavy cream (double cream)
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 tbsp whiskey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 oz or 30g demerara sugar
  • caster sugar, for brûlée topping


  • Preheat oven to 325F/165C (conventional) and have 4-5 ramekins ready.
  • Place the cream, coffee, vanilla and whiskey in a saucepan and heat gently, without boiling, for 5 minutes.
  • Whisk the eggs and sugar together, then pour on the warm cream, whisking well.
  • Strain into individual ramekins (it should make 4-5 portions) and place in a baking dish containing enough water to come two-thirds of the way up the side of the dishes.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the cream is just set. Chill until cold.
  • Cover the top of each ramekin with 1-2 tsp caster sugar and heat with a blowtorch until melted and crisp. If you don't have a blowtorch, the sugar can be melted until a grill/broiler.
Keyword coffee, cream, vanilla, whiskey