Dairy Free Creme Brulee

This Dairy Free Creme Brulee recipe is made with coconut cream instead of heavy cream but it’s still delicious and surprisingly easy to make at home!!

Dairy Free Creme Brulee this recipe is made with coconut cream instead of heavy cream but it's still delicious and surprisingly easy to make at home!!

It’s Friday which means celebrations are in order. I had a pretty busy week. I released TWO new videos (have you seen them yet?? Click HERE to watch :)) I’m having an absolute blast creating video.

If I’m being perfectly honest, I’ve been feeling a little bit stagnant with my blog the past couple months. I have still been enjoying it but I haven’t had that same zeal and excitement about creating content as I usually do. Thankfully, shooting and editing these videos has 100% renewed all of that for me. I have watched HOURS and hours of food videos (which is really saying something considering each video is only about 1-2 minutes each) to watch and learn what other people are doing and which different styles I like.

I’ve also been getting a FLOOD of nice comments, shares, and questions about how my videos are made. Luckily, I’m so obsessed with the whole video process that I could talk about it ALL day long. I wonder what it is about a video that just totally engages people’s attention and makes them want to comment and share 1000000% more than a beautiful food photo?

Dairy Free Creme Brulee this recipe is made with coconut cream instead of heavy cream but it's still delicious and surprisingly easy to make at home!!

As I mentioned in my “Am I going vegan?” video, I’m sharing this Dairy Free Crème Brulee with you today! I’m in love with this creation SO much and am so pleased with how well it turned out. I had to try it out a few times at varying temperatures and times in the oven but I perfected!

If you’ve never made crème brulee at home, you’re missing out! It’s surprisingly easy. And, don’t let the kitchen torch dissuade you either….they’re super inexpensive and easy to use! I got mine as a gift but you can get them on Amazon for less than $20. And really, it’s just super fun :) You’d be surprised the random uses you’ll find for it (like making s’mores inside because you’re too lazy to start an actual fire outside).

Dairy Free Creme Brulee this recipe is made with coconut cream instead of heavy cream but it's still delicious and surprisingly easy to make at home!!

We start by warming the coconut cream together with the vanilla bean. Now, FULL disclosure here, I usually just use vanilla extract because…come on, vanilla beans are SO freakin’ expensive. I reserve vanilla beans for special occasions and just use extract the rest of the time.

While that’s doing its thing, the sugar and eggs are being creamed together.

Dairy Free Creme Brulee this recipe is made with coconut cream instead of heavy cream but it's still delicious and surprisingly easy to make at home!!

The egg/ sugar mixture is then combined with the cream and vanilla mixture and then GUESS WHAT? The hard part is already done :)

Now all you need to do is pour the crème brulee mixture into 4 ramekins (you could also make one large crème brulee if you don’t have the ramekins but you’ll want to be more mindful of the cooking time as it may take longer).

Dairy Free Creme Brulee this recipe is made with coconut cream instead of heavy cream but it's still delicious and surprisingly easy to make at home!!

And finally pour hot water into the pan so that it comes about halfway up the sides of the ramekins like so:

Dairy Free Creme Brulee this recipe is made with coconut cream instead of heavy cream but it's still delicious and surprisingly easy to make at home!!

In case you’re wondering, the paper towel is in the bottom of the dish to prevent the ramekins from slipping around while I’m moving the pan in and out of the oven. I’ve tried it before without the paper towel thinking that I could handle it, and I was wrong.

Now we bake it for a bit. The key here (and the thing that messes up many novice crème brulee makers) is that we don’t want the mixture to completely solidify in the oven. You want it to still have a little bit of a jiggle to it when you take it out of the oven. ****From my experiences: Regular crème brulee (made with actual dairy cream) will harden some around the edges of the ramekin while the center will be jiggly. HOWEVER, this coconut cream crème brulee will have a slight jiggle all the way around it.

Dairy Free Creme Brulee this recipe is made with coconut cream instead of heavy cream but it's still delicious and surprisingly easy to make at home!!

Once out of the oven, simply let the ramekins cool just enough that you’re able to handle them. And now, the waiting part. Place the ramekins in the fridge for AT LEAST 3 hours. I have made this enough to know that it’s much better if you make it the night before and let them sit in the fridge overnight. You can even make them a whole day before if you want. <<<<<<a huge reason that these are great for parties!

After their long rest in the fridge, we’re going to cover the tops with a nice layer of sugar. I typically just pour the sugar in and then tilt the ramekin around to ensure that the sugar is even. You can also use a pastry brush to brush it around and make sure that it gets in all the corners (but, are there corners in a circular dish!?).

Dairy Free Creme Brulee this recipe is made with coconut cream instead of heavy cream but it's still delicious and surprisingly easy to make at home!!

Now the FUN PART! Whipping out the kitchen torch :)

If you’ve never used a kitchen torch, it may take some getting used to. It seems to work best if you move the torch around a lot as opposed to focusing it in one area for a long time. I genuinely like when parts of the sugar are almost burnt but you can also just give it a nice even brownness. You’ll want the torch on the medium-low setting.

Dairy Free Creme Brulee this recipe is made with coconut cream instead of heavy cream but it's still delicious and surprisingly easy to make at home!!

AND that’s pretty much it. **These can last in the fridge for a couple days but once you’ve torched them, the tops won’t stay nice and hard and crispy if you try and save them for later. So, don’t torch the tops until you’re ready to eat them!

If you try this recipe, PLEASE let me know how you like it by sending me a pic or message on facebook, snapchat, twitter, or Instagram. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see people cooking my recipes :D

Happy weekend-ing, dear friends! I hope it’s a good one!

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Dairy Free Creme Brulee


  • Author: B. Britnell
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 can of full fat coconut cream (not coconut milk!) liquid removed
  • 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract (can also use 1 vanilla bean)
  • 2/3 cup of sugar (can easily substitute this for 1 cup of coconut sugar) + more for topping
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 quarts of hot water

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the coconut cream. It’s okay if a tiny bit of the liquid gets into the pan but for the most part, you ONLY want the cream and not any of the liquid at the bottom of the can.
  3. Stir in the vanilla extract and heat the pan over medium until it just starts to simmer. Once simmering, take off of heat, cover, and let for 15 minutes.
  4. When the coconut cream mixture is nearly ready, cream together the egg yolks and the sugar using a stand mixer or hand mixer. Whisk until the yolks start to get lighter in color and the mixture is a bit fluffy.
  5. While whisking, pour the coconut cream mixture into the egg mixture and stir to combine.
  6. Prepare your baking tray by placing a couple paper towels into the bottom a baking tray with high sides (I used a 13×9 pan and it was perfect). This will prevent your ramekins from slipping while you carry the tray. See picture above if confused.
  7. Place four ramekins into the baking tray and pour the crème brulee mixture evenly into the four ramekins.
  8. Take your hot water and pour it into the tray so it fills it up HALF WAY up the side of the ramekins. Again, see picture above if confused. The water helps the crème brulee to cook more evenly.
  9. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes. They’re done once the top is solid but STILL has a good little bit of a jiggle to it…kind of like pudding.
  10. Once out of the oven, let cool enough so that you can touch the ramekins with your hands. Place in the fridge for AT LEAST 3 hours but preferably over night. (they can sit in the fridge for up to 2 days).
  11. When ready to serve, take out of the fridge and pour about 1-2 tablespoons onto the top of each crème brulee. Using a kitchen torch, torch the tops of each ramekin so that the sugar is fully crystalized and it has a nice deep golden brown color.
  12. Serve immediately and ENJOY!!

Notes

These need to sit in the fridge for 3 hours or preferably over night.

  • Category: Dessert
Dairy Free Creme Brulee this recipe is made with coconut cream instead of heavy cream but it's still delicious and surprisingly easy to make at home!!

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27 comments on “Dairy Free Creme Brulee”

  1. These looks and sounds incredible, I will have to try them out!

  2. Just wondering how many ounces or cups of coconut cream. I have a can that is 15 ounces but there were smaller cans as well.

  3. What people mean by coconut milk and cream can be confusing, so I wanted to clarify: When you say do NOT use coconut milk, do you mean the beverage in cartons? I’m wondering if by coconut CREAM, you actually mean the CANNED coconut MILK, as I have never seen canned coconut cream (or the type in a small box) that has liquid in it.

    Also, it would be helpful if you specify the brand of coconut milk (or cream) you use, as the quality varies greatly. Thank you!

    • When I picture coconut cream it is a canned product, same as canned coconut milk but richer in fat content. Coconut cream is usually 70+% and although exactly like coconut milk is just has less water at the bottom and more ratio of the concentrated cream on top.

      • I use the Asia Thai kitchen coconut cream I found in the international section of my grocery store.. it the only brand I could find in a can..

  4. This recipe uses eggs! Why do you mention a going vegan video?

    • If you watch the video, I explain :)

      • Ops you’re right, thank you! I’m always looking for vegan recipes for one of my sons, and I thought the cream brulee was vegan. But like you, I like a vegetarian diet much better, especially if you can have your own hens!

  5. What size of coconut cream can? There are big and small ones available.

  6. Did you use a fan forced oven for this recipe? I’m scared of overcooking the eggs to the point where they scramble, our oven gets quite hot. (It’s happened before). Our oven has a conventional setting too. What do you recommend?

    • I actually baked this the first time in a gas oven. Since then , we have replaced our oven with an electric, fan oven. I’ve made creme brulee in the fan oven twice and it turned out great!! Please let me know if you try it and how it turns out! Maybe just starting watching them a bit before the time is up in the oven. Remember, the centers are supposed to be jiggly when you take them out of the oven. It seems like they’re not done yet but they are! It’ll harden in the fridge.

  7. If i want to try this recipe without a torch, what adjustments do you recommend? Serving right out of the fridge without a sugar coating on top?

  8. For those of us lucky enough to have access to the coconut itself, it is best to grate and blend the flesh of the coconut fruit from its shell, let it sit for 1 hour in the fridge, it will part; cream on top and water at the bottom, (you will see it if it is in a transparent container) then use as instructed! for more coconut cream, use more coconuts!

  9. Just making now but used the liquid as well…. What should I do???

    • Appears to have come out fine with the addition of the liquid however I find them really sweet…. Thanks! Might try less sugar next time!

  10. Are you able to use coconut sugar for the topping? I tried this and it burnt into little balls. I doesn’t caramelize as well as regular sugar

  11. After making a different dairy-free creme brulee recipe without success, I decided to try this one. .. and Im SOoOO glad I did. Came out perfect! thank you!

    • I usually use super fine sugar for creme brulee toppings so I’m planning on running the coconut sugar thru the vitatmix to make it finer before topping and firing. Hope it works! My daughters favorite dessert but she’s got ulcerative colitis and had to cut dairy and refined sugar out of her diet ( along with gluten) and she’s sooooo much better.

  12. This has a really great flavor, but was very very sweet – and that’s coming from someone with a huge sweet tooth! Next time I’m going to try to reduce the sugar to 1/2cup and just sprinkle on the top. Also, using our gas oven, 40min seemed too long as it left a crust on the top and seemed to be pretty set. If I remove the crust, it’s fine underneath, but I think it went past the jiggly stage. I love that this is a dairy free alternative, so I’m excited to try it again with some changes! Thank you! 

    • thank you SO much for the feedback! I’m going to try making this again this week to see what I can change in the recipe. So glad that it still worked out okay for you

  13. Can you give the fat content of the coconut cream you use ?

  14. I used 1/3 c. sugar instead of the 2/3 c. called for and it was still way too sweet. I didn’t think my sweet sensitivity had gotten that high?  Next time I think will try 2 T. of sugar – I can always add more on top! My can of coconut cream seemed to be about 1/4-1/3 liquid (that I didn’t add,) so maybe that was part of the problem. The liquid to egg yolk ratio etc. seemed pretty good, though, so I will try again with less sugar! 

  15. Why was it awful?
    And what is your “real” recipe?

  16. Multiple people have commented that there is too much sugar. Also, I had to read the comments to find out what size can of coconut cream to use. Why don’t you just update the recipe when you receive useful comments?