Creme Brulee is also known as Burnt Cream, Crema Catalana, and Trinity Creme. It is a dessert that consists of a rich custard base that is topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel and served at room temperature.
The custard base is usually vanilla flavoured but has variations of lemon, orange, rosemary, lavender, chocolate, amaretto, cinnamon, coffee, liqueurs, green tea, pistachio, hazelnut, coconut or other fruit.
Beat egg yolks, white sugar and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl until thick and creamy.
Pour cream into a saucepan and stir over low heat until it almost comes to boil. Remove the cream from heat immediately. Stir cream into the egg yolk mixture; beat until combined.
Pour cream mixture into the top pan of a oven. Stir over simmering water until mixture lightly coats the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes. Remove mixture from heat immediately and pour into a shallow heat-proof dish.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
Remove from heat and allow to cool. Refrigerate until custard is set again.In a small bowl combine remaining 2 tablespoons white sugar and brown sugar. Sift this mixture evenly over custard. Place dish under grill until sugar melts, about 2 minutes. Watch carefully so as not to burn.