Nutella Creme Brulee’


It’s that time again! I know I can hardly contain myself. I think about this Challenge ALL month. I’ve had a million different ideas floating through my head trying to decide what to make. And, believe it or NOT, I didn’t decide until late Wednesday night what to do! Are you ready? I know I am! Tee hee, I know such a tease but I’ll get to it in just a sec! Mwah.

This is our 3rd installment of the Nutella Challenge! August & September had some ah-mazing offerings. I hope you’ve had a chance to try a few of them out. If not, here’s the links where you can find them: Nutella Challenge ~ Round 1 and Round 2.  So, because I want to share my love for Nutella with everyone, this is my mission after all LOL I present to you my NUTELLA Crème Brulee, I know!!! YES, it’s good. Nope it’s better than good (if I do say so myself) It’s slap your Momma good (sorry Mom, you know I wouldn’t actually do it, it’s just for dramatic effect. Kisses).

I’m going to be honest, Tiramisu is my all time favorite dessert. A close second has always been Crème Brulee. For some reason I have never attempted it. I thought, oh no, something this insanely delicious has to be entirely too hard for me, no I mustn’t spoil it and try to make it myself. HELLO was I WRONG. I can’t believe how incredibly EASY this was. I know, all these years I’ve been missing out on Crème Brulee! UFFA! But alas, no more will I have to do without, waiting patiently for date night where I would then have to decide between my two desserts loves. Ah, sweet Crème Brulee how I heart you & now I can have my way with you whenever I please. Tee hee!

The hardest part about this recipe was trying not to burn myself taking the ramekins out of the water bath. LOL I’ve got to remember to buy some tongs with silicon on the edges (note to self). Or perhaps the waiting for it to set up in the fridge before I could get my entirely too small cutesy spoons & dig in. Here are a few things to remember: I used two different sized ramekins (I only had 4 of the cutesy little ones in the pics here so I had to use 2 Brawny Man sized Ramekins for the rest of the mixture) so depending on the size you use, you’ll need to adjust your cooking time.

All you need to remember is that it needs to jiggle (I always think of jello when I say that LOL) only slightly in the middle and be solid on the edges. The rest will set up when you put it in the refrigerator to chill. If it’s slopping all around, it’s not done, let it cook a little longer. I’d start to check yours at about 30 minutes and every 5 minutes after that just to be sure.

I’m telling you, if I can do it, so can you!  As always if you want to ramp up the Nutella flavor & hello who would blame you, just add more! Easy Peasy! I see lots of Crème Brulee’s in my future…ah, the flavor possibilities have my head swimming : )



Nutella Creme Brulee’
What you’ll need:
4 cups heavy whipping cream
1 vanilla bean
6 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar (plus additional for dusting)
4 tablespoons Nutella – melted
Fresh Berries – Optional for Garnish

What to do:
1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. In a large saucepan, add your cream. Slice your vanilla bean down the center and scrape out the insides. Add bean & insides to the cream. Heat over medium high heat until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and set aside.

2. While cream is cooling, add egg yolks and sugar into the mixer. Using your whisk attachment, whisk until mixture is creamy and has a light color. Remove vanilla bean from cream and discard.

3. Temper the egg mixture into the cream mixture by whisking it slowly to avoid scrambling your eggs. Add in melted Nutella and continue mixing until everything is combined.

4. Pour cream/egg mixture into ramekins. Filling to near the top. Place ramekins into a large casserole ovenproof dish. Fill dish with warm water so that water level reaches half way up the sides of the ramekins. This creates a water bath so that it will cook through evenly. Place dish into oven. Bake for approx 40-45 minutes (until center is slightly jiggly and sides are firm)

5. Remove ramekins from water bath with tongs. Transfer to a baking sheet and refridgerate for 3-4 hours or until mixture sets up completely. Remove crème brulee 15 minutes PRIOR to serving. Dust the tops of each ramekin with sugar. Rolling the edges so that the sugar is distributed evenly. Using your kitchen torch, scorch the tops. Allow to rest a few minutes prior to serving.

6. Garnish with fresh berries or whipped cream (or both!)

Buon Appetito!


  1. 1

    One word = Fantastic!!

    • 1.1

      Thanks Jenn! It didn’t last long. Will have to make some more SOON!

  2. 2

    Even the name brings me to my knees!

    I didn’t get a recipe in for Sept. but I am going to try my darndest to get one in for Oct. ;0)

    • 2.1

      Thanks Kim! I feel the same way (tee hee) No worries about last month. It did seem to fly by 😉

  3. 3

    Yum. I like giving creme brulee a fun little twist, and can’t wait to try this one..Nutella, here I come!

    • 3.1

      Ah, thanks Ellise! I CAN’T wait to try out new flavors. I can see this is going to be a once a week kinda dessert around here LOL!

  4. 4

    I love the photos and the creme brulee is fabulous!

    • 4.1

      Thanks Penny! I was losing daylight fast and snapping away like a madwoman 🙂 Not to mention the hungry onlookers who were ready to dig in LOL!

  5. 5

    wow, these look great, I love how you add nutella in there

  6. 6

    Drooling, Paula. My, God, and I came here after seeing Nutella Panna Cotta.
    Sorry I didn’t submit my Sept. entry, I did prepare something, but couldn’t find time to fit in my schedual and haven’t published it yet. I won’t miss this month.

    • 6.1

      Ciao Dajana, Nutella has that effect on me too LOL No worries about last month. Can’t wait to see what you come up with (I’m sure it will be fab 😉 Buon weekend!

  7. 7

    And, forgot to tell you, I found a recipe for homemade Nutella, can’t wait to try

  8. 8
    Angelo /


    • 8.1

      Sei molto carino Angelo! Grazie mille per i complimenti, specialmente da un cuoco favoloso come te!

  9. 9

    wonderfull!!!! guarda la mia crema all’olio e cioccolato..non ci starebbe bene??:D ( google traduttore salvaci tu!:DD)

    • 9.1

      Ehila’ Genny! Mi dispiace ma non potevo trovarla sul tuo sito. Puoi mandarmi il link? Grazie! Buon weekend!

  10. 10

    OMG! you’re brilliant! I knew that already … but thought need to be said again: YOU ARE BRILLIANT! 😉

    • 10.1

      Ah thanks so much Marta! Mwah! I think you’re pretty brilliant yourself 😉 & I am still thinking about those Ricotta Pancakes. I’m making them this weekend. Can’t wait!

  11. 11


    • 11.1

      Thanks VeggieGirl! Obviously I heart Nutella & I heart Creme Brulee. It was an easy decision to combine the two 🙂

  12. 12

    Help me if I’m just not paying attention- but when do I put in the Nutella? Am I missing something?
    Sounds great and am ready to give it a try!

    • 12.1

      Hi Yael! No worries. You’ll add the melted Nutella right after you’ve tempered the egg mixture into the cream mixture. Then add Nutella & mix it all well & then place into the ramekins!

  13. 13

    That looks glorious!

    A suggestion? Try canning tongs to grab the ramekins. They’re non-slip and have a wider, rounded gripping mechanism. Grab the ramekins from above & you should be good to go!

    • 13.1

      Ciao Basia! Thanks so much for that tip! That’s an awesome idea. I think I like that better than the non slip tongs! THANKS for that!

  14. 14

    Paula, you make it look so difficult but sound so easy…. Superb!

    • 14.1

      Thanks Kathy! If I can do it so can you, I’m just mad I wasted all those years without trying it sooner 😉 I guess better late than never, eh?

  15. 15

    wow amazing, I so need to bake and do more desserts your a pro amazing, will link to chow and chatter fan page Love Rebecca

    • 15.1

      Ah THANK YOU Rebecca so sweet of you to link to your Fan Page! Mwah! Have a fab weekend.

  16. 16

    Wonderful idea.
    I love both créme bruleé and chocolate gianduia cream (Nutella is the “industrial” version).
    I bookmarked this recipe for some forthcoming, cold, winter evening.

    • 16.1

      Ehila’ Alesssandro! Grazie! Adoro il creme brulee! E’ semplicamente delizioso. E’ ovviamente adoro la Nutella. Ma adesso devo provare anche la crema gianduia. A presto! Buon weekend.

  17. 17

    Looks amazing! Sorry I missed out on the challenge last month – I don’t know where September went! But, I already have a few ideas for October! 🙂

    • 17.1

      Hi Page! Thanks a bunch! No worries about last month. It really did slip away. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  18. 18

    I love creme brulee. In fact, it’s the dessert I always order when it’s on a menu… And I love Nutella. This sounds perfect. Thanks for sharing!

    • 18.1

      Thanks Andrea! I LOVE it too & so HAPPY that I’ll be able to whip it up all the time. I’m looking forward to experimenting with new flavors!

  19. 19

    wow these look great! i have always wanted to try a creme brulee recipe but I remekins and a torch….. now I know what to put on my birthday list!!!

    • 19.1

      Thanks Carla! I am so over the moon about my kitchen torch (actually got mine for my birthday) Who knew it was so much fun to torch things LOL!

  20. 20

    Way to go Paula. A great way to incorporate Nutella into a traditional dessert. Beautiful, as always.

    • 20.1

      Ah thanks Donna! Mwah! I could just kick myself for not thinking to do it sooner! Tee hee.

  21. 21

    Ohmigosh I love Nutella and Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts, too. This is awesome!

    • 21.1

      Thanks so much Jessica! I always have Nutella in the house. It’s just one of those NECESSARY items LOL!

  22. 22

    Amazing!!! I can’t wait to try this out!

  23. 23

    Paula, This is WOW!!! Oh my, beautiful pictures and nutella creme brulee, I want some, lol! Great post!

    • 23.1

      Thanks so much Diana! I think I shot those pics in less than 5 mins, I was losing daylight fast so I’m happy that I got a few good ones in. I wish I had an extra ramekin right about now myself 😉

  24. 24

    The pictures look great! So elegant to look at.

  25. 25

    My all time favorite desert item to order when dining out………….never tried to make it thinking as you did………………no more this will now be an at home desert gem.

    • 25.1

      Thanks Doodles! I’m so glad you’re going to give it a try! Trust me, if I can, you can too!

  26. 26

    Nutella Creme Brulee, that is extremely creative and very delicious! I love those scrumptious photos too

    • 26.1

      Ciao Jessie! Thank you so much! I’m crazy for Nutella & whenever I can combine it with something, I’m in 😉

  27. 27

    This makes me realize just how much I need a kitchen torch! I mean, I know you COULD use the broiler, but where’s the fun in that? These sound yummy.

    • 27.1

      Hi Alta, YES you absolutely MUST get a kitchen torch. I can’t tell you much fun I have been having. Have you noticed the recent influx of recipes requiring a kitchen torch on my site? Tee hee!

  28. 28

    Sounds absolutely fantastic!!!

    • 28.1

      Ciao Mariana! I really appreciate it. We thought it was pretty fantastic, it was gobbled up very quickly!

  29. 29

    Oh Paula, we love creme brulee in all its incarnations. Looks tasty! I don’t the kitchen torch yet, but honestly I don’t think it would be any trouble getting my husband on board with that implement. I’d probably be fighting him for it when I needed it!

    • 29.1

      Thanks Alyssa! Oh you def have to pick one up. Even if it’s the small one. I’ve used it so many times already! & Yes hubs like to play with it too! Something about boys & fire 😉

  30. 30

    omg! that looks awesome. love love love nutella.

    • 30.1

      Grazie Danielle! Obviously I love it to, I think I created this challenge just to feed my addiction. But don’t tell 😉

  31. 31

    Absolutely amazing. I love creme brulee, as well – can’t wait to give this a try!

    • 31.1

      Thanks Jen! I really can’t believe how easy it was! Hope you love it!

  32. 32

    I love Creme Brulee but this is certainly a unique one. Love it!

  33. 33

    I love nutella in anything – that looks so good!

  34. 34

    Hi Paula this rocks, I have added mine I am so sorry its boring I am not much of a baker, love ya Rebecca

  35. 35

    Love crème brûlée anyway – this just brings it to a whole new level. I think the Nutella-loving is making its way into the mainstream – last night I had a nutella cheesecake for dessert at a local restaurant!!!

  36. 36

    This recipe sounds fantastic, but I’ve never been able to cook with Nutella–I’m too busy eating it with a spoon right out of the jar! I think I can spare 4 TBSP for this recipe though!

  37. 37

    Nutella creme brulee sounds like absolute heaven. Heaven.

  38. 38

    that sounds amazing!

  39. 39

    Wow! I wish i would have found this recipe sooner! I would have loved to make it for Christmas! It will have to wait since i need to stick to my New Year resolutions for more than a week. lol

    Amazing recipe. Bravo!

  40. 40
    Primo /

    Soooo, basically nobody has attempted to make this recipe other than Paula….

    I don’t mean to be rude but the comments have all the markings of a popularity contest from a fan club that can’t cook.

    Maybe it’s me but the award suggests a level of culinary gravity I don’t see.

  41. 41
    Cook B /

    Primo –
    Maybe you should attempt the recipe and then let us know about that level of culinary gravity.

    Comments don’t necessarily indicate who has or has not prepared the dish. I know I have made many of her dishes but do not feel compelled to comment again based upon that.

    Perhaps you should either attempt to be part of this community or you should just take your concerns elsewhere. Somehow … I don’t see a fan club following in your future either.

  42. 42
    Mindy /

    Excellent recipe! Thanks so much for posting this. I love the combination of orange and chocolate, so I decided to infuse the cream with the zest of a blood orange and about a teaspoon of the juice from the orange as well. Was absolutely delicious.

  43. 43

    LOOK at your GORGEOUS new blog!
    Paula, it’s stunning!
    THIS is the look that you and your amazing recipes deserve.


  44. 44

    Are you kidding?! Nutella and creme brulee?? Off to buy a chef’s torch…

  45. 45

    Paula I made this recipe last night, and was very disappointed at how soupy they baked up. I checked the recipe against a tried-and-true creme brulee recipe I use, and realized your recipe has almost 4x as much heavy cream. Have you had problems with this? To other readers I’d suggest using half the amount of heavy cream if you want a true creme brulee consitency.


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