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Vanilla Crème Brûlée Tart

Delicious French Vanilla Crème brûlée Tart. Demystified thin shortbread recipe with the easy Crème brûlée, the perfect dessert!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
220 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: creme brulee, custard, dessert, egg, tart, vanilla
Servings: 6 tarts (3 inch baking ring)
Calories: 532kcal
Author: Mélanie


For the shortbread crust

  • a little less than ½ cup butter, softened (cut in cube packed) or 100g
  • 1 and ⅓ cup flour or 200g
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 egg medium size
  • 1 egg white

For the crème brûlée filling

  • 250 ml heavy cream 35%
  • 250 ml milk
  • 5 egg yolks
  • ½ cup sugar or 100g
  • 1 vanilla bean opened & scrapped


For the shortbread crust

  • Mix the butter, the flour and salt together until it is crumbly.
  • Add the egg and mix gently.
  • Form into a ball and set in the fridge for 20 minutes or so. 
  • Preheat the oven at 300F
  • Roll the dough thinly but thick enough so it does not break and place it in the baking ring. Poke with the fork lightly. 
  • Bake for 10 minutes. It will still looking uncooked when you take it out of the oven.
  • With a baking brush, spread a thin layer of egg white on the crust. It will make it waterproof. 

For the crème brûlée filling

  • Bring the milk to boil with the vanilla bean  and its seeds. 
  • Remove from the stove and add the cold cream to the milk.
  • Add the egg yolks and the sugar that you would have previously beaten together.
  • Stir well.
  • Pour it in the crusts and bake it for 40-45 minutes in the oven (still at 300F)
  • Let it cool down for 2 hours in the fridge (Good luck waiting!)
  • Spread some sugar on top of the crème and with a baking torch, caramelize it. And voilà!




Calories: 532kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 292mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 1409IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 2mg