Candy Cane Crème Brûlée with Maple Hazelnut Brittle

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Preparation Time 10 minutes Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 Cost Per Serving $0.98
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Image of a ramekin of candy cane creme brule topped with a piece of hazelnut brittle


Candy Cane Crème Brûlée
2 cupsHeavy Crème (or for a lighter version use 2 cups Whole Milk and ½ cup Dry Milk Powder)
5Egg Yolks
1Peppermint Tea Bag (or 1 tbsp Loose Leaf Peppermint Tea)
2 tbspHoney
Maple Hazelnut Brittle
3 tbspMaple Syrup
1/4 cupHazelnuts (or any nuts or seeds), roughly chopped
1Candy Cane, crushed (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, bring your cream or milk to a simmer. Add honey and your peppermint tea bags, stir well and remove from heat. Allow to steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool slightly and then pour a little bit of the warm mixture into a bowl with your egg yolks. Whisk to combine. Repeat this process, adding a little warm liquid at a time, until it is all in the bowl. Allow mixture to cool in the refrigerator.
  4. Pour mixture into several baking ramekins. In a baking dish about as deep as your ramekins, place a dish cloth. Gently place your ramekins on top of the dish cloth, and pour water into the baking dish. Add enough water so that the water reaches about the same level as the level of the crème brûlée mixture in the ramekins. Place in the oven and bake for about 35 to 40 minutes, until it has a light jiggle when shaken. Remove and cool.
  5. For the brittle, combine the maple syrup, hazelnuts and crushed candy canes in a bowl. Pour on to a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, until it begins to bubble. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Break into pieces and serve on top of your crème brûlée.


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