Crème Brûlée Coffee

According to Wikipedia, creme brulee is


"also known as burned cream, burnt cream or Trinity cream, and virtually identical to the original crema catalana, is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a layer of hardened caramelized sugar."

I've been on the hunt to make more simple syrups. French vanilla syrup, to be exact. Not being entirely successful, I resorted to making more of a caramel syrup.

To make caramel syrup, you begin by putting equal amounts of sugar and water in a pot to boil. Once boiling, you stir in another 1/4 cup of water into the mixture, as well as some vanilla syrup. My thought to make more of a creamy syrup was to try milk instead of water. The result is what I call a Crème Brûlée coffee.

Now that I am becoming more aware of what goes with what, I am starting to mix and exchange flavors. I cannot promise that these recipes are entirely healthy! I'm hoping one day to make that change.

Crème Brûlée Coffee Recipe

Brew: classic

Size: single serving (12-ounce cup)


  • 2 tbsp ground coffee

  • 1 tsp brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • pinch of salt

  • Whip cream

  • Hershey's Caramel Syrup for topping (optional)


  1. Place ground coffee in brew reservoir

  2. Put 1 tsp brown sugar in a cup and place the cup under the reservoir to brew

  3. Select single-serve cup and classic on the coffee maker

  4. While the coffee is brewing, bring 1/4 cup water and sugar to a boil on the stove, stirring frequently until sugar is dissolved

  5. While waiting for the mixture to boil, combine the vanilla extract and sugar with the milk

  6. When the mixture is boiling, add in the milk mixture slowly while stirring

  7. Once all is combined, pour the creamy "caramelized" mixture with the cup of coffee; stir well

  8. Add whip cream on top; drizzle with caramel syrup



This coffee was delightful. I'm not sure if I made the Crème Brûlée syrup as well as I could have, being most Crème Brûlée desserts use vanilla bean and egg yolk to create the creamy mixture. I figured milk and caramel could be a good substitute.

I also recommended adding brown sugar to the coffee itself because it adds a warm sugary taste. The brown sugar could also be put in the syrup mixture as well I suppose.

One big downfall with this coffee is if you want the coffee to be warm, the syrup mixture must be made as the coffee is brewing, unless made beforehand and warmed up in a microwave. I cannot wait to retry this recipe as a cold brew! I would also like to make a Crème Brûlée cold foam for this recipe, too.

I also made this coffee with a bread pudding recipe that I absolutely LOVED!

Overall, I give this recipe 3 stars! ⭐⭐⭐

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