18th Century: Trinity Burnt Cream

Preparation info
  • Makes enough for


    150 ml 5 fl oz ramekins
    • Difficulty


Appears in
Pride and Pudding: The History of British Puddings, Savoury and Sweet

By Regula Ysewijn

Published 2016

  • About

Trinity burnt cream is a pudding that, according to legend, first appeared in 1617 at Trinity College in Cambridge; however, even the college can’t trace the pudding as far back as 1617. The first recipe for a ‘burnt cream’ – or ‘crème brûlée’, as it is known in France – appeared in the French book Nouveau Cuisinier Royal et Bourgeois (Francoise Massialot) in 1691. Yet by the 1731 edition of this book the name had changed to ‘Crème An