Chocolate Crème Brûlée

Everybody loves crème brulée, and some people are seriously addicted to chocolate. I dedicate this recipe to Rebekka Hardy, who not only made me a better cook, but also made me think about chocolate 24 hours a day.


  • 600ml/1 pint double cream
  • 1 vanilla pod, split
  • 300g/11oz plain dark chocolate
  • 4 medium egg yolks
  • 55g/2oz icing sugar, sifted
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar


In a heavy pan heat the cream with the vanilla pod until scalding hot but not boiling. Remove from heat, cover and leave to infuse for 15 minutes. Remove the pod and scrape seeds into the cream with the tip of a knife. Break up the chocolate and stir into the cream until melted and smooth.

Put the egg yolks and icing sugar into a bowl. Beat with a wooden spoon until well blended and then stir in chocolate cream. Pour into ramekin dishes. Stand in a bain-marie. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 for 30 minutes until firm. Remove and cool. Chill overnight or for up to 48 hours. Sprinkle caster sugar over the top and put under a hot grill to caramelise. Serve within 1 hour.