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Lime Leaf Crème Brûlée

Lime Leaf Crème Brûlée

Learn how to make Lime Leaf Crème Brûlée - silky, smooth and with a delicate lime flavour.

Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Manuela Zangara


  • 3 egg yolks
  • 15 fresh lime leaves washed and dried
  • 70 gms – 1/3 cup sugar + 2 tbsp for the top
  • 500 ml – 2 cups milk
  • 20 gms – 2 tbsp corn starch


  1. Put the milk and fresh lime leaves in a pot.  Bring to a boil, then put the fire off and let the lime leaves infuse the milk for 30 to 60 minutes.  Then sieve the mixture.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and corn starch until white and fluffy.
  3. Put the egg yolk mixture on the fire and slowly add the milk, while whisking constantly.
  4. Cook on a medium flame until it boils and the cream thickens.  It will be quite frothy at the beginning, but the foam will disappear once it starts to boil (at this point, the crème brûlée will be ready).
  5. Divide the cream between 4 ramekins and let it cool down. When at room temperature, put it in the fridge until you are ready to serve it.
  6. Just before serving, sprinkle ½ tablespoon of sugar on each crème brûlée and brûlée it using a torch.
  7. Serve immediately.