Genius Cinnamon Scented Creme Brulee


  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 5 tablespoons for topping
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Hot water


1. In a large microwaveable mixing bowl, microwave cream and cinnamon sticks together uncovered for 2 minutes at power 10. Meanwhile, whisk together egg yolks, 1/4 cup sugar and vanilla extract in a separate large mixing bowl until combined. Whisking constantly, pour heated cream in a thin stream down the side of the bowl of egg mixture.

2. Once combined, divide custard among four 1/2-cup ramekins (or any ovenproof or microwaveable container, like a mug). Place custards in a shallow microwaveable dish, making sure they don't touch one another. Pour hot water between the ramekins until it reaches two-thirds of the way up the sides. Microwave at power 6 until centre of custards is just set, about 4-5 minutes.

3. Remove from the microwave and let completely cool in the water. When cool, refrigerate covered for at least 1 hour. Once custards have rested, heat oven to broil and, once heated, sprinkle 4 teaspoons of sugar on each custard. Place custards under broiler for about 3-4 minutes, or until the tops are caramelized and golden brown; watch carefully to avoid burning. Remove from oven and serve.