Chocolate Orange Crème Brûlée Recipe

This rich and velvety classic dessert is spiked with a touch of orange and a not-so-light touch of chocolate.
Photo by Farideh Sadeghin

Serves 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour and 30 minutes, plus overnight cooling


4 ounces|115 grams bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 orange, preferably California navel
2 ½ cups|625 ml heavy cream
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier 
¾ cup|187 grams plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 
4 large egg yolks


  1. Heat oven to 300°F. Place the chocolate in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Using a y-shape peeler, peel the zest from the orange and place in a medium saucepan with 2 cups|500 ml of the cream and the vanilla. Heat over medium-low until infused, about 20 minutes, then strain, discarding the orange peels and vanilla pod.
  3. Heat the remaining ½ cup|125 ml of the cream in a small saucepan over medium until bubbles start to form around the edges. Pour over the chocolate and let sit for 2 minutes, then whisk until the chocolate has melted and combined with the cream. Whisk in the infused cream and the Grand Marnier until smooth.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together ¾ cup|187 grams sugar and the egg yolks until smooth. While whisking constantly, slowly add the infused chocolate cream mixture until combined. Pour among 4 (10-ounce) ramekins and place the ramekins in a baking dish. Fill the baking dish with enough water to come up halfway on the outside of the ramekins and bake until the custard has lightly set, about 1 hour. Cool, then cover and refrigerate overnight.
  5. The next day, sprinkle with the remaining sugar and, using a blow torch, torch until golden, then serve.

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