Bourbon Vanilla Creme Brulee

It’s Derby Week here in Louisville, so I made this to get in the spirit!  Regular vanilla and a regular vanilla bean can be substituted in the recipe below.

15 oz can of cream of coconut
4 egg yolks
2 teaspoons of bourbon vanilla extract
1 Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean, seeds removed and shell discarded
1/8 cup raw honey
maple sugar crystals (for topping)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Whisk the first 5 ingredients together until smooth.  Pour into 4 ramekins.

Place ramekins in a baking dish and fill to the halfway point of the outside of the ramekins with boiling water.

Bake 2 hours. Let cool for 30 minutes.

Cover.  Refrigerate overnight.  They need this time to set.

When ready to eat, sprinkle each creme with a thin layer of maple sugar crystals.  Torch until the sugar is caramelized.


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  1. Dawnette Arsht says:

    Where can I find Bourbon Vanilla extract and beans? I've not seen them anywhere.

    Thanks, this looks amazing!

    • Vanilla beans are fairly common. Just look in the spice aisle…they are usually the last one (bottom right) of the spices. I bought my bourbon vanilla at Trader Joes. If you can’t find any, regular vanilla will work just fine. :-)

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