Instructions for a Creme Brulee Torch

By Camela Bryan

A creme brulee torch is the ultimate cooking luxury. It is used to quickly caramelize the topping on this elegant dessert, a rich smooth custard topped with a crisp melted-sugar crust. Breaking the crust on a creme brulee with a spoon has been called one of life's greatest small pleasures.

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Creme Brulee

Filling the Torch

Step 1

Shake fuel container several times. This warms the fuel.

Step 2

Move the flame adjustment lever on the torch to the lowest setting.

Step 3

Insert the nozzle of the gas container into the refuel valve of the torch using a pumping motion.

Step 4

Wait a few minutes for the gas to stabilize before you use the torch.

Operating the Torch

Step 1

Push the air control lever as far back as possible.

Step 2

Open the flame adjustment lever to the highest setting.

Step 3

Unlock the safety lock if your torch has one.

Step 4

Press the ignition. This should ignite your flame immediately. Hold the ignition button down to keep the flame on. Release the ignition button to extinguish the flame.

Step 5

Adjust the flame control until your flame is about 1/2 inch in length.

Step 6

Turn off flame by releasing ignition lever. When you finish using the torch make sure the flame is completely out and the adjustment knob is completely closed.

Caramelizing Sugar

Step 1

Sprinkle the custard evenly with sugar. Use a teaspoon of sugar for each ramekin.

Step 2

Ignite your torch and move the flame evenly over the surface of the custard until the sugar melts and browns.

Step 3

Place the custard in the refrigerator for at least 45 minutes to harden the sugar.