Earl Grey Breakfast Creme Brulee: A Modern Twist on a Classic Dessert 

Earl Grey Breakfast Creme Brulee is a modern twist on the classic creme brulee. The recipe is simple and easy to make, making it perfect for brunches or any time of day. It has all the flavors that you need in your morning meal with just a hint of tea flavor. This recipe will give you enough creme brulee for two people; however, feel free to double or triple it if needed! 

How to make Earl Grey Breakfast Creme Brulee 

This is one of my favorite breakfast creme brulee recipes. The taste reminds me of a really good morning tea and that feeling when you get to enjoy some time for yourself in the mornings before starting your day. 

Earl Grey Breakfast Creme Brulee recipe

The Earl Grey Breakfast Creme Brulee tastes like citrus with just a hint of vanilla and milk. It has all the flavors that I need in my morning meal, but it’s not too sweet or heavy on sugar. There are also just enough hints of Earl Grey flavor without being overly powerful so you can still enjoy other foods after this dessert if needed! 


  • 1 ¼ cups milk preferably whole milk 
  • 2 tbsp loose leaf earl grey tea or 2 teabags 
  • 1 vanilla bean 
  • 5 egg yolks 
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar 
  • 1 cup heavy cream or whipping cream 
  • 1 pinch salt 

Step by step Cooking Instructions 

Best Earl Grey Breakfast Creme Brulee recipe

  1. Bring milk, tea bag(s), and vanilla bean to a simmer on the stovetop. 
  2. Remove from heat when it reaches 140 degrees F or 60 degrees C so that you don’t risk scalding your eggs. 
  3. Discard the teabag(s) and vanilla bean (or let cool). Pour into medium bowl with egg yolk mixture, sugar, salt and whisk until incorporated. 
  4. Pour cream for topping over mixture in bowl; stir gently until even distribution of ingredients is achieved but do not mix too much as this can cause problems with creme brulee setting properly later on. 
  5. (Optional: if desired) You may want to strain out any bits of cooked leaves by pouring custard mixture through a fine mesh strainer. 
  6. Pour into ramekins or custard cups (do not overfill). Add the sugar topping, then torch until caramelized. 
  7. Chill in refrigerator for at least one hour before serving. 

Tips and Tricks 

How to make Earl Grey Breakfast Creme Brulee

  • Cream should be chilled before the custard mixture is poured in to ensure that it will set properly. 
  • Pouring caramelized sugar on top of creme brulee can affect how well it sets and you may have a hard time getting it off your ramekin or cup later on 
  • If desired, strain out any bits of cooked leaves by pouring custard mixture through a fine mesh strainer. This step is not necessary but some people prefer their breakfast creme brulees without pieces of tea leaf floating around in them. 


I hope you enjoyed this recipe for Earl Grey Breakfast Creme Brulee. If you’re looking for a delicious and full-energy breakfast, be sure to check out my next blog with the Apple Harvest Oatmeal recipe!

Jennifer Glover