Earl Grey Breakfast Creme Brulee

This recipe is meant for 1 person so if you ever feel like making dessert but are worried you can’t finish it all, this recipe is already portion controlled 🙂 Best of all, you can easily scale up this recipe so if you want to make it for 2, just double all the ingredients!

How to make Earl Grey Breakfast Creme Brulee


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


Adjust your oven rack to the middle position and heat oven to 300 degrees.

In a sauce pan combine vanilla bean, vanilla bean seeds (caviar), half and half, milk, sugar, and salt. Whisk to combine and bring the mixture to a heavy simmer/low boil. Remove from heat. Add in 4 Earl Grey tea bags and allow to steep for a few minutes. Drain the tea bags of excess milk. Discard the tea bags.

In a small bowl or dish whisk together the egg yolks and cornstarch until they are combined and smooth. Temper the eggs with about a 1/2 cup of the hot milk mixture, whisking the milk into the eggs as you pour. This will prevent the eggs from curdling. Once the eggs are tempered, whisk the whole thing into hot milk mixture.