Banana Creme Brulee

By Jeri Mobley-Arias
March 16, 2022 | Updated on February 20, 2024

This banana creme brulee recipe is to die for. Six simple ingredients is all you need to make this elegant and simple to make dessert that is a must-have in your recipe repertoire.

If you are looking for more dessert recipes, then try my Passion Fruit Panna Cotta recipe, next! And for more recipes with banana, try my Sticky Toffee Pudding with Banana and Brown Butter Banana Bread.

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Banana Creme Brulee

When it comes to making dessert, I want something that is low effort, high reward, and this easy banana creme brulee recipe fits the bill. Rich, creamy, elegant, and indulgent, this lovely dessert is perfect for date night at home or if you want to impress your guests.

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Ingredients to Make Banana Creme Brulee

The best part about this banana brulee–other than the exquisite taste–is that it calls for minimal ingredients. All you need is 6 simple ingredients, that’s it!

  • Banana – make sure to use very ripe bananas. The browner the peel, the better.
  • Egg yolk – Egg whites are separated and yolks are only used. I usually make creme brulee in the morning, so I use leftover egg whites for a breakfast omelet. No wasting, here!
  • Heavy cream – This is where the brulee gets its richness.
  • Pure vanilla extract – Use the good stuff. I always have a bottle of this pure vanilla extract in my pantry.
  • Sugar – Added to the egg yolk and used for the crunchy top us creme brulee fiends love to crack.
  • Salt – Sprinkled atop the yolks
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How to Make Banana Creme Brulee

This easy banana creme brulee recipe only requires a few steps

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F and move oven rack to the middle. Add very ripe bananas to a bowl and mash. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, add cream, pure vanilla extract and mashed bananas. Whisk, making sure banana is broken up into tiny pieces. Heat over a medium-low flame for a few minutes just until you begin to see steam rise from the mixture. Remove from heat, set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, add yolks, salt and sugar to a mixing bowl. Whisk until light and creamy. Set aside
  4. Place a double-rod strainer over a mixing bowl. Pour in cream mixture and use a spatula to sieve the cream, separating it from the banana. Discard banana.
  5. Temper the eggs by stirring in one quarter of the cream into the egg mixture and whisk. Repeat until fully combined. Skim and discard any foam from the top.
  6. Place four 6-ounce ramekins into a baking dish then pour in mixture. Add boiling water halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake for 40-50 minutes, checking at the 40-minute mark. Centers should be step, having a wobble when you tap the sides.
  7. Cool completely, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  8. When ready to serve, top each custard with a teaspoon of sugar. Carefully torch in a circular motion, 4 inches away from the top, until sugar melts and turns an amber color.
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How to Brûlée the Top

Once the custard is set and has chilled for a few hours, it’s time to brûlée the top. This step is fairly simple, the key is to make sure that sugar is evenly sprinkled across the top of the custard and that you torch the sugar in a circular motion to ensure even cooking.

Below are a few additional tips to ensure you get that perfect crunchy topping. Don’t be intimidated by these suggestions, as this guide will help you perfect that beautiful crust.

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  • Hold the flame about 4-5 inches from creme brulee. If the flame is too close, the sugar will burn.
  • Start with 1 teaspoon of sugar and evenly sprinkle across the top. Tap the ramekin on the counter to help with evening out the layer of sugar. After torching, repeat this step two more times to get that perfect CRUNCH.
  • Torch the top just until you see an even layer that’s amber in color. A dark top indicates burnt (and bitter) sugar.

How to Know When the Custard is Done Baking?

  1. After baking for 35-45 minutes, gently tap the sides of the ramekin. If the custard was a wobble and the top stays intact, that’s fine.
  2. The top of the custard should have a slight spring to it upon touching it, leaving your finger clean.
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Tips for Making the Best Brulee

  • Temper the eggs. Even though the cream mixture is scalding hot, it is important to incrementally add it to the eggs and sugar so as to not cook the eggs. When added too quickly or if the cream mixture is too hot, you can end up with scrambled eggs.
  • Use very ripe bananas to ensure for deep banana flavor. Aim for bananas with brown spots throughout the peel as this will deepen the banana flavor.
  • Use quality ingredients. Since this creme brulee recipe only calls for a few ingredients, go for organic heavy cream and pure vanilla extract. Trust me, you will taste the difference.
  • Skim the foam. After whisking the eggs and creamy together, Skim the foam from the top of the mixture.
  • Custard keeps for 3 days. If you want to make this ahead of time, simply bake the custard, cool, then refrigerate for up to 3 days before torching the sugary top.
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Banana Creme Brulee

5 from 5 votes
This Banana Creme Brulee recipe is to die for. Six simple ingredients is all you need to make this elegant and simple to make dessert that is a must-have in your recipe repertoire.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Refrigerate 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes
Servings 3 people
Author Jeri Mobley-Arias
Course Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 cup very ripe bananas, mashed, about 3 medium
  • cups heavy cream
  • 5 egg yolks
  • teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt Diamond Crystal brand
  • 5 tablespoons sugar, plus more for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F and move oven rack to the middle. Add ripe bananas to a bowl and mash. Set aside.
  • In a saucepan, add cream, pure vanilla extract and mashed bananas. Whisk, making sure banana is broken up into tiny pieces. Heat over a medium-low flame for a few minutes just until you begin to see steam rise from the mixture. Remove from heat, set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, add yolks, salt and sugar. Whisk until light and creamy. Set aside.
  • Sieve mixture over a mixing bowl. Pour in cream mixture and use a spatula to sieve the cream, separating it from the banana. Discard banana.
  • Temper the eggs by stirring in one quarter of the cream into the egg mixture and whisk. Repeat until fully combined. Skim and discard any foam from the top.
  • Place four 6-ounce ramekins into a baking dish then pour mixture into ramekins. Next, pour boiling water in baking dish until water reaches halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake for 35-50 minutes, checking at the 35-minute mark. Centers should be set, with a slight wobble when you tap the sides. *See notes for more info on cooking* Cool completely on a wire rack, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  • When ready to serve, top each custard with a teaspoon of sugar. Carefully torch in a circular motion, 4 inches away from the top, until sugar melts and turns an amber color.

NOTES

Cooking Suggestion Times
Keep in mind that not ovens will cook the same, so cooking times will vary. While my creme brulee is complete at about 45 minutes, some have remarked that 35 minutes was enough time for them. 
My suggestion is to check on the creme cups at the 35 minute mark and check every 5 minutes until creme is completely set with a jiggle when tapped to ensure not to overcook.
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8 Comments

  1. Anastasia says...

    5 stars
    Two of my favorite things combined. Didn’t know it was this easy to make creme brulee. I made it for my husband and we both loved it. The flavor and texture were perfect. Going to make it again soon for a few friends we’re hosting. Thank you!

  2. Kristen D. says...

    5 stars
    The flavor was incredible.. My kids and I really enjoyed making this and the best part for me is that we only needed SIX ingredients. Wow. Delicious and easy recipe. Thank you!

  3. nana says...

    5 stars
    Made this for my boyfriend who loves all-things banana. We had a bunch of bananas that were nearing its end, so this was a great way to use them. It was wildly good. Perfect date night dessert and a creative way to use overripe bananas.

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