Caramel Creme Brulee Pie

Caramel Creme Brulee Pie | Very Culinary

by Amy on January 23, 2013 · 18 comments

It’s National Pie Day! So, in other words, a holy day. Around my house, anyway. It’s where we pause, take a deep breath, saunter instead of run, and worship all that is crust. And filling. 

I had a very difficult time deciding what pie to make to honor this momentous day. I have an entire Pinterest board devoted to the very subject.

So which one to make? Do I go with chocolate? Fruit? Citrus? Minty? Cold? Hot? Sweet or savory? (Bwahahahaha. Just kidding on that last one.)

What do I choose? WHAT TO CHOOOOSE?

I suppose I could have just made them all. But, um, I can’t afford new pants. Sooooo……

…custard, it is!

Caramel Creme Brulee Pie_

Is this exactly like Creme Brulee, but with a crust? Well, no. So please, Creme Brulee purists, do not send me hate mail. I get it. But it definitely reminded me of it in taste and texture. The added caramel puts it over the top.

Caramel Crème Brulee Pie
Serves 8
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cool time: 2 hours

• 9-inch deep dish prepared pie crust
• 1 cup Dulce de Leche
• 3 tablespoons cornstarch
• 1 2/3 cup heavy cream
• 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
• 3 egg yolks, beaten
• 3 tablespoons butter
• 1 tablespoon vanilla
• 1/4 (or less) cup sugar for topping
• Whipped cream for garnish, optional

Evenly spread the Dulce de Leche on the bottom of your pie shell; set aside.

In a medium-sized saucepan, over medium heat, mix the cornstarch and the heavy cream together until the cornstarch is completely dissolved. Whisk in the sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks (do this slowly, so the eggs don’t scramble.) Cook until the mixture thickens and just begins to bubble, about 2-3 minutes.  Remove from heat, add the butter and vanilla.  Pour cream mixture into the prepared pie crust.

Chill pie for at least 2 hours to set.

Just before serving, top with granulated sugar and brown using a kitchen torch.  Garnish with sweetened whipped cream, if desired.

NOTE: (1) while the added caramel is absolutely fantastic, it didn’t set like the custard did, and therefore oozed out a little upon slicing. I did find it a bit messy. (2) make sure you serve this right from the refrigerator and cut while cold (3) I chose to put the sugar on after I made all my slices, and then use my torch on each individual piece.

(as seen from Saving Room for Dessert, originally from Dionna Hurt)

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Keegan February 1, 2013 at 9:24 pm

I love creme brulee! I’m curious, what is your method for separating the egg yolks? Doing a little research


Amy February 1, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I just gently use the palm of my hand and fingers. Interesting question!


Kim February 1, 2013 at 1:34 pm

That is one good-looking pie! It looks deceptively light and airy and free of calories.

Might I also add- you are rocking it this year with your recipes! I want to make every one. I should institute a Very Culinary week at my house. That would also be a good time to institute your Brazillian Butt Workout. I think I’m understanding now how you can cook and eat so well and still stay tiny. :-)


Amy February 1, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Lol. Um…ya. This was definitely NOT free of calories ;-) Which is exactly why I do need the treadmill and butt work out.


Lokness @ The Missing Lokness January 25, 2013 at 8:51 am

This sounds so good!! Your pie looks amazing!


Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen January 25, 2013 at 7:28 am

Wow yum, that looks absolutely delicious!


Tricia @ Saving room for dessert January 25, 2013 at 6:11 am

I hope you liked it – we certainly did! Happy Pie Day – yours is lovely.


Amy January 25, 2013 at 7:08 am

Hi Tricia! We did! Thanks for stopping over :D


Smitten Foodie January 24, 2013 at 9:25 am

Oh my, this sounds delicious! I need another excuse to buy that kitchen torch:)



Dani H January 23, 2013 at 8:10 pm

I could live on pie and donuts…. I might not live long, but I’d enjoy myself!

This sounds soooo good! Definitely a recipe I’m going to make for the family!


Joanne January 23, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I petition for this to become a national holiday. ASAP. I mean….how can we be expected to work when there are delicious pies to be eaten!?!


Jay January 23, 2013 at 9:32 am

WOW! I jsut licked my computer screen


Amy January 23, 2013 at 9:35 am

You had poker night when I served this to the family…you missed it! That’ll teach you to have other plans again! ;-)


pam January 23, 2013 at 7:43 am

Good choice!


Melissa January 23, 2013 at 7:11 am

Oh. Yum.


Amy January 23, 2013 at 7:38 am

It was, Melissa. It so was. :D


Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary January 23, 2013 at 6:06 am


That is all.


Amy January 23, 2013 at 7:05 am

HEE. I know, right? I feel ya!


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