crème brûlée


crème brû·​lée -brᵫ-ˈlā How to pronounce crème brûlée (audio)
: a rich custard topped with caramelized sugar

Examples of crème brûlée in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Betty Rae’s serves a rotating selection of 26 flavors, including lavender honey, cinnamon, creme brulee, and cookie dough. Jenna Thompson, Kansas City Star, 27 June 2024 Menu items at the Brookfield location include a BLT Wedge, a seafood and asparagus omelet, and an espresso creme brulee for dessert. Elaine Rewolinski, Journal Sentinel, 26 Apr. 2024 Desserts include Catalan-style creme brulee and homemade ice creams. Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 27 May 2024 From the start, Yagi’s star menu item has been her black sesame creme brulee. Eric Kim, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2024 The creme brulee was subtle, creamy and sweet but not overwhelming. Brady MacDonald, Orange County Register, 10 May 2024 The crema Catalana Spanish creme brulee was enlivened with orange zest, which added a gorgeous floral note and tamed the sweetness of the silky custard. The Arizona Republic, 22 Apr. 2024 Split a dessert such as the Big Mountain Fudge Cake, spiced carrot cake or creme brulee. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 13 Feb. 2024 Like this one kind of got almost creme brulee vibes, which is cool. New York Times, 17 Nov. 2023

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Word History


French, literally, scorched cream

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crème brûlée was in 1886

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Cite this Entry

“Crème brûlée.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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