Crème brûlée is a classic French dessert that consists of a rich, creamy custard base topped with a layer of caramelized sugar. The custard is typically made with heavy cream, egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla extract, which are mixed together and baked in a water bath until set. After baking, the custard is chilled and then topped with a layer of sugar, which is then caramelized using a culinary torch or broiler.
This creates a crispy, caramelized topping that contrasts with the creamy custard underneath. Crème brûlée is often served in individual ramekins and is a luxurious and elegant dessert that is perfect for special occasions.