Crème Brûlée Cheesecake divvied up into perfect portions. Served with fresh berries, they're impossible to resist.
At first glance these little individual crème brûlée cheesecakes with fresh berries look like crème brûlée instead, right? I mean exactly like it! But it’s not. I was making these cute little single serving desserts and thought why not?
I love the crunch of a traditional crème brûlée. Brûlée in French means “burnt” because... well, it is. That crunchy, sweet, burned sugar that tops the classic dessert in amazing. A crème brûlée is also very often served with fresh berries on top. But underneath the crunchy topping of these desserts is a simple cheesecake batter instead.
I am a big fan of the individual dessert. There’s little to no serving mess and they can make the cutest presentation. These Meyer lemon pudding cakes are one of my absolute faves! Even savory dishes are perfect made into individual servings. This fresh tomato and feta salad is a perfect example, and so perfect for this time of year, especially with all the heirloom tomatoes at the market right now! Yum!
But... getting back to these cute little buggers. These individual crème brûlée cheesecakes with fresh berries were so easy to make. I used a super simple crust. Not even a crust, really. I just crushed some graham crackers and added a little sugar and sprinkled them in the bottom of my small ramekins. Mixed up a quick cheesecake batter and baked them off.
Small things like this take less time to bake so they were so fast! Once they were done I sprinkled the top with a heavy coating of sugar and pulled out my torch.
I LOVE using my culinary torch! It’s just so much fun. If you don’t have a torch, don’t sweat it. You could easily just broil the tops when you’re ready to serve. Although it’s a great tool to have and they really are relatively inexpensive.
Top the individual cakes with fresh berries of your choice and serve. Don’t skip the berries though. They add such a great freshness that I think is needed.
Your family and friends will love these. I guarantee it!
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