noun (plural crèmes brûlées pronounced same, or crème brûlées /bro͞oˈlāz/)
A dessert of custard topped with caramelized sugar.
- The caramel topping in desserts such as crème brûlée is made by exposing a layer of sugar on the surface to direct heat, e.g. under a grill.
- The dessert menu, meanwhile, goes straight for the sugar rush with creations such as toffee-crisp crème brûlée and strawberry banoffee pie.
- To cap off the meal, try the resto's crème brûlée for dessert, a crispy caramelized crust that yields a fluffy, delicious filling when shattered.
Late 19th century: French, literally 'burned cream'.
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