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Cheats berry crème brûlée

Serves   4
Prep time: 20 mins + chilling time
Cooking time: 0

Everyone loves a classic Creme Brulee, but this foolproof version takes half the time to execute! With pops of raspberry and vanilla hidden beneath a crisp caramelised shell, this dessert is a beautiful end to any meal. For a delicious beer pairing, enjoy this dessert with your favourite porter or stout. 






  • 200g mascarpone
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 400g store bought custard
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries 
  • ¼ cup caster sugar 
  • Shortbread to serve, if desired

Beer matches: 

  • 8 Wired iStout
  • Kereru Night Spirit Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
  • Renaissance Elemental Porter
  • Sprig & Fern Scotch Ale
  • Sunshine Brewing Stout



  1. Using a whisk or electric beater, beat the mascarpone and vanilla until smooth. Add ½ of the custard and fold through with a spatula until incorporated, then fold through the remaining custard. 
  2. Place the raspberries into the base of 4-6 ramekins, then spoon the custard mixture over the top. Tap lightly on your bench to flatten the custard surface, then place into the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour. 
  3. Once chilled, remove from the fridge and sprinkle the caster sugar in a thin, even layer over the creme brulees. Using a blowtorch, gently torch the sugar until golden and caramelised. 
  4. Serve immediately once torched, or keep covered in the fridge for up to 24 hours.