This version of crème caramel combines the creamy, velvety texture of the classic dessert with the exotic tang of passion fruit, creating a delightful contrast of flavors. The rich vanilla base and the vibrant, fruity topping make this dessert not only delicious but also visually appealing.


For the Caramel:

  • 160g caster sugar

For the Custard:

  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out
  • 600ml whole milk
  • 6 large free-range eggs
  • 100g caster sugar

For the Passion Fruit Topping:

  • 3 ripe passion fruits


  1. Prepare the Caramel:
    • In a medium saucepan, spread the 160g of caster sugar evenly. Heat over medium-low heat, watching closely but not stirring, until the sugar melts and turns a golden amber color.
    • Quickly pour the caramel into a round baking dish (about 9 inches in diameter), swirling to coat the bottom of the dish evenly. Set aside to cool and harden.
  2. Make the Custard:
    • Preheat your oven to 160°C (320°F).
    • In a saucepan, combine the milk and the scraped vanilla pod and seeds. Heat over medium until it just begins to simmer, then remove from heat and let steep for a few minutes to infuse the vanilla flavor.
    • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and 100g caster sugar until well combined. Gradually pour the warm milk through a sieve into the egg mixture, stirring continuously to blend without cooking the eggs.
  3. Bake the Crème Caramel:
    • Pour the custard mixture over the hardened caramel in the baking dish.
    • Place the baking dish in a larger roasting pan and fill the pan with boiling water halfway up the sides of the baking dish.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for about 50-60 minutes, or until the custard is just set but still slightly wobbly in the center.
    • Remove from the oven and let cool, then chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  4. Prepare the Passion Fruit Topping:
    • Halve the passion fruits and scoop out the pulp into a small bowl.
    • Just before serving, spoon the passion fruit pulp over the set crème caramel.
  5. Serve:
    • To serve, carefully run a knife around the edge of the crème caramel, then invert onto a serving plate, allowing the caramel to flow over the custard.
    • Spoon over the passion fruit topping and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 350
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Protein: 10g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • Chilling Time: 4 hours


  • Serves: 6-8 people

Crème caramel with passion fruit is a refreshing twist on a beloved dessert classic. The creamy, smooth texture of the custard perfectly complements the bright, acidic flavor of passion fruit, making this dish a sophisticated treat that is sure to impress at any dinner party or special occasion. Enjoy the melding of flavors and the delightful contrast in textures!

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