A Kevin Myers' treat from the RTÉ series 'The Restaurant'.


  • 400 ml cream
  • 2 tblsp dried lavender flowers
  • 4 free range egg yolks
  • 50 g caster sugar (plus extra 20g for caramel topping)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 100°C.
  • Put the cream and the lavender leaves in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat and bring to a gentle simmer.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool for 10 minutes.
  • Then strain the cream removing the lavender.
  • Next whisk the egg yolks, sugar and the vanilla until it has increased in volume and is pale in colour.
  • Then add the cream gradually to this mixture, whisking all the time until it is fully blended.
  • Strain this mixture through a fine sieve and divide it between the ramekins.
  • Place the ramekins in a deep baking tray and pour in hot water until the water reaches half way up the sides.
  • Then cover the baking tray loosely with tinfoil and bake for approximately 40 minutes, or until the brûlées are just set.
  • Take care not to overcook or they will be 'tough'.
  • When the brûlées have cooled, sprinkle the extra caster sugar evenly between the ramekins.
  • Put the ramekins under the grill for 2-3 minutes or until the sugar starts to caramelise.
  • Then remove from the heat and leave to chill while the caramel hardens.
  • Serve with a Madeleine biscuit.

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