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Course: dessert
Total time: under 4 hours
Skill level: Easy
Cost: Inexpensive
Yield: Serves 6
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This no-bake brûlée does not require egg yolks, as the cream is thickened with lime juice. It is wonderfully refreshing, and may be served in small tart shells instead of dishes.


  • 2¼ cups heavy (whipping) cream
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime zest
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 6 tablespoons oven-dried brown sugar (see Notes) or confectioners’ sugar for topping


In a medium saucepan, combine the cream and granulated sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a gentle simmer. Cook for 2 minutes more. Remove from the heat and stir in the lime zest. Gradually stir in the lime juice.

Place six standard-size flan dishes in a baking pan. Divide the custard mixture among the dishes. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.

When ready to serve, place the dishes on a baking sheet and evenly sprinkle 1 tablespoon brown or confectioners’ sugar over each custard. (If using confectioners’ sugar, use a small sieve to sprinkle the sugar.) Using a hand-held blowtorch, caramelize the sugar (see Notes).

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Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving

413kcal (21%)
69mg (7%)
6mg (10%)
367mcg RAE (12%)
122mg (41%)
21g (103%)
33g (51%)
37mg (2%)
0mg (1%)