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Brûléed Yogurt with Fresh Fruit

Brûléed Yogurt with Strawberries and Kiwis from @loveandoliveoil

Mornings are boring. Cereal is boring. Yogurt is boring. Unfortunately I rarely have, or want to devote, enough time to make something for breakfast that is not boring. This recipe is literally ready in minutes, and just might change my mind about boring yogurt once and for all.

This recipe was inspired by a dish served at the Alchemy restaurant in Ashland, Oregon, where I stayed during a blogger event last fall. The restaurant served the most amazing breakfasts, and the seemingly simple pot of yogurt they brought out was no exception. Not just ordinary yogurt, it had a layer of crunchy brûléed sugar on top. I mean, talk about brilliant. I love me some creme brûlée, and to put the same caramelized sugar topping on yogurt? Life changing.

Brûléed Yogurt with Strawberries and Kiwis from @loveandoliveoil

Granted, yogurt doesn’t brûlée quite as easily as baked custard, especially if you use one of the looser European style yogurts (as I did). Greek yogurt, with its firm texture, might caramelize more easily. Regardless of which kind of yogurt you use, you may have to torch a few thin layers of sugar before it starts to really caramelize.

Also, brûlée has far too many accent marks. That many in one word should be illegal. Ok, I realize it’s only two but it seems like more because I never know which marks go where and how to make them on my computer keyboard. Thank you Google and copy/paste for ensuring my brûlée is properly accented.

Now… what can I brûlée next…

Brûléed Yogurt with Fresh Fruit

Sweetened vanilla yogurt mixed with fresh fruit and a crunchy caramelized sugar topping will make your morning delightful.

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  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (use your favorite kind, such as Greek or European)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey (or more to taste)
  • 1/4 cup chopped strawberries or kiwi fruit
  • 2 strawberries or 1 kiwi fruit, very thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar


  1. In a bowl, combine yogurt, vanilla, and honey. Fold in chopped fruit. Divide yogurt among two 6 ounce ramekins.
  2. Arrange sliced fruit on top of yogurt. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon sugar evenly over top of each ramekin. With a kitchen torch, heat the surface of the yogurt, moving slowly but constantly, until sugar melts and starts to caramelize. If sugar isn’t caramelizing but just soaking into the yogurt, let cool for a few minutes, then sprinkle with more sugar and torch again. Repeat until you’ve built up a layer of sugar and then it should caramelize. Serve immediately.
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  1. hello. your tip of using a broiler in the other crème brulee recipies if you don’t have a torch..would it work here as well?

  2. Is it possible to substitute the sugar for honey or agave? Would it caramelize?

  3. Where did you get those adorable spoons?!

  4. I totally agree with you on the boring breakfast thing, it tends to be my least favorite meal of the day, and eating my yogurt gets to be such a chore- but not with a little brûlée action! Great idea!!! 

  5. I am definitely going to have to get a torch! Genius!

  6. This is genius!! The only thing that puts me off a bit is having to buy that creme brulee (sorry about the missed accents) torch. I wonder if it would work under a grill, too? Worth a try!

  7. Such a genius idea to brûlée a yoghurt! Saving this one in my Evernote to try out :)

  8. I love your cat spoons!
    I still need a torch to make that boring yoghurt an exciting one, but its definitely on the list!

  9. I love brulee! This looks amazing and love the food styling :)

  10. This is such a wonderful idea!  I love yogurt, and this would be such a fun way to change it up.

  11. Can’t wait to try this. My family loves yogurt. But most importantly I must have some of those darling cat spoons. Please tell us where we can find them.

  12. I can’t wait to try this and like everyone else, love those spoons!!

  13. I’m obsessed with creme brûlée so this looks the absolute perfect breakfast for me. YUM!

  14. love it!! looks SO delicious!!

  15. THOSE SPOONS.  that is all.

  16. What a great breakfast! Definitely want this this morning. Love the spoons!

  17. This looks lovely! Just the thing my family would love any time of the day, but…..where did you find those spoons?!?!

  18. Whoa. Now, I do love me some yogurt, but this is just mind blowing right here. I think if I tried this, I would never be able to go back to regular old yogurt which IS starting to sound super boring right now…

  19. Super cute cat spoons! Love this spruced up breakfast :)

  20. This looks delicious! I am a big fan of Greek yogurt but agree that it can get a bit boring day after day. On another note, where did you get those adorable cat spoons?? Love! 

  21. I love Creme Brûlée and doing healthier with yogurt is ingenious! 

  22. Wow, what a creative idea to upgrade the breakfast dish! I’m sure going to try it!

  23. This is such a great idea! It would be impressive for breakfast if you’re hosting guests or for making for myself when I just need to change up the routine. Great photos!

  24. This is such a cool idea!! Definitely need to try!

  25. I recently made creme brulee and I needed to do the copy/paste thing to ensure my accent marks were in the right places, too! And my torch, another use for it – this is great! I have been wanting to put it to use more – this is a wee bit healthier than creme brulee & looks perfect! pinned

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