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Cooking 101 Tip: Forget ice cream from the freezer. Treat yourself to a dessert like Raspberry & White Chocolate Crème Brûlée! Chef Jean-Pierre says the secret to a good crème brûlée is to bake it in water bath. After you've followed the dessert recipes for crème brûlée from the Cooking 101 recipe book, fill a shallow lasagna pan with enough hot water so that the dishes sit ¾ in the water. The water surrounds the crème brûlée with gentle heat, which protects the delicate custard from curdling.