Recipes to Raise Your Profits: 18-Minute Pumpkin Creme Brulee

Creme brulee has been a classic dessert favorite for centuries. Its creamy base and brittle caramel top are perfect for finishing off any style of meal. This dish is typically made with a bain marie, which can easily ruin the delicate custard or make a mess in your kitchen. Our recipe instead uses a combi oven that cooks with steam, so you don’t have to worry about the water bath or the time needed to bake the custard in a convection oven. If you want a seasonal dessert that will avoid these pitfalls and raise your profits, keep reading to find out our recipe for 18-minute pumpkin creme brulee.

What is Pumpkin Creme Brulee?

The term “creme brulee” means “burnt cream” in French. This makes a lot of sense since the recipe consists of an egg custard that’s topped with a hard caramel coating. Usually, the custard is baked in a bain marie, or water bath, before being sprinkled with sugar that's burned and caramelized with a broiler or butane torch. This can be a lengthy process, with the custard baking in the bain marie for close to an hour. However, we made our recipe with a combi oven, which uses steam as a cooking method to evenly distribute heat, eliminating the need for the water bath.

Traditionally, the dish is only made with vanilla, but many restaurants add other flavors to make the dish seasonal or more appropriate for a specific event. Chocolate, lavender, citrus, and cinnamon are all popular options. We chose to include pumpkin and some autumn spices in our recipe because nothing screams “fall” quite like pumpkin.

History of Creme Brulee

Like most classic dishes, the exact origin of creme brulee is unknown. The name would suggest a French origin, and there have been documents dating it as a French dessert as far back as 1691. There are also Trinity cream and crema catalana, which are similar desserts from England and Spain that claim to be the origin of this dish.

Why is Creme Brulee Popular?

While it sounds fancy and is often served in upscale establishments, creme brulee is very simple and inexpensive to make. With only a handful of ingredients, you can create a dessert that looks and tastes more complicated than it is. As an added bonus, by using a combi oven instead of the traditional bain marie, you can speed up the time it takes to prepare the dessert and won’t need to worry about a stray splash of water affecting your bottom line.

Cost Breakdown of Pumpkin Creme Brulee

The style of restaurant, serving size, and recipe you decide to use can affect how much this dish costs to make as well as how much you charge for it. We looked at menus from a variety of different restaurants and other foodservice establishments that serve creme brulee and found that the prices ranged from $6-$12, with most listing around $8 per serving. Even with the extra spices and ingredients added in, our recipe only cost about $3.50 to make one serving, which leaves you with a large profit margin for this sophisticated treat.

  • Sold on Menu - $8
  • Food Cost per Serving - $3.50
  • Profit Margin per Serving - $4.50
  • Pumpkin Creme Brulee Recipe

    Our recipe makes 6 servings of creme brulee that are 4 oz. each. The ramekins we used were deeper than traditional creme brulee dishes, so they require longer baking times than their shallower counterparts (about 18 minutes as opposed to 11 minutes). Check out the video below for our full recipe for pumpkin creme brulee!


    • 5 egg yolks
    • 1 egg
    • 17 oz. heavy cream
    • 4.5 oz. sugar
    • 3 tbsp. pumpkin
    • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
    • ½ tsp. cinnamon
    • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
    • ¼ tsp. cloves


    1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and whisk them together.
    2. Strain the cream mixture into a pitcher.
    3. Pour the batter into 4 oz. ramekins.
    4. Preheat your oven to 220 degrees Fahrenheit.
    5. Steam your batter at 220 degrees for 5 minutes.
    6. Lower your oven’s temperature to 212 degrees and steam for an additional 13 minutes.
    7. Remove your ramekins from the oven and put them in a refrigerator or blast chiller for at least 10 minutes or until completely cool. Keep the custard cool until you’re ready to serve.
    8. Right before serving, sprinkle a thin layer of sugar on top of the custard, and brown it using a torch.

    Pumpkin creme brulee is a delicious seasonal treat that your customers will love. While it seems like a complicated, time-consuming dessert, you’ll be amazed at how quick and easy it is to prepare. Best of all, by using the steam settings on your combi oven instead of the traditional water bath, you won’t need to worry about ruining your custard or making a mess with the water.

    Posted in: Consumables | By Alyssa Burns

    Choosing and Organizing Your Restaurant Booth Seating

    How many times have customers requested to be seated in a booth at your bar or restaurant? Booths are a popular seating option that keep guests comfortable while also bringing them closer together with friends and family. As you go about organizing your dining room, be sure to incorporate strategic restaurant booth spacing while also keeping your overall restaurant layout dimensions in mind. The suggestions below will help you select the right booths for your business, and the accompanying diagram offers ideas on how you can arrange your dining room to keep guests comfortable and make the most of your space.

    Why Choose Booths for Your Restaurant?

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    Booths are a great choice for any bar or restaurant for a variety of reasons. They not only enhance your guests' privacy and comfort, but also create less traffic and eliminate the need for servers to walk around all four sides of a table. Similarly, they add a touch of warmth to your front-of-house and are available in a wide variety of colors, styles, and designs.

    Despite their higher initial cost, in the long run, booths provide one of the most cost- and space-efficient layouts you can choose for your dining room. For example, a four person booth covers around 3,000 square inches of floor space, while a four person table with a base and four chairs can exceed 5,000 square inches. In this case, choosing a booth provides 30% more revenue and allows you to seat more customers on your busiest money-making nights. Consequently, booth seating will help you save both valuable floor space and your bottom line.

    Selecting the Perfect Booths

    With the wide variety of dining room booths to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect combination of colors, designs, and styles for your bar or restaurant. For example, you can choose between single, double, wall bench, 1/2 circle, and 3/4 circle types in many different lengths, widths, and heights.

    Additionally, you can select from a variety of welt cord, head roll, top cap, end cap, and outside back configurations. You might also consider pairing a wall bench with small tables, which allows for easy conversation among couples but can be quickly transformed into a larger table for big groups.

    Creating an Effective Restaurant Booth Layout

    When designing a booth layout for your business, considering restaurant booth seating dimensions is obviously very important. You should always make sure to factor dining room table sizes into your calculations, as well. A standard layout allows the table edge to align vertically with the outer edge of the booth seat, which results in a comfortable 16-18" seating depth. Booths paired with 30" wide tables require 72" from the centers of each top cap, while 24" wide tables only require 66". Ultimately, an awareness of booth dimensions for restaurant seating is one of the easiest ways to maximize the amount of guests you can serve, which will increase your business's profits.

    For reference, here are the most common restaurant booth size standards, all of which are incorporated in the chart below:

    Booth Type Booth Length Booth Width Seats
    Single 46" 23" 1 person per 24" of length
    Double 46" 44" 1 person per 24" of length
    Wall Bench Customizable 23" 1-3 people per side depending upon length
    1/2 Circle 46" 88" 2-4 people
    3/4 Circle 88" 88" 4-6 people

    Restaurant Seating Chart Example

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    It is also important to note that when pairing a 24" table with a booth, cantilever table bases are your best bet. These tables are anchored to the wall underneath the table and offer strong support without sacrificing valuable leg room for guests. The diagram above presents a variety of different booth size and spacing combinations to give you an idea of how different configurations might work in your business.

    Choosing and organizing restaurant booths for your dining room is an important aspect of keeping guests satisfied, comfortable, and coming back again and again. Whether you choose an upholstered button tufted booth for your diner or a wooden model for your upscale bistro, these items are also an aesthetically-pleasing addition to any space. Ultimately, booths are space-efficient, cost-effective, and the perfect addition to any foodservice business.

    Posted in: Furniture | By Nora Fulmer

    How to Use WebstaurantStore's Rapid Reorder Tool

    If you operate a restaurant, bar, buffet, or catering business and order your supplies from us, then you should be taking advantage of our Rapid Reorder feature! This tool is unique to WebstaurantStore, and it ensures that your shopping experience is as quick and easy as possible. Read on for more information on this tool, its benefits, and how to properly use it.

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    What is Rapid Reorder?

    Rapid Reorder is a great feature that’s accessible to registered users. This tool allows customers to view all of their past purchases from WebstaurantStore, so they can quickly reorder an item without having to search for it again on the website. Not only does this feature make the user’s shopping experience easier, but it also shaves valuable minutes off the ordering process. To enjoy the benefits of Rapid Reorder, you must be a WebstaurantStore registered user. If you are not registered, you can do so here.

    Benefits of Rapid Reorder

    There are many benefits of the Rapid Reorder tool that make it such a great feature for WebstaurantStore customers! Check out the list below to see how Rapid Reorder can benefit you:

    • A detailed log of all your past purchases is kept.
    • The need to search the website for products you've already ordered is eliminated.
    • You don't have to look back at your paper invoices to find exact item numbers, since they're all listed out on the Rapid Reorder page.
    • You can adjust the quantity of the item on your Rapid Reorder page. For example, if one month you need to order 4 cases of plastic silverware, but the next time, you only need 2 cases, you can easily adjust that quantity.
    • Each item on the Rapid Reorder page links you straight to the actual product, so you can read its full description.
    • Your past purchases can be filtered by date ordered, item name, and item number for easy navigation.

    When Should Rapid Reorder Be Used?

    Any foodservice or hospitality professional who orders the same product more than once but doesn’t reorder consistently enough to benefit from using Auto Reorder, may find the Rapid Reorder feature convenient. For example, say you operate a cafeteria and order bulk amounts of disposables on a quarterly basis. You think you ordered enough products to last until the winter, but then you run out of dispenser napkins in October. If you really liked the specific napkins you purchased previously, but can’t remember their brand, style, or thickness, you can simply log into your account to view and quickly add the exact product to your cart for checkout.

    How to Use Rapid Reorder

    Check out the image below to see the step-by-step process of using the Rapid Reorder feature.

    • Step 1. Login to your account and navigate to the Rapid Reorder tab on the left side of your screen.
    • Step 2. Browse the list that includes every item you’ve ever purchased from WebstaurantStore to find the item you’d like to reorder.
    • Step 3. Locate the item or items and adjust the quantities, if needed.
    • Step 4. Add the item to your cart and continue the normal checkout process.

    Now that you know how to use our Rapid Reorder feature, it's time to start shopping! By taking advantage of this tool, you're sure to save time during your shopping experience, allowing you to focus more on your business. If you have any questions about Rapid Reorder, feel free to contact our customer service team via phone or chat.

    Posted in: Company Information | By Ashley Kufera

    10 Ways Beer Makes You Healthier

    We’ve all heard about the health benefits of drinking red wine, but what about different types of beer? As the craft beer movement grows, more studies are being conducted regarding the health effects of drinking beer. Surprisingly, our favorite brews are better for our health than we previously thought.

    This post details ten beer health facts that explain why consuming this popular beverage is actually healthy in moderation, which is enough for us to raise our glasses in celebration. Cheers!

    10 Positive Health Effects of Drinking Beer

    1. Prevents Kidney Stones

    Beer contains high levels of potassium, which acts as a diuretic. This effect is great for the overall health of your kidneys and can even help prevent painful kidney stones from forming. To further back this up, a study published in 2013 analyzed whether the consumption of different popular beverages increased the risk for kidney stones. As a result, researchers determined that beer and wine drinkers were associated with lower risk for kidney stones than soda drinkers.

    2. Improves Heart Health

    Beer can actually raise levels of HDL, which is the good cholesterol your body needs (as opposed to LDL, the bad type of cholesterol). Having higher levels of HDL lowers your risk of heart attack and hypertension. A study conducted over a period of 16 years also found that men who had high blood pressure but drank beer and other alcoholic beverages in moderation had fewer heart attacks and strokes than their non-drinking counterparts.

    3. Contains B Vitamins

    Your favorite cold brew contains several essential B vitamins, especially vitamin B6, which is important for hormone regulation and healthy brain function. In fact, beer actually contains more protein and B vitamins than wine, despite the fact that wine is often considered the healthier choice.

    4. Enhances Brain Function

    Believe it or not, drinking beer might actually aid your overall cognitive health. Researchers don’t completely understand this benefit yet, but a study conducted at the Linus Pauling Institute determined that Xanthohumol (a compound found in hops) increased brain function in young mice. They say that this finding will only help to further our knowledge of Xanthohumol’s benefits for humans.

    5. Helps With Exercise Recovery

    The polyphenols that are found in beer hops can reduce inflammation in the muscles and joints. A study at the University of Granada in Spain found that drinking a pint of non-alcoholic beer post workout was actually more hydrating than the same amount of water. While most of us don’t drink non-alcoholic beer, we can still benefit from the polyphenols found in regular draughts (although alcohol will, unfortunately, negate hydration effects).

    6. Good For GI Health

    Beer contains soluble fiber from malt, which is essential to the brewing process and aids in overall GI health. It also stimulates the production of necessary stomach enzymes. This benefit is especially helpful when we eat less-than-healthy bar foods with our beer.

    7. Improves Bone Health

    Beer contains silicon, which has been proven to keep bones strong. Silicon can also help ward off osteoporosis while lowering your risk of bone fractures. While calcium is still important for bone health, you shouldn't feel guilty for swapping a glass of milk for a pint every now and then.

    8. Staves Off Type 2 Diabetes

    Chemicals called isohumulones, which contribute to the bitter taste in beer, can act to keep blood sugars at a healthy level, reducing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Because beer is known by many as a source of “empty” carbs, this benefit may come as a pleasant surprise.

    9. Can Prevent Common Colds

    The antioxidants found in goji berries and acai are also floating around in your pint glass. These helpful chemicals are especially prevalent in fruit beers, and they work to keep the common cold at bay. So, the next time you feel a cold coming on, consider drinking a beer or two instead of the usual orange juice.

    10. Relieves Stress

    Finally, there’s nothing quite like the stress relief that comes from indulging in your favorite brew. Drinking beer is not only delicious, but can also lower your blood pressure and help you sleep better. The fact that many beer lovers prefer to drink while relaxing with friends could also lead to the release of stress.

    So, if you were looking for an excuse to fill up a growler with your favorite beer, look no further. While this list describes the benefits of drinking beer in moderation, we think it should be enough to keep you from feeling guilty about sampling a few beers this weekend.


    Posted in: Bar Supplies | By Sabrina Bomberger
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