CREMA CATALANA (SPANISH CUSTARD)

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Crema Catalana is a Spanish custard sweet that is rich, liberal thus simple to make! This formula makes Spain’s rendition of creme brulee, and it is SO scrumptious!

Spain (crema catalana) and France (crème brulee) both case title to the scrumptious custard dessert, yet there are contentions over who made it first.

Evidently, every nation guarantees that the other took the first and afterward changed the name. While the two custards are comparable, there are some outstanding contrasts.

Utilizing a conventional round iron (known as a Catalana iron) to singe the sugar on top is truly basic. Try not to be threatened; it requires 3 minutes over a fire to warm the iron up.

When it’s hot, it requires around 20 seconds with it being hung on top of the dish to dissolve the sugar.

Then again, utilize a kitchen light or spot the custards on a sheet container under a stove oven. Watch them cautiously so the sugar doesn’t get excessively dull and you ought to be a great idea to go!

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla bean (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 1 orange (4 strips orange peel)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 10 egg yolks (save egg whites for other use)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp corn starch
  • ½ cup turbinado sugar (finishing sugar)

Instructions

  1. Using a paring knife make a slit down the middle of the vanilla bean, keeping the ends intact. Peel 4 strips of the orange, being careful not to cut any of the white pith, which is bitter.
  2. Bring the milk, cream, vanilla, orange rind and cinnamon (if using) to a boil over low heat.
  3. Remove from the heat and let it cool down.
  4. Strain the milk and cream mixture to remove the vanilla bean, orange peel strips and cinnamon stick and discard them.
  5. Using a whisk, mix the egg yolks and sugar until you obtain a thick creamy mixture.
  6. Dissolve the cornstarch in 1 cup of the cooled milk mixture, the stir it back into the remaining milk mixture.
  7. Mix the milk in with the egg yolks and sugar, place it in a double boiler (See Note 1) over medium heat, and stir constantly until the cream thickens, do not let it boil.
  8. Cool the cream and pour into the ramekins or cazuelas. Place them on a tray or baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight in refrigerator.
  9. When ready to serve sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the turbinado sugar over each ramekin or cazuela. Heat a Catalana iron on an electric stove top burner or has flame, then press it against the sugar until burns. Repeat for remaining custards. You can also use a kitchen torch or place them under an oven broiler. Serve immediately.
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Notes

  • A double boiler is a pan that is constructed in two parts. The lower half of a double boiler contains the boiling water, the upper half holds the food being cooked and fits above the water. The upper part of the double boiler which holds the food does not touch the water, cooking occurs because of the steam heat generated by the boiling water. (source: Grammarist.com)
  • Adapted from Laylita’s Recipes.

Nutrition

Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 349mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 758IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 190mg | Iron: 1mg

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