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Crema Catalana (Spanish Creme Brulee) by

Tags: CremeBrulee


2 cups whole milk
3 1" strips fresh lemon rind
1 2" cinnamon stick
7 tbsp sugar, divided
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/8 tsp salt
3 large egg yolks


1. Heat milk over medium-high heat in a small heavy saucepan to 180 degrees or until tiny bubbles form around edge (do not boil). Remove from heat. Add rind and cinnamon; cover and let stand 30 min. Discard rind and cinnamon.

2. Combine 1/4 cup sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add 1/4 cup milk to sugar mixture, stirring until smooth. Return milk mixture to pan; cook over medium-low heat 7 min or until almost thick, stirring constantly with a whisk. Place egg yolks in a small bowl. Gradually pour one-third of hot milk mixture into yolks, stirring constantly with a whisk. Carefully return yolk mixture to pan. Cook over low heat 4 min or until a thermometer registers 180 degrees, stirring constantly with a whisk. Divide custard evenly among 6 (4-ounce) custard cups; press plastic wrap against surface of custard. Chill at least 4 hours.

3. Remove plastic; discard. Sprinkle remaining 3 tbsp of sugar evenly over custards. Holding a kitchen blowtorch about 2" from the top of each custard, heat the sugar, moving the torch back and forth until sugar is completely melted and caramelized (about 1 min). Serve immediately or within 1 hour.

Servings: 6

Nutrition Information (per serving):
Calories 142
Fat 4.9 g
Saturated Fat 2.3 g
Cholesterol 111 mg
Sodium 86 mg
Carbohydrates 21
Protein 3.9 g

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