Crema catalana

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Enjoy this sweet recipe for one of the oldest desserts in Europe. It requires very few ingredients!

Typical Catalan dessert made from cream and egg yolks, covered with a traditional layer of caramelized sugar to provide a crispy contrast
Preparation time
10 minutes
Cooking time
20 minutes
Number of servings
1l milk
200g sugar
6 egg yolks
30g cornstarch
1 cinnamon stick
1 piece lemon peel
  1. Mix the egg yolks, sugar, and cornstarch with 1/3 of the milk.
  2. In a saucepan, boil 2/3 of the milk with the lemon peel and cinnamon.
  3. After 3 minutes, remove from the heat and take out the lemon and cinnamon.
  4. Slowly add the egg mixture to the hot milk through a strainer to ensure there are no lumps.
  5. Return it to the heat until it boils, stirring constantly.
  6. Once the mixture has begun to thicken, remove from the heat and put it into individual bowls to cool.
  7. For an authentic finish, sprinkle with sugar and brown with a blowtorch or under a preheated broiler to caramelize.