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The strong French influence of Catalonia's northern neighbor is apparent in this creme brulee-like Spanish dessert called crema catalana.

Homemade Spanish Crema Catalana Recipe

Lauren Aloise
A delicious homemade Crema Catalana recipe, topped with fresh fruit!
4.5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 6 -8 servings
Calories 195.57 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons 15 g of cornstarch
  • 2 1/2 cups of whole milk
  • A big slice of peel from a lemon and an orange note: not the zest, but rather big slices of the peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar if you can't find superfine, don't worry, it'll just be a bit more grainy
  • Additional sugar to caramelize on top
  • Fresh fruit like figs, raspberries or strawberries to top


  • Put the milk on the stove in a small saucepan, along with the citrus peels and the cinnamon stick. Slowly bring to a boil.
  • Dissolve the cornstarch in a splash of water and set aside.
  • While the milk is slowly heating, beat the egg yolks with the sugar, until the mixture turns pale yellow. Beat in the dissolved cornstarch and a spoonful of the hot milk.
  • Remove the citrus peels and cinnamon stick from the hot milk, and lower the heat.
  • Slowly add the egg yolk mixture to the milk, making sure to keep stirring so that the eggs don't scramble!
  • Stir constantly over a low heat, until the mixture has thickened.
  • Remove from the heat and pour the mixture into traditional clay dishes or ramekins.
  • Allow the custard to cool, and then cover in plastic wrap and chill the crema catalanas for about four hours (preferably overnight).
  • Before serving, I like to let mine come to room temperature (unless it's summer-- that would be too hot!). Then sprinkle a thin layer of sugar on top of each ramekin. Spread the sugar out by tilting the ramekins in all directions. Caramelize with a small kitchen blowtorch (though the truly authentic crema catalanas are made with a hot iron (see photo below).
  • Top with fresh fruit (optional) and enjoy!


Calories: 195.57kcalCarbohydrates: 27.34gProtein: 5.68gFat: 7.31gSaturated Fat: 3.33gCholesterol: 172.92mgSodium: 51.84mgPotassium: 157.58mgFiber: 0.65gSugar: 23.45gVitamin A: 413.26IUVitamin C: 2.89mgCalcium: 143.3mgIron: 0.49mg
Keyword Crema Catalana, crème brûlée, custard recipe
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