Crema Catalana

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy
Ingredients
  • 5 cups whole milk (do not use lowfat or nonfat)
  • 8 3 x1inch strips lemon peel
  • 4 3 x1inch strips orange peel
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract
Directions

Combine milk, lemon peel, orange peel and cinnamon sticks in heavy medium saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Discard lemon peels, orange peels and cinnamon sticks.

Using electric mixer, beat egg yolks and sugar in large bowl until light and lemon colored. Beat in cornstarch. Gradually whisk in hot milk. Return mixture to same saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils, whisking constantly, about 10 minutes. Divide custard among six 2/3 cup custard cups. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.

Preheat broiler. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over custards. Broil until brown sugar caramelizes. (Or caramelize with round branding iron). Serve.


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