Homemade Spanish Custard (Natillas)

Natillas, or Spanish custard, belongs to the wide range of desserts that my grandmother used to make us. Therefore, when I eat this homemade dessert, it reminds me of my childhood.

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I remember when we used to go to my grandmother’s house for Sunday lunch. I was very happy visiting my grandmother. First, I loved enjoying quality time with her. Also, I knew what dessert was going to be served after every Sunday meal: natillas!

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She always made us this dessert because she knew we all loved it.

When I started making natillas for the first time, I realised that it was easier than I thought. It was delicious, almost as much as my grandmother’s homemade custard.

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It is a very easy dessert to make since it is made of basic ingredients such as milk and eggs. You can give your own touch by flavouring it to your taste, with either just a cinnamon stick, or two lemon peels or one lemon peel and one orange peel. In Spain we like to give it a citrus aroma.

By the way, remember to peel the lemon and orange peels without the white part.

How To Make Homemade Spanish Custard (Natillas)

1. In a large saucepan, pour 3 cups of whole milk and add in one cinnamon stick over medium-high heat ( level 7 on glass-ceramic ) until boiling.

2. In a glass or a saucepan, pour 1 cup of whole milk and add in two tablespoons of cornstarch. Stir until dissolved.

3.In a separate bowl, beat 8 egg yolks with an electric hand mixer with 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar and the milk with cornstarch. Keep beating until well combined.

4. When the flavoured milk starts to boil, remove it from the heat.

5. Pour the milk through a strainer into the bowl with the egg yolk mixture. And stir with a fork until well integrated.

6. Pour the mixture in a saucepan and cook over low heat. With the help of a wooden spoon, stir continuously to keep the mixture from boiling and the yolks from curdling.

7. You will see foam coming out, keep stirring until it disappears. When the foam is gone, the custard is done. Remove from heat.

8. Strain the custard through a sieve into a deep bowl and put it to chill in the refrigerator for two hours. Et voilà! You have made delicious natillas for dessert!

More Traditional Custard Desserts

You can also try these other traditional custard recipes.

  • Crema Catalana: This traditional Spanish burnt cream is made with a custard base topped with burnt sugar.
  • Crème Brûlée: This traditional French dessert literally means burnt cream, but it is flavored with vanilla instead.
  • Spanish Flan: This traditional flan was a famous dessert in the time of the Roman Empire until today!
  • Pastry Cream: This creamy custard is usually piped into many desserts, especially those made of puff pastry

If you liked this natillas recipe, and you want to take it a step further, I challenge you to try this floating island recipe on spanish custard.

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Spanish Custard Recipe

Natillas, or Spanish custard, is one of the wide range of desserts that my grandmother used to make us.This custard recipe is made with basic ingredients.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Chilling Time 2 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 6 people
CALORIES 245 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 litre whole milk
  • 8 eggs
  • 6 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Marie biscuit per person (optional)

Instructions
 

  • In a large saucepan, pour 3 cups of whole milk and add in one cinnamon stick over medium-high heat until boiling.
  • In a glass or a saucepan, pour 1 cup of whole milk and add in two tablespoons of cornstarch. Stir until dissolved.
  • In a separate bowl, beat 8 egg yolks with an electric hand mixer together with 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar. Pour in the milk with cornstarch.
  • When the flavoured milk starts to boil, remove it from the heat.
  • Pour the milk through a strainer into the bowl with the egg yolk mixture. And stir with a fork until well integrated.
  • Pour the mixture in a saucepan and cook over low heat. Stir continuously to keep the mixture from boiling and the yolks from curdling.
  • When you see foam coming out, keep stirring until it disappears. When the foam is gone, the custard is done. Remove from the heat.
  • Strain the custard into a deep bowl and put it to chill in the refrigerator for two hours. Et voilà! You have just made Spanish custard!

NUTRITION

Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 239mg | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 342mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 597IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 250mg | Iron: 1mg
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Hi! My name is Blanca, and I am an Interior Architect by day. And by … morning, noon and night, I’m Mom of two little angels!! I love desserts and, in my spare time, I make all kind of sweet treats and write about it on my blog.




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