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Authentic Crema Catalana Recipe

Crema Catalana is a delicious traditional dessert of the Spanish cuisine.
4.86 from 14 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chilling Time 3 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 5 people
CALORIES 344 kcal


  • 1 litre whole milk
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar (150 grams)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 lemon peel
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon sugar per serving for caramelized crust optional


  • In a saucepan, add milk, a cinnamon stick and a lemon peel.
  • Put it over high heat and when it starts to boil, lower the heat and let it cook for 5 more minutes. Set aside with the saucepan covered.
  • Separate 8 egg yolks from 8 egg whites. In a mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar with a hand held mixer at medium speed until foamy and pale yellow.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of cornflour to the mixture and beat with the hand mixer until well integrated.
  • pour the milk into the mixture through a sieve, removing the cinnamon stick and the lemon peel. Whisk with the hand mixer for one second.
  • Once you have all the mixture integrated, put it back on the stove over a medium heat. Stir with a whisk until it starts to boil.
  • As soon as you see the first boiling bubble, remove it from the heat and pour it into traditional clay dishes.
  • Deja que se atempere 10 minutos y metes la crema en la nevera durante 3 horas hasta que repose y enfríe.
  • Before serving, sprinkle a thin layer of sugar over the top of each dish with a spoon and burn the sugar with a small kitchen blowtorch to caramelize the thin layer. Et voilà! You have just made a delicious crema catalana!


Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 336mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 341mg | Fiber: 0.03g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 749IU | Calcium: 291mg | Iron: 1mg