Crema Catalana

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crema catalana recipe

Crema Catalana


Crema Catalana is a classic Spanish and a great dessert to make at home. Mabel from Tapas & Friends in Zurich sent us this excellent and authentic recipe. Why not try it out yourself? Alternatively if you want to taste it – but don’t have the time – why not pop over to Tapas & Friends in Zurich? They also do a take-away service.



1 litre of milk

6 free range or organic egg yolks

40 grams Maizena

1 cinamon stick

The peel of half organic lemon (very important!)

160 grams of sugar



  1. Pour the milk into a pan with the cinamon and the lemon peel. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Whisk the eggs with the sugar and the corn flour (Maizena) and set aside in another pan not yet heated.
  3. Once the milk, cinammon and lemon peel have simmered for 5 minutes, add the mixture to the eggs a little at a time, stirring the whole time with the pan on a medium heat. Continue stirring clockwise until the consistency becomes thicker and creamy.
  4. Pour the mixture into a bowl to cool and cover with cling film. The film needs to touch the cream in order to prevent a build up on the top.
  5. Once it has cooled down, take off the film and mix it all together again until creamy. Pour into bowls and place in the fridge.
  6. Before serving sprinkle a little extra sugar on top and caramelize it by using a burner for a few seconds or by placing under a hot grill for a few minutes until the sugar melts and turns brown.

Tapas & Friends are located at Aemtlerstrasse 86, 8003 Zürich


Other dessert recipes you might be interested in:

India’s Cherry Bakewell Tart

Easy Apple Tart

Easy Mini Apple and Almond Cakes

Caffe Affogato



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