crema catalana

Crema Catalana

Last Updated on 24/11/2021 by richard

Crema Catalana is like crème brûlée but in my opinion better and easier to make.

Crème brûlée and crema Catalana are very similar, being essentially a sweet custard topped with a crust of crystallized sugar.

crema catalana

Crema Catalana

Crema Catalana is similar to creme brulee but easier and with a wonderful orange undertone.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Spanish
Calories 521 kcal


  • 240 ml milk
  • 1 strip orange peel not zest
  • 1 strip lemon peel not zest
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoon sugar fine/regular will work
  • ½ tablespoon corn starch corn flour
  • 2 tablespoon superfine sugar to top


Ahead of time

  • Gently warm the milk over a medium-low heat in a small saucepan with the pieces of orange and lemon peel and the cinnamon stick to infuse it.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and corn starch (corn flour).
  • Take the lemon and orange peel and cinnamon out of the milk. Gradually add the egg mixture into the warm milk, whisking as you go to ensure you don’t get scrambled egg lumps. I usually take it off the heat to do this to help avoid heating the egg too much.
  • Put the pan back on a low heat and warm, stirring constantly until it is just thickening.
  • Pour into individual ramekins (or ceramic dish), let cool then refrigerate at least 4 hours, or overnight. I’d recommend covering with cling wrap against the surface to avoid it forming a thick skin.

When ready to serve

  • Sprinkle fine sugar evenly over the top then melt the sugar either with a blowtorch or under a broiler (grill) to form a sugar crust.


Note if you have any lumps in the mixture, you can strain it through a fine sieve as you pour into the ramekins/dish.


Calories: 521kcalCarbohydrates: 80gProtein: 13gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 72g
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