Crema Catalana

When I was sent a signed copy of The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adrià, I was immediately drawn to the recipe for Crema Catalana. The book contains the meals he fed his staff at elBulli and from these, Dave and I have chosen one entire meal to make. A lot of the ingredients are not available in South Africa, so I will gather them when we go to the UK in June. Until then, I am sharing this amazing dessert with you.

Crema Catalana
Crema Catalana
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Crema Catalana


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Crema Catalana

Make one large bowl as a sharing dessert, or several ramekins to serve individually
Recipe Category: Dessert
Makes enough for: 4 people
All Rights Reserved: Adapted from The Family Meal page 146


  • 250 mls milk
  • 60 mls whipping cream
  • 1 strip orange peel
  • 1 strip lemon peel
  • ½ thin quill cinnamon
  • 0.625 mls fennel seeds
  • 0.625 mls vanilla powder
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 45 g fructose
  • 5 g cornflour
  • sugar for sprinkling


  • Place the milk and cream into a large saucepan
  • Add the orange and lemon peel, cinnamon, fennel seeds and vanilla
  • Bring the mixture to the boil over a low to medium temperature
  • When close to boiling, place the egg yolks, fructose and cornflour into a large mixing bowl
  • Whisk until smooth then strain the boiling milk into the mixture, whisking continuously
  • Pour into a clean saucepan and cook over a medium temperature, whisking continuously, for 10 minutes
  • Pour into a heatproof dish and leave to cool
  • Sprinkle an even layer of sugar over the top and use a blowtorch to caramelize the sugar *
  • Leave until the sugar has set before serving


Make the set custard ahead of time and leave in the fridge for up to three days, before adding the caramelised sugar layer.
* If you don’t have a blow torch, make a caramel on the stove top and set it on baking paper. Crush into pieces and scatter over the top.
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16 thoughts on “Crema Catalana

  1. Hi Tandy, I don’t use an ad blocker because I don’t even notice them. I’ve always been able to block out distractions when I do things including noise and teachers telling me to put my book away [haha]. It is a useful skill. Thanks for this recipe.

  2. Hi from my road trip, now in Tucson, Arizona, and enjoying the scenery. I’m afraid I can’t do detailed comments as there’s just too much to do!

    best… mae at

  3. I run 2 different browsers, one with an ad blocker that I use most of the time and the other without that I use for some specific functions and when I need to check out ads for some reason. The dessert looks wonderful, like a twist on creme brulee, which I love!

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