What is the difference between Crème Brûlée and Crema Catalana?
Crema Catalan is a dessert that belongs to the Catalonia region of Spain. It is among the oldest dessert recipes in Europe. It is a traditional flavor known since the 1300's.
Creme Brule (Crème brûlée) is suggested to be of French and English origin. It has been known since the 1600's.
- Both desserts have a custard consistency. The custard has a caramelized sugar layer on it.
- Spanish Crema Catalan thickened with cornstarch. Creme Brule, on the other hand, gets thicker with cream.
- Crema Catalan flavored with orange peel, lemon zest and cinnamon. Creme Brule is flavored with vanilla.
- Different cooking methods are used when making French cream (burnt cream) with Catalan cream.
- The Spanish dessert is cooked in a pan over low heat. The French dessert is cooked in a double boiler.
- Crema Catalan has a softer and thinner sugar layer than creme brule dessert.