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Traditional Spanish Dessert Crema Catalana

An irresistible dessert with its creamy texture and caramelized crust: Crema Catalana.

August 29, 2022
Traditional Spanish Dessert Crema Catalana
Difficulty Medium
Servings 6 people
Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 40 mins
Total 50 mins



  1. Put milk, orange, lemon zest and cinnamon in a saucepan. Add the vanilla peel and boil slowly.
  2. Remove from heat and leave to infuse for 15 minutes.
  3. Beat the egg yolk in a bowl until the sugar and corn flour reach a creamy consistency.
  4. Put the milk in the saucepan and cook over medium heat.
  5. Add the egg mixture gently by whisking continuously for about 7 minutes just before reaching the boiling point.
  6. Remove from fire and pour into separate containers.
  7. Cover each container with stretch film and allow to cool before placing in the refrigerator.
  8. To serve, sprinkle over 1 tablespoon sugar and caramelize the sugar if you want.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Traditional Spanish Dessert Crema Catalana
Serves 6
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 251 mg83.7%
Sodium 48 mg2.1%
Potassium 104 mg2.2%
Protein 6 g12%
Total Fat 7 g9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • To caramelize sugar while serving, Spaniards use heated iron. However, it will be sufficient to put the sugar in the oven to caramelize it.
  • You can serve the Crema Catalan dessert both cold and hot.
  • If you keep it in the fridge one day, its taste and consistency will be better.
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Crema Catalana, also known as Catalan Cream, is a famous dessert from the Catalonia Region. It is one of the delightful flavors of Spanish cuisine. Cream Catalan, which has an international reputation, is traditionally cooked on the stove. It has a custard consistency. The orange peel, lemon and cinnamon sticks in it add a special flavor to the dessert. The creamy textured sweet is quite tasty with caramelized sugar topping.

In Spain, "Crema de Sant Josep" (Father's Day) is celebrated on March 19th. Making this Spanish dessert on this special day is a tradition.

You can make a difference with this light and haunting dessert. Try the Cream Catalan dessert, which has a unique flavor! Check out our recipe that will help you make Cream Catalan easily at home in 8 steps!

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.

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