La Paella Crema Catalana is the Spanish version of Crème brûlée. A luscious custard is topped with sugar that is caramelized into a candy crust.  It’s delightfully good.

La Paella Crema Catalana

La Paella Crema Catalana
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Spanish
Serves: 6
  • 1/2 Cup cornstarch
  • 4 Cups milk
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 1/4 Cups sugar
  1. Dissolve cornstarch in 1 cup milk. Set aside.
  2. Warm remaining milk with cinnamon stick and lemon zest over medium heat. Bring to low boil. Blend egg yolks with 1 cup sugar in medium bowl.
  3. Strain boiled milk into egg mixture, stirring or whisking constantly. Add dissolved cornstarch mixture and mix well.
  4. Pour into pan and simmer over low heat, stirring constantly until thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and strain again through a fine sieve.
  5. Divide custard among 6 individual oven-proof dishes. Chill at least 2 hours before serving. Just before serving, spread remaining 1/4 cup sugar to cover tops evenly.
  6. Set dishes on rack beneath broiler; broil until sugar bubbles and browns (keep careful watch so tops do not burn.) Alternatively, heat tops with propane torch* until sugar forms a firm, caramelized layer, about 1 to 2 minutes.
*Take care to ensure that when using a propane torch, you do so on a fireproof surface and that no flammable items are near the flame.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: each of 6 servings Calories: 346 Fat: 9 g Carbohydrates: 60 g Sodium: 91 mg Fiber: 0.01 g Protein: 8 g Cholesterol: 285 mg

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