Crema Catalana

posted by ramon 12-01-99 10:17 AM

Crema Catalana

1 liter milk, whole milk
grating from 1 orange and 1 lemon rind
8 tblspoons sugar
2 tblspoons maizena (a corn flour you use to thicken, the name in English escapes me at the moment, sorry)
2 cinnamon sticks
5 egg yolks

Boil the milk with the cinnamon and the gratings. While it is heating up, mix the yolks with the sugar, the maizena, and after the milk has boiled and cooled a little, strain and pour on the egg mix while whisking all the time.

Heat up again until it begins to simmer and thickens up, whisking all the time. As soon as it thickens, put the pot in cold water and keep stirring until it cools. In this way you avoid the skin that might form at cooling. Then refrigerate overnight.

You can fill a sweet pie crust with it, or mix with fresh strawberries, or just sprinkle some sugar on it, and then burn it with either a hot iron or a burner.

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