Crema Catalana

Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Deborah Williams

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Nutritional Information

Calories 142
Fat 4.9 g
Satfat 2.3 g
Monofat 1.6 g
Polyfat 0.5 g
Protein 3.9 g
Carbohydrate 21 g
Fiber 0.0 g
Cholesterol 111 mg
Iron 0.3 mg
Sodium 86 mg
Calcium 103 mg

Ingredients

2 cups whole milk
3 (3 x 1-inch) strips fresh lemon rind
1 (2-inch) cinnamon stick
7 tablespoons sugar, divided
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 large egg yolks

Preparation

1. Heat milk over medium-high heat in a small heavy saucepan to 180° or until tiny bubbles form around edge (do not boil). Remove from heat. Add rind and cinnamon; cover and let stand 30 minutes. Discard rind and cinnamon.

2. Combine 1/4 cup sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add 1/4 cup milk to sugar mixture, stirring until smooth. Return milk mixture to pan; cook over medium-low heat 7 minutes or until almost thick, stirring constantly with a whisk. Place egg yolks in a small bowl. Gradually pour one-third of hot milk mixture into yolks, stirring constantly with a whisk. Carefully return yolk mixture to pan. Cook over low heat 4 minutes or until a thermometer registers 180°, stirring constantly with a whisk. Divide custard evenly among 6 (4-ounce) custard cups; press plastic wrap against surface of custard. Chill at least 4 hours.

3. Remove plastic; discard. Sprinkle remaining 3 tablespoons sugar evenly over custards. Holding a kitchen blowtorch about 2 inches from the top of each custard, heat the sugar, moving the torch back and forth, until sugar is completely melted and caramelized (about 1 minute). Serve immediately or within 1 hour.

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Ruth Cousineau,

November 2010