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    Crema Catalana

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    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    15 mins
    Total Time
    20 mins

    If you think crema catalana is a cheap copy of a crème brûlée, think again. The first known recipe for crema catalana (Catalan cream) or crema cremada (burnt cream) appears in a Catalan cookbook around the 14th century, that is three centuries before recipes for the French crème brûlée started to appear. The recipe included a custard cream, over which sugar was poured and subsequently burnt with a hot iron rod, creating the characteristic burnt crust. There are also some clear differences between a crema catalana and a crème brûlée; the French tend to use vanilla flavoured cream, while the Catalan do so with milk, cinnamon and lemon and orange zest.

    Total Time 20 mins
    Serves 6 people
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    Chef's Profile

    Javier De La Hormaza

    Javier is a Basque born, trained chef and hospitality professional, owner of Basco Fine Foods, a Spanish food and drink importer based in Yorkshire. He regularly runs client food and drink events around the country and he is a course tutor at Hartingtons of Bakewell cookery school. Javier’s passion lies on bringing quality Spanish ingredients and recipes to as many people as possible.

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