Crème Caramel (Caramel Custard)
If there is such a thing as a French national dessert then crème caramel is it! It makes a lovely dessert to serve when guests are coming.
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Ingredients
  • 500 ml (16 fl oz) full-cream milk
  • 100 g (3½ oz) white sugar
  • 4 eggs, well beaten
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence or 1 vanilla pod (split)
For the caramel
  • 120 g (4 oz) white sugar
Instructions
  1. Prepare the caramel: Heat the sugar and 2 tbsp of water very gently in a pan. Stir once the sugar starts to bubble, then leave to simmer very gently for about 10 minutes until it starts to turn brown.
  2. Stir very gently, then once the caramel goes dark brown pour it quickly into your moulds.
  3. Prepare the custard: Bring the milk and vanilla to the boil in a pan. Simmer very gently for 2 minutes (4 minutes if using a vanilla pod).
  4. Whisk the eggs and sugar together. Pour in a small amount of the hot milk and whisk. Now add the remaining hot milk slowly with constant stirring.
  5. Pass the custard through a sieve to remove any lumps or bits.
  6. Pour the custard over the caramel in the moulds.
  7. Place the moulds in a baking tray and add enough boiling water to the tray such that the water comes two-thirds of the way up the moulds.
  8. Bake at 160°C for 50-55 minutes.
  9. The custards should be wobbly but firm to the touch. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before chilling in the ‘fridge for 2-3 hours. Remove from the moulds to serve.
Titli's Tips
Warning: If you heat the sugar too strongly at the caramel stage it will darken very quickly and may even go black! It continues to caramelise even once you have removed it from the heat so it is important to get it into the moulds as quickly as possible.

Ramekins are best as moulds for crème caramel, but you could use aluminium cup-cake cases. I’ve never had a good experience when using silicone moulds for crème caramel!

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Calories 238 11%
Calories from Fat 50
Total Fat 5.6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 12%
Unsaturated Fat 2.5g
   
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate 41.1g 13%
Dietary Fibre 0.0g 0%
Sugars 41.1g
Protein 6.4g 12%
Cholesterol 117.7mgs 39%
Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.