- Includes a traditional Catalan recipe
- Make this treat on your stove top without a torch!
- Lead-free, food-safe
- Size - 6 x 4.5 inch cazuelas plus iron
Crema Catalana is the Spanish version of creme brulee. On the other hand, some would say the opposite - that the French learned this recipe from their close neighbors in Catalunya. Either way, this creamy dessert with a caramelized sugar topping is fun to make and delightful to eat.
The authentic way to create this classic dessert requires a red-hot heating iron. However, before we get to the fun part, first you need to make a simple custard flavored with vanilla and lemon, using traditional terra cotta cazuela dishes.
Once that has chilled for about three hours in the refrigerator, heat the included iron (called a salamander in Spanish!) on a stove burner until the disk is red hot. It makes a big difference when applying the heat to the sugar. Think of this as branding a cow.
Sprinkle each Crema Catalana with sugar — raw sugar is particularly good - and hold the iron very close to the surface, but not touching. This will caramelize the sugar, thereby creating a crunchy sweet crust on top.
How caramelized you want the sugar to be is a matter of personal taste. Some people like the sugar toasted dark brown, others a lighter tan color.
The process may create some smoke, so do this in a well ventilated area! Now they are ready to serve.
This kit includes six terra cotta cazuelas and a burner (salamander) especially made to fit them. The box also includes instructions and a recipe.
Note: The heating iron comes with a thin, non-toxic protective coating to prevent it from rusting. Prior to first use, you will need to heat the round end of the iron and burn off the coating in a well-ventilated area.
After every use, the iron needs to be lightly oiled, like a cast iron skillet, before storing.
Average Customer Rating: 3.5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
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Martha Rsmsey - Fredonia, Texas
"This was a gift to my daughter for Christmas. She and her husband are delighted with the looks and quality of the product. They have not actually used it yet, but I feel sure they will continue to like this. She commented on the packaging as being very good. "
Danielle - Countryside, Illinois
"I purchases this set because of the iron but it doesn't absorb enough flame heat to carmelize the crema catalans, making the product a waste. The ramekins are of decent quality, though.