Crema Catalana

Preparation info

    • Difficulty


Appears in

Roast Chicken & Other Stories

By Simon Hopkinson and Lindsey Bareham

Published 1994

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I think the flavours in this custard are most unusual and absolutely delicious. However, some people to whom I have served it think it is disgusting. ‘Medicinal’ has been suggested – perhaps it’s the liquorice flavour from the fennel seeds.


  • 500 ml/18 fl oz double cream
  • 150 ml/¼


Preheat the oven to 275°F/140°C/Gas Mark 1. Heat together the cream, milk, fennel seeds, vanilla pod, and lemon and orange rinds. Whisk as it comes to the boil to disperse the vanilla seeds, then remove from the