Custard is a simple preparation of eggs and milk or cream; caramel custard typically involves a few more ingredients: evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and sugar. These ingredients are mixed together, placed into custard cups, and baked — it’s that easy.
Custards are traditionally used as the basis of desserts such as flan, with its delicious and gooey caramel top. In this case, sugar and water are boiled down to make a sweet and sticky caramel sauce poured into the bottom of the ramekin before you add the custard.
Special contributor Madeline Monaco says “Custards, in general, date back to Ancient Roman times when Romans began keeping chickens and had an excess number of eggs…” In order for the eggs not to go to waste, they began mixing with cream. Flan, developed by the Spaniards in the early 1800s, is one of the most popular custard desserts. Other uses for caramel custard include using it as a filling for doughnuts or pastries. You can incorporate other delicious flavors into your custard: orange, honey, and almond all work really well.
Now that you understand the basics for making smoothy, creamy, caramel custard it’s time to head into the kitchen and experiment. Here are a few recipes to get you started:
Almond-Infused Mexican Flan with Raspberry Salsa
There are many variations of flan, and you can use different techniques to achieve a creamy texture. This recipe incorporates almonds in place of more eggs for a smooth, silky-textured flan.
Caramel Pots de Crème with Honey Sauce
Grab your spoons and get ready to take a bite of this luscious caramel pots de crème served with a decadent honey sauce. Each spoonful is sweet, flavorful, and smooth. If you’ve never had a pot de crème before, it’s the French version of an American pudding. — Living Sweet Moments
For the Caramel Pot De Crème with Honey Sauce recipe, click here.